is your feeling after meeting ANR and visiting Annapurna studios?
I am getting further inspired by ANR. I saw his library and
archives. His contribution to the film industry is huge. I
envy ANR for his achievements. ANRs son Nagarjuna could
be an international star with the kind of looks he posses.
The world is becoming small with globalization and latest
technology. India is not far behind Hollywood now. Annaurna
studio is a great studio.
you watch any of ANRs films?
I watched few scenes of ANRs films on TV. I met ANR
for a brief time at a film related event in USA in 1964.
do you feel about your career when you analyze it?
It feels really good. I came to Mumbai from Lahore in 1943
with Rs. 30/- in my pocket. I struggled hard for a couple
of years. I got the break in 1945. It felt good when I visited
Lahore along with Vajpayee in a bus few years ago. I possess
a strong will power and I achieved everything alone. I strongly
believe that one can achieve anything when one do it alone.
I am spending all my money in films. I dont have any
money left for myself. I get lots of satisfaction from this
creative work of filmmaking and acting. I am currently writing
a book on my own experience. This book will be published by
a famous American publisher.
dress on you seem to create ripples among girls in your primetime?
Wearing black dresses in films used to be of bad sentiment
then. But I did a film titled Kalapani where hero
vows to wear only black dress till justice is made to his
father who was falsely convicted. I wore black dress throughout
that film. That dress became rage among the filmgoers and
I have lots of girls following me whenever I wear black dress
always wear your trade mark cap. What is the reason?
I wore this type of cap in Baazi film and it became very popular.
Since then this cap has become my companion. I devoted one
chapter for this cap in my unpublished book.
is your opinion on Madhu Bala?
She was young and pretty. She was also an ever smiling lady
and a natural beauty. She doesnt wear much make-up.
She used to be bit whimsical. Her father used to chauffeur
her all time.
us about your association with Guru Dutt?
Guru Dutt is my best friend. We knew each other even before
Guru Dutt became a director. We decided that we should support
each other after one of us get a break. I produced a film
titled Baazi by introducing Guru Dutt as the director. After
that I acted as hero in CID produced by Guru Dutt. Then we
got busy with our own work.
is the difference you find between the old generation and
the new generation of actors?
I think everybody is talented. Without talent, nobody becomes
famous. I am not trying to be diplomatic. I am telling you
are your future plans?
I registered my scripts with Directors Guild of America. My
next script Beauty Queen is ready.
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