Bollywood’s veteran actors and close friends Dharmendra (Deol) and Mumtaz (Askari Madhvani) recently caught up with each other in Mumbai. The photos of the meeting, featuring also the veteran actor’s first wife Prakash Kaur, went viral.
Mumtaz spends most of the time at her house in London, but the actress of yesteryears loves spending time in Mumbai too, where she arrived a few weeks ago.
A couple of days earlier she met her former co-star Dharmendra and the pictures of their meeting went viral.
Dharmendra, who has been living in his farmhouse just outside Mumbai since the outbreak of the Chinese virus, lamented how Covid-19 has distanced human beings from one another.
“Social distancing has now become the normal thing. Nobody meets anyone anymore. Sometimes it gets lonely. Given the current situation, it was very sweet of Mumtaz to drop in. We met after many years,” Dharmendra was quoted as saying. He went on to add, “हमें और मिलना चाहिए (We should meet more often).”
Mumtaz and Dharmendra have acted in several films together in the past. Some of them are Loafer, Jheel Ke Uss Paar and Mere Humdam Mere Dost.
Commenting on the bygone era, the star said, “We did a hit film together in the 1960s Mere Humdam Mere Dost, where she was the second lead. मेहनत से वो top heroine बन गई. In the 1970s, we did two very good films together, Jheel Ke Uss Paar and Loafer. Loafer’s songs were big hits. ‘आज मौसम बड़ा बेईमान है’ is hummed to this day.”
Mumtaz had visited Dharmendra and his first wife Prakash Kaur last week along with her sister. The photos from the visit had immediately surfaced on social media sites.
Talking about the close-knit meet and greet session, she said,“I have only a handful of friends in the film industry. One of them is Dharmendra. I called him up and told him that I was in the city and wanted to meet him. I visited him at his place in Mumbai for tea.
“We were meeting after a long-long time. We were also joined by his wife (Prakash Kaur). She’s sweet. We sat for around two hours and spoke about दुनिया की बातें… industry कितनी बड़ी हो गई है, लोग कितने बदल गए हैं. We also walked down memory lane, remembering our film shoots. I haven’t done too many films with Dharmendra, but जितनी भी की हैं, उनमें हम बहुत close हो गए. He is a wonderful man and a human being. I have genuinely liked him since then.”
The two remembered their old friends and made a promise to check up on each other more often. “All her favourite co-stars Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand are gone. It’s sad when you lose your friends. We must meet more often before it’s too late,” Dharmendra concluded.