February 23, 2020

Sanjeev Kumar was a genius who left us early : Deepak Gheewala

Veteran actor Deepak Gheewala who is currently playing the popular Bapuji in Rajan Shahi’s Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke has an amazing connection with late superstar Sanjeev Kumar who was also known as Hari Bhai. Speaking about their long association Deepak shares,”We go a long way. In the sixties, we used to be a part of a famous Gujrati play titled Maare Judaa Thavu chhe. It was a big hit. Sanjeev Kumar and I shared a great rapport. We both belong to Surat and I remember he used to like my mother’s cooking specially Khandvi and Dhokla. Sanjeev Kumar was a genius who left us early, I have learnt a lot from him. In the initial years of his career he had a tough time and saw a lot of hardship. He used to live in a chawl in Bhuleshwar. 1967 onwards he started getting work and what a talented actor he was. The list of memorable films he acted in is endless – Koshish, Sholay, Angoor, Grihpravesh, Pati Patni Aur Woh are only few. One can learn a lot of acting skills by just observing him. After he passed away there was a void in my life. One principle which I always followed in our friendship was I have never asked for any kind of favour from him. That was the reason our relationship never had a problem.” Apart from Sanjeev Kumar Deepak has been inspired by Amitabh Bachchan, Balraj Sahni and Dilip Kumar.

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