The scene is picturised on Dharmendar and his real life daughter, Esha Deol... yes, this film’s all in the family. And the dialogue has Esha telling Dharmendra, “You’re the best father in the world.” To which Garam Dharam’s emotional response is, “... and you’re the best daughter in the world.”
When the cameras rolled and the scene got underway, Esha broke down uncontrollably when her father said his dialogue. And Dharmendra, who is a big softie in person — his tough image on screen notwithstanding, joined her as tears welled up in his eyes as well. Unit hands who were stunned, touched and embarrassed by this emotional baap-beti scene, said that “only Hemaji kept her composure”.
Esha, who is working with Dharmendra for the first time, admitted that doing Tell Me Oh Khuda was as much a nightmare as a dream come true. “Mom’s really strong,” said Esha, “it was an emotional moment for her as well, though she didn’t show it.” She was surprised to learn that Dharmendra has never relied on glycerine when it came to shooting tearful scenes. “But that day was special, with me thoda zyada ho gaya, something just gave way and I cried. Maybe it was those words that I had bottled up inside me and wanted to say to Dad all these years,” admitted the young actress.
They are shooting in Goa and this break had brought the family closer than ever before. Dharmendra is now planning a holiday with Hema and their two daughters. Only Ahana is missing, she’s busy with her new boutique, but will join the family after the shooting. Dharmendra said, “Working with Esha, I was doubly emotional since this was the first time I was seeing her acting... and that too with me.” Initially, he was reluctant to accept this role, but Esha persuaded him. “One can never say no to one’s children,” said Dharmendra. And the fringe benefits are a holiday with the family in Goa and boys’ nights out with old colleagues Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna who are also in Hema’s production.