Dilip Kumar died this morning at the age of 98. The legend, who was not keeping well since a long time, was also hospitalised recently. His demise has defintely marked the end of an era and many actors who got the opportunity to work with him have been sharing their experience.
Actor Ghanashyam Nayak, who is currently playing the role of Nattu Kaka in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, also rememberd the late actor in an exclusive chat with us.
Ghanashaym Nayak, 77, has worked in 250 Hindi and Gujrati films. In his career, he had an opportunity to work with the Thespian too. Also read: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's Nattu Kaka Starred In Nani Teri Morni Ko Song With Farhan Akhtar's Mom Honey Irani!- EXCLUSIVE
Talking to SpotboyE.com exclusively, Ghanashyam Nayak said, "I am really sad with the news of legend Dilip Kumar leaving us. He was a great man with a lovely soul. I had the opportunity to work for him once and I can't forget that day as I got to shoot the scene in his bunglow." Also read: Veteran Actor Dilip Kumar Passes Away At 98 Due To Prolonged Illness
Remembering his meeting with Dilip Saab, Ghanashyam Nayak said, "Dilip Sahab had produced a TV serial a long time back which was titled, Zara Dekho To Inka Kamal and there was a servant's role in it. The writer Ahmed Naqvi had suggested my name to him for the character saying 'Naukar ke role ke liye Ghanashyam Nayak best hai usko bulao'. The shooting took place at Dilip Kumar's bungalow only. So, when I went there, he saw me from afar and said, 'Aao Ghanashyam Aao'. And I was surprisingly shocked 'Itna bada aadmi aur mujhe ek minute mein apna bana liya'. Mere kandhe par haath rakhkar unke gadern mein mujhe poora scene khud samjhaya. And then he took me inside his bunglow and said, 'let's start the shooting'."
The actor goes on revealing the advice he gave him before the shoot, "He gave me all the instructions and asked me to not do acting and keep it natural. In no time we finished the scene and he was really impressed. The shoot was for one day but I can't forget that day ever. Immideatly after my scene he came to me and said you did it really well and your cheque is ready. But you can't leave from here until you eat with us. Being a star he treated me so well. When I said, 'Sir its too early to have food for me, I would leave now', so he said, 'Tum hamare ghar ke member ho, aise bina khaaye jaaoge to kaise chalega?'. I joined my hands and excused from there."
Ask him if he got a chance to meet him again and the actor says, "A few years later, I was shooting for my film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam at Filmcity, Helipad. He had come there and when I saw him, I waved towards him and he too waved back. After so many years also, he recognised me and spoke to me. He was a lovely person."
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