Dheer fondly recalled Salman Khan's early days, stating that the megastar practically grew up before his eyes. He expressed amazement at Salman's journey, noting that back when they played cricket along with Salman's brothers on the busy streets of Bandra, Mumbai, he could never have imagined the immense stardom that Salman would achieve. lives too, as Dheer had the opportunity to collaborate with Salman in the films 'Sanam Bewafa' (1991) and 'Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge' (2002), creating memorable cinematic moments together.
In an interview with Lehren Retro, Dheer said that there is no better human being than Salman in the film industry. According to him, he is a different boy and we can only salute him. The actor further added that every time he meets him, he just hugs him. Pankaj also added that Salman gave his all to his family. He has a big heart and is a fantastic person.
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Dheer also served as an assistant director in four films alongside Amitabh Bachchan, including 'Parwana', 'Benaam', 'Adalat' and 'Parvarish'. During this period, he witnessed the transformation of Amitabh Bachchan into the iconic 'Shehenshaah' of Indian cinema. Reflecting on the journey, Dheer expressed admiration for Bachchan's unmatched work ethic and determination. Having watched the actor's evolution from 'Parwana' to 'Parvarish', Dheer emphasized that Bachchan's success is a testament to his unmatched talent and dedication. According to Dheer, Amitabh Bachchan is India's most deserving actor, surpassing all competitors and setting a global standard that puts him in a league of his own.
Dheer also had the opportunity to collaborate with legendary actor Irrfan Khan during the early stages of Irrfan's career. The partnership unfolded in the television series 'Chandrakanta', where the actor fondly recalled an interesting aspect of Irrfan's contribution. He recalled how Irrfan would sometimes not receive any dialogue for an entire week but would still be present behind the scenes of scenes, adding a unique and memorable touch to the production. This anecdote reflects Irrfan Khan's distinct approach to acting and his ability to leave a lasting impact even in the absence of explicit lines.
The actor recalled that Irrfan was unable to deliver dialogues for eight days straight during the shooting of Chandrakanta. He would pat his shoulder and say, 'Pankaj bhai, it's been eight days since I said a word, please let's talk.' So, he said his dialogues in question and answer format with him.
However, Irrfan Khan has become one of the most celebrated actors on national and international stages, demonstrating his exceptional acting ability. According to Dheer, Irrfan's rise to fame was a combination of “luck” and the crucial factors of choosing the “right film”, securing the “right release” and arriving at the “right time”. Dheer emphasizes the importance of these elements in shaping each actor's career trajectory, highlighting the delicate balance required for success in the dynamic world of cinema.