It was a day when two stars descended on the city. Both old hats in the profession, one from the southernmost State and the other from the Jat heartland.

While Bollywood actor Dharmendra was here to promote his movie Yamla, Pagla, Deewana — remember that robust yesteryear song — with his son Sunny Deol who has been out of the limelight for years now, Malayalam film actor Mammootty was here to inaugurate a boutique birthing facility, owned by his daughter and her family.

The facility, promoted by Rhea Healthcare, was inaugurated on Wednesday by Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde.

Burning desire

Speaking on the posh facility, Mammootty said it was his family's “burning desire to start a venture that means something to society”. “After a lot of debate we thought this was the best way,” he said. His daughter Surumi Sayeed is the CEO of the venture and plans are on to expand to three other cities.

Dharmendra was here for a less lofty goal: that of promoting his film, starring both his sons also, slated to hit theatres this Friday.

Interacting with reporters, the 75-year-old said acting took the backseat for him after 1995, when “newcomers overpowered the industry”.

‘Fast food'

This, he said was a positive trend. “The audience wants fast food,” he quipped, adding that they are not happy with predictable scripts like in the past. Having been a part of the industry for 50 years now, it was clear he was still full of life and raring to go.

Actor Kulraj Randhawa, the leading lady, appears poised to make a shift from her career in Punjabi films and television to Bollywood.

How was it to have all the males in the family in a single film? This strengthened their performance, according to the junior Deol. “The comfort level is high when we work together as a family,” said Sunny, talking of plans to initiate a sequel.

Dharmendra batted for his son, Mammootty for daughter

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