My dad made great movies. I don't know why people didn't wake up to him; they should have woken up to him in the later days. In Hollywood, they understand preserving their wealth in the form of talent -- their senior actors. I think we should also do the same.
An actor improves with age, gets more experience with age. So our older crop of actors should be preserved. I think his films were fine and people are going to wake up to him now that he is no more. People are going to study those movies.
He has had the longest innings of any actor in the world. I was reading on the net and I came to know that Hollywood's top actor has not worked for more than 49 years. Dad worked for 65 years, spanning eight decades. Has any Indian actor achieved that? No.
I think in his later years my dad was not given his due. He should have been given his due by everybody with all due respect.
Mindsets change, new influences come in, a new generation has come in and the scenario has changed. People's sensibilities have changed and may be they didn't understand such intelligence any more. Dad's movies were 100 years ahead of their time, we still haven't caught up with them.
I loved all my dad's movies. He was one actor you could shoot from any angle and it will still be a perfect photograph. He had a great face. My dad looked handsomer with age. He looked better with every film; he looked 48 in Chargesheet when he was 88. Lord Karan Billimoria (entrepreneur and a life peer in the UK) said at his funeral: 'He is the youngest man that I ever met.'
My favourite film of my dad was Johny Mera Naam. It was a fantastic film. I think he looked dashing, the music was good. I loved it, for me it was a benchmark.
He gave a chance to so many actors -- Zeenat Aman, Tina Munim, Jackie Shroff, Shabana Azmi, Kabir Bedi, Shekhar Kapur, Shatrughan Sinha, Amrish Puri. Most of them were huge names later but they did not forget him.
I was not hurt that there was no one for his funeral in London from the Bollywood fraternity. It is understandable because it is not easy to travel that far at short notice and people are shooting. I did not expect anyone to come, but the creme de la creme of the UK was there -- Subrato Roy was there and we appreciated his being there.
When we had a memorial service for him here, everybody came, which was nice of them.