Bobby Deol has opened up about the ‘distance’ he feels in his relationship with his father, Dharmendra, and the fact that he made sure that his equation with his own sons, Aryaman and Dharam was a much friendlier one. Bobby said that they did not get to spend a lot of time with their father while growing up as he was busy with film shoots and that got in the way of sharing a friendly relationship with him.
Talking to a magazine, Bobby said that he respects Dharmendra but is not very close to him. He feels even now, that his father will ‘start scolding’ him if he gets too frank. He said, “When we were growing up, papa was working hard. So we didn’t spend much time with him. I used to go with him for outdoor shootings. People thought and acted in a different way then. The relation between father and children wasn’t as smooth then as its in today’s generation. I made it a point to avoid that kind of a distance with my own kids. We have a friendly relationship.”
He further added, “In earlier times, children respected their parents but didn’t open their hearts to them. My father always complains that I don’t open my heart to him. He often tells me to sit with him, talk to him and I reply that even today I’m afraid you’ll start scolding me. I wanted to take that fear away from my children and perhaps I’ve been successful in doing so.”