Today marks the birthday of an eternal romantic and
action hero of Bollywood. One who has mesmerized us with his onscreen
presence and ruled cinema for more than two glorious decades. Yes, its
the birthday of our beloved Dharmendra so join BollyCurry in wishing
the talented actor on this very special occasion.
The Sikh Jat was born
as Dharmendra Singh Deol on 8th December, 1935, to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol
and Satwant Kaur. He soon changed his name to Dharmendra when he entered
the film industry. Dharmendra married Prakash Kaur at the age of
nineteen and had four children: Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Ajeeta and
Vijeeta. While shooting for Sholay in 1975, he fell in love with
Hema Malini and married her in 1980. From this marriage, he had two
children: Esha and Ahana Deol. Of his children, besides Ajeeta and
Vijeeta, all have appeared on-screen.
Dharmendra began his incredible journey in a supporting role in Dil Tera, Hum Bhi Tere in 1960. Following this, he has acted in movies such as Bandini (1963), Main Bhi Ladki Hoon (1964) and Kajal (1965). He managed to break-through in the film industry in 1966 with Phool Aur Pathar where he played a role with negative shades. However, his major action film that firmly established his career came in 1971 in the form of Mera Gaon Mera Desh.
Dharmendra dominated the screens in the late 60s and 70s. His film Yaadon Ki Barat was
also remade in Tamil which featured veteran actor M.G.R. He has starred
with his wife, Hema Malini, in over ten films including Dharam Veer, Sholay, Bhagwat and Raj Tilak. He has also acted in seven films with Amitabh Bachchan which includes the evergreen Sholay and the comic Chupke Chupke. Till date, Dharmendra has
won several awards such as the sought-after Filmfare, a National Award
(1991), a Lifetime Achievement Award (1997) for his contribution to
cinema, and the Padma Bhushan in 2005.
Besides acting, Dharmendra also owns his own production house and launched his sons Sunny Deol with Betaab (1983) and Bobby Deol with Barsaat (1995). His National Award was for his home production movie Ghayal (1990). Known for his friendly nature off-screen, Dharmendra also has a keen interest in politics and consequently won the MP vote in the 2004 general assembly elections. He has also been seen judging India's Got Talent (2011).
To celebrate the great icon's birthday, BollyCurry brings to you a playlist of his greatest hits:
- "Jhilmil Sitaron" - Jeevan Mrityu
- "Kuch Kehta Hai Yeh Sawan" - Mera Gaon Mera Desh
- "Dekha Hai Teri Aankhon Mein" - Pyar Hi Pyar
- "Maine Dekha Ek Sapna" - Samadhi
- "Yeh Dosti" - Sholay
- "Abhi To Haat Mein" - Seeta Aur Geeta
- "Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas" - Blackmail
- "Oh Meri Mehabooba" - Dharam Veer
- "Yaari Ho Gayi Yaar Se" - Do Chor
- "Rafta Rafta" - Kahani Kismat Ki
Here's wishing this awesome Deol a very happy birthday and all the success in the coming future!
Editors: Shreya S. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.