Dharmendra: Dharmendra remained a top Hindi film star for three decades creating an influential image as a markedly North Indian (read Punjabi) macho man devoted to his mother and committed to upholding the honour of his family or the village. When one thinks of Dharmendra Deol, one automatically sees a romantic star as well as a he-man – a trait that is not quite common in Bollywood heroes. No wonder He is known as ‘Garam’ Dharam (hot Dharam), in Bollywood.
He had the looks of a real gentle man, the masculine body of a he-man and when it came to his films, he had a very humorous touch in his dialog-delivery and the timing, especially. The heroics in his films are all quite remarkable and unforgettable.
Birthday: 8th December, 1935 in Punjab.
Spouse: Prakash Kaur (1954 â€“ present)
Hema Malini (1979 â€“ present)
Debut Film: Dil Bhi Tera, Hum Bhi Tere (1960).
Major Impact: Anpadh (1962).
Successful Films: Bandini (1963), Soorat Aur Seerat (1962), Aayi Milan ki Bela (1964), Haqeeqat (1964), Phool Aur Patthar (1966), Anupama (1966), Manjhli Didi (1967), Aankhen (1968), Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971), Jugnu (1973), Kahani Kismet Ki (1973), Yaadon ki Baraat (1973), Sholay (1975), Chupke Chupke (1975), Naya Zamana (1971), Raja Jani (1972), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Dost (1974), Aag hi Aag (1987), Hukumat (1987), Ghulami (1985), Yateem (1988), Batwara (1989), Hathyar (1989) and Kshatriya(1992), Johnny Gaddaar (2007), Apne (2007), Life in aâ€¦Metro (2007).
Awards: Won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
Forthcoming Film: Har Pall (2009).
Facts we didnâ€™t know:
His full name is Dharmendra Kewal Krishn Deol.
He is the only actor to have starred with almost all the Kapoor members. He did not star with Kareena Kapoor and Prithviraj Kapoor.
In accordance with the Hindu Marriage Act it is illegal for a Hindu to get re-married when his first wife is still alive. Two Congress party-members have launched law-suits against him under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code in this connection as he failed to make a declaration of his religion when he joined the Janata Party.
Dharmendra was also romantically involved with his Phool Aur Patthar co-star Meena Kumari.
Dharmendra has gone on record saying he does not believe that the Mumbai film industry is a place suitable for girls. He was unperturbed by his sons Sunny and Bobby joining the industry, but was vocal about his displeasure regarding his daughter Esha’s choice of profession.