Happy Birthday Dharmendra: All You Need To Know About The He-Man Of Bollywood

| December 8 , 2018 , 18:07 IST

Veteran actor Dharmendra turned 83 today. To the new generation of cine goer, Dharmendra may be a graying old man, but in his day, he was among the most striking men in Bollywood.

Born as Dharam Singh Deol in Nasrali, a village in Ludhiana district, Punjab to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur in a Jat Sikh family Dharmendra was smitten by the moving images from a very early age.

Married at the young age of 19 to a girl called Prakash Kaur in 1954, Dharmendra arrived in Mumbai (then Bombay) from Punjab looking for a job. He made his debut in Arjun Hingorani’s 'Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere' in 1960.

With Phool Aur Patthar (1966), he was first seen in an action role. After that, he got a new image of 'garam dharam'.

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The 1970s saw his pairing with Hema Malini. They did a number of films together including Raja Jani, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sharafat, Naya Zamana, Patthar Aur Payal, Tum Haseen Main Jawaan, Jugnu, Dost, Charas, Maa, Chacha Bhatija, Azaad and Sholay.

It was in the course of these films that the two fell in love and after much opposition from all sides got married in 1980 in a simple Tamil ceremony at her home in Mumbai.

On the occasion of his birthday wife Hema Malini and children Esha Deol, Bobby Deol, shared a heartfelt message on social media.

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Happy birthday papa ♥️

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Happy Birthday Papa!! ❤️????

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