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Dharmendra

Name: Dharmendra

Height: 5'8"

Nickname: 'Garam' Dharam, Dharminder

Birth name: Dharam Singh Deol

Date of Birth: 8 December 1935

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

City: Phagwara, Punjab

Marital status: married

Spouse: Hema Malini

Ex-spouse: Prakash Kaur

Children: daughters Esha and Ahana and sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol

Occupation: Bollywood actor, Member of Parliament from Bharatiya Janata Party

Debut Film: Railway Platform

Dharam Singh Deol of Phagwara was enthralled with films even when he was a mere child. He frequently journeyed through long distances to view the touring cinema of those days. At the early age of 19, he got married and got employed as a tubewell boring laborer with an American Drilling Company. However, destiny has other things in store for him. He took part in the Filmfare-United Producers competition for new talents was noticed. Then he arrived at Bombay to realize his dream of becoming an actor. Following a screen test, a director recommended a career as a hockey player for him. But producer Arjun Hingorani had confidence in his acting prowess signed him for the lead role in his movie Dil Bhi Tera, Hum Bhi Tere (1960). For this film, he was offered a meager remuneration of Rs 51 as signing amount and was provided a daily breakfast that comprised of tea and two buttered toasts. As luck would have it, even after all these hardships he endured, he was not paid his due at the premiere of the film and the film flopped too.

But failure could not keep him down for long. He slowly but surely climbed up his way at fame and recognition by starring in strong supporting romantic roles heroine-centric films like Bandini and Soorat Aur Seerat (both opposite Nutan) (1963), Anpadh (Mala Sinha) (1962) and Main Bhi Ladki Hoon (Meena Kumari). He got involved in a relationship with Meena Kumari. She vested an interest in his film career, which resulted in a string of films with the two of them starring together. Their film Phool Aur Patthar (1966) was a golden jubilee hit that catapulted him to super-stardom. He played the role of an underworld goon, combining virile, aggressive masculinity with gentleness that won the hearts of his female fans. He was even voted as one of the five best-looking men in the world in the 1960s. He was one of the most successful actors in the genre of action films.

At around the same time, Hrishikesh Mukherjee discovered the sensitive side of Dharmendra's character. In his Anupama (1966), Dharmendra enacted the role of the poor but self-righteous author who encouraged the introverted Anupama (Sharmila Tagore) to come out of her shell. Dharmendra's splendid restrained and natural performance won him accolades.

After gaining success as an actor, Dharmendra ventured into production with a sensitive film like Satyakam (1969) with Hrishikesh Mukherjee as the director. Notwithstanding his overwhelming recital of an idealist observing his dreams fall to pieces after Indian Independence, one of his best ever performances, the film did not fare well. Even under the sway of the current sensation Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra held his ground with entertaining films like the revenge drama Jeevan Mrityu (1970) and the dacoit saga Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971).

At about this time, Dharmendra found his future soul mate in the dream girl Hema Malini. His off-screen romance transpired into sizzling on-screen chemistry in several films that he was paired opposite Hema that set the box office ablaze. Films like Tum Haseen Main Jawan, Naya Zamana, Raja Rani, Seeta Aur Geeta, Jugnu and Dost were resounding hits. Sholay (1975) and Chupke Chupke (1975) exposed another aspect of Dharmendra - his panache for humor. Sholay created history and is now a cult Bollywood masala film. The press and public warmly accepted his second marriage to screen goddess Hema and they had two daughters - Esha and Ahana Deol.

Dharmendra succeeded in launching the film careers of both his sons from his first marriage - Sunny Deol with Betaab in 1983 and Bobby Deol with Barsaat in 1995. Funnily, Dharmendra scored a hit as a romantic hero with Naukar Biwi Ka the same as that Sunny made his acting debut as the leading man in Betaab. At first, he opposed his daughter Esha's aspiration to join films but now she has established herself as a leading lady of the Bollywood film industry.

In 1997, Dharmendra received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema over the years.

Filmography:

1. Kis Kis Ki Kismat
2. Hum Kaun Hai?
3. Kaise Kahoon Ke Pyaar Hai
4. Bhai Thakur
5. Jallad No. 1
6. Sultaan
7. Zulm O Situm
8. Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
9. Dharma Karma
10. Gundagardi
11. Loha
12. Mafia
13. Aatank
14. Himmatvar
15. Return of Jewel Thief
16. Smuggler
17. Hum Sab Chor Hain
18. Taaqat
19. Aazmayish
20. Maidan-E-Jung
21. Policewala Gunda
22. Juaari
23. Maha Shaktishaali
24. Kshatriya
25. Dushman Zamana
26. Kal Ki Awaz
27. Humlaa
28. Khule-Aam
29. Tehelka
30. Virodhi
31. Waqt Ka Badshah
32. Dushman Devta
33. Paap Ki Aandhi
34. Farishtay
35. Hag Toofan
36. Mast Kalandar
37. Humse Na Takrana
38. Nakabandi
39. Pyaar Ka Karz
40. Qurbani Jatt Di
41. Vardi
42. Veeru Dada
43. Shehzaade
44. Sikka
45. Elaan-E-Jung
46. Batwara
47. Ilaaka
48. Kasam Suhaag Ki
49. Hathyar
50. Nafrat Ki Aandhi
51. Sachai Ki Taqat
52. Ganga Tere Desh Mein
53. Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga
54. Mahaveera
55. Mardon Wali Baat
56. Khatron Ke Khiladi
57. Saazish
58. Sone Pe Suhaaga
59. Soorma Bhopali
60. Zalzala
61. Superman
62. Jaan Hatheli Pe
63. Hukumat
64. Loha
65. Insaaniyat Ke Dushman
66. Aag Hi Aag
67. Insaaf Ki Pukar
68. Mard Ki Zabaan
69. Mera Karam Mera Dharam
70. Watan Ke Rakhwale
71. Sultanat
72. Main Balwan
73. Mohabbat Ki Kasam
74. Savere Wali Gaadi
75. Sitamgar
76. Ghulami
77. Jhootha Sach
78. Insaaf Kaun Karega
79. Baazi
80. The Gold Medal
81. Jagir
82. Jeene Nahi Doonga
83. Raaj Tilak
84. Ranjhan Mera Yaar
85. Sunny
86. Qayamat
87. Andha Kanoon
88. Jaani Dost
89. Naukar Biwi Ka
90. Razia Sultan
91. Meharbaani
92. Badle Ki Aag
93. Baghawat
94. Do Dishayen
95. Ghazab
96. Main Intequam Loonga
97. Rajput
98. Samraat
99. Tahalka
100. Teesri Aankh
101. Aas Paas
102. Katilon Ke Kaatil
103. Krodhi
104. Professor Pyarelal
105. Putt Jattan De
106. Insaf Ka Tarazu
107. Alibaba Aur 40 Chor
108. Chunaoti
109. The Burning Train
110. Ram Balram
111. Kartavya
112. Dil Ka Heera
113. Azaad
114. Dillagi
115. Phandebaaz
116. Shalimar
117. Chacha Bhatija
118. Chala Murari Hero Banne
119. Charandas
120. Dharam Veer
121. Do Chehere
122. Do Sholay
123. Dream Girl
124. Khel Khiladi Ka
125. Kinara
126. Mit Jayenge Mitane Wale
127. Swami
128. Tinku
129. Charas
130. Giddha
131. Maa
132. Main Papi Tum Bakhshanhaar
133. Santo Banto
134. Sholay
135. Apne Dushman
136. Chaitali
137. Chupke Chupke
138. Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty
139. Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka
140. Kahte Hain Mujhko Raja
141. Pratigya
142. Saazish
143. Teri Meri Ik Jindri
144. International Crook
145. Dost
146. Do Sher
147. Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam
148. Patthar Aur Payal
149. Pocketmaar
150. Resham Ki Dori
151. Jwar Bhata
152. Jheel Ke Us Paar
153. Loafer
154. Black Mail
155. Jugnu
156. Kahani Kismat Ki
157. Keemat
158. Phagun
159. Yaadon Ki Baaraat
160. Do Chor
161. Lalkaar
162. Raja Jani
163. Samadhi
164. Seeta Aur Geeta
165. Mera Gaon Mera Desh
166. Naya Zamana
167. Rakhwala
168. Ishq Par Zor Nahin
169. Jeevan Mrityu
170. Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?
171. Kankan De Ole
172. Man Ki Aankhen
173. Mera Naam Joker
174. Sharafat
175. Tum Haseen Main Jawaan
176. Aadmi Aur Insaan
177. Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke
178. Khamoshi
179. Pyar Hi Pyar
180. Satyakam
181. Yakeen
182. Aankhen
183. Baazi
184. Baharon Ki Manzil
185. Izzat
186. Mere Hamdam Mere Dost
187. Shikar
188. Chandan Ka Palna
189. Dulhan Ek Raat Ki
190. Jab Yaad Kisi Ki Aati Hai
191. Majhli Didi
192. Aaye Din Bahar Ke
193. Anupama
194. Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi
195. Devar
196. Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya
197. Mamta
198. Mohabbat Zindagi Hai
199. Phool Aur Patthar
200. Akashdeep
201. Chand Aur Suraj
202. Kaajal
203. Neela Aakash
204. Purnima
205. Aap Ki Parchhaiyan
206. Ayee Milan Ki Bela
207. Ganga Ki Lahren
208. Haqeeqat
209. Main Bhi Ladki Hoon
210. Mera Qasoor Kya Hai
211. Pooja Ke Phool
212. Bandini
213. Begaana
214. Anpadh
215. Shaadi
216. Soorat Aur Seerat
217. Boy Friend
218. Shola Aur Shabnam
219. Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere
220. Railway Platform

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