Dharmendra was born as Dharam Singh Deol on 8 December 1935 (aged 82; as in 2018) in the village Nasrali of Khanna tehsil in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He spent his early childhood days in the village, Sahnewal. As a child, Dharmendra was very reluctant to go to school and often used to trouble her mother while going to school. He completed his high school education from Government Senior Secondary School, Lalton Kalan, Ludhiana, Punjab and went onto Intermediate R.G. (Ramgarhia) College Phagwara, to pursue his senior secondary education. Due to lack of interest in studies, Dharmendra left studies just after completing his 12th standard. He started developing an interest in movies from a very young age and often shared his fascination with his mother. He was a huge fan of the actress, ‘Suraiya‘ and walked down miles to watch her film Dillagi. Dharmendra had seen that film for almost 40 times. One day, his mother saw an advertisement for a movie in Filmfare by Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt and advised him to participate in it. Dharmendra then went to Malerkotla to get his portfolio done by Jaan Mohammed (John & Sons) and sent an application for participation. He won the ‘New Talent Hunt Award’ by the Filmfare Magazine and relocated to Mumbai in search of work.
Dharmendra marked his film debut with Arjun Hingorani’s, “Dil Bhi Tera, Hum Bhi Tere” in 1960. He earned Rs. 51 for this film. Next, he played a supporting role in the film, ‘Boy Friend’ in 1961. Dharmendra usually starred as a romantic hero at the beginning of his career from 1960 to 1966. In the year 1966, Dharmendra appeared as a solo hero in Phool Aur Patthar. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of 1966 and propelled Dharmendra to greater heights of fame and glory. Dharmendra also received his first Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category for this film. Dharmendra who was earlier portrayed as a romantic hero started playing action roles in films from 1974 onwards. From the beginning of his journey, he got the opportunity to work with some of the renowned actresses of his time. He starred opposite Nutan in Bandini (1963) and Soorat Aur Seerat (1962). Dharmendra paired successfully with Meena Kumari in Main Bhi Ladki Hoon (1964), Kaajal (1965), Purnima (1965), Phool Aur Patthar (1966), Majhli Didi (1967), Chandan Ka Palna (1967) and Baharon Ki Manzil (1968). Dharmendra also paired up with Hema Malini and gave hits like ‘Raja Jani’, ‘Sharafat,’ ‘Seeta Aur Geeta,’Charas,’ ‘Maa,’ ‘Sholay,’ and ‘Azaad.’ In fact, they formed the most successful on-screen pairing of that time. His significant performances include Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Satyakam’ and Ramesh Sippy’s action-adventure packed ‘Sholay.’ ‘Sholay’ became one of the greatest films in the history of Indian cinema and is listed by India as one of the “Top 25 must-see Bollywood films of all time.” Besides Bollywood, Dharmendra also appeared in a few Punjabi Films. He made his debut in Punjabi cinema with “Kankan De Ohle (1970)”. As a producer, he launched both his sons in the industry. He landed Sunny Deol in Bollywood with his first release (as a producer) Betaab in 1983. He also launched his younger son, Bobby, in Barsaat in 1995. Apart from Bollywood, Dharmendra also actively participated in politics. He was a member of 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing the constituency of Bikaner in Rajasthan on behalf of BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party).
Dharmendra Contact Details
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Dharmendra Office Address: Sahnewal, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
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Dharmendra Official Website: www.vijaytafilms.com
Dharmendra Social Profiles
Facebook Page: facebook.com/aapkadharam
Twitter Handle: twitter.com/aapkadharam
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Instagram Handle: instagram.com/aapkadharam
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Dharmendra Physical Stats & More
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 173 cm
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet inches– 5’ 8”
|Hair Colour||Black (Dyed)|
Dharmendra Personal Life
Dharmendra Girls, Affairs, and More
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Meena Kumari, Actress (1960s)
Hema Malini, Actress (Mid 1970-present)
|Marriage Date||Year– 1954 with Parkash Kaur
2 May 1980 with Hema Malini
|Wife/Spouse||Parkash Kaur (1954-Present)
Hema Malini (1980-present)
|Children||Sons– Sunny Deol (Ajay Singh Deol), Bobby Deol (Vijay Singh Deol)- Both from his first wife; Parkash Kaur
Daughters– Vijeeta Deol and Ajeeta Deol (from 1st wife),
Esha Deol and Ahana Deol (from 2nd wife)
|Parents||Father– Kewal Kishan Singh Deol (Government School Teacher)
Mother– Satwant Kaur
|Siblings||Brother– Ajit Singh Deol
Dharmendra Favourite Things
|Actor(s)||Guru Dutt, Dilip Kumar|
|Singer(s)||Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar|
Facts About Dharmendra
- Dharmendra consumes alcohol occasionally.
- Dharmendra follows a Non-Vegetarian food habit.
- His residence is at Plot No. 22, 111th Road, Juhu, Mumbai, India.
- He is often called the ‘Garam Dharam’ of Bollywood. In fact, a restaurant chain named ‘Garam Dharam’ has been opened in cities like Delhi and Chandigarh as a tribute to the Dharmendra and his timeless movies. The menu of the restaurant is inspired by the actor’s famous dialogues.
- He is the only actor to have shared screen with all the members of the Kapoor family leaving Kareena Kapoor and Prithviraj Kapoor.
- In 1975, while the shooting of the film ‘Pratigya’, the choreographer of the song ‘Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana’ got annoyed teaching the correct dance steps to Dharmendra. The actor then decided to go on his own flow and danced with his natural unique style.
- The veteran actor Dilip Kumar praised Dharmendra as the most handsome man he had ever seen.
- During the shoot of Sholay, while Amitabh Bachchan was still a newcomer to the industry, Dharmendra bonded with him nicely and the pair went onto redefine friendship in Bollywood.