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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 8 December 1935Sahniwal, Punjab, India
Birth NameDharam Singh Deol
Nickname Dharminder
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dharmendra Deol played the romantic hero in woman centric films from 1960-1968 and became romantic hero from 1968-69 and played the role of action hero from 1975-1997 in A grade films. Dharmendra has appeared in 286 films which includes 157 multi star cast films and did only 85 solo hero films and 44 films not as lead hero but in guest appearance. Off these 157 multi star cast films - 101 were flops and had 56 hits. Off the 85 solo hero films - 45 were flops and 40 hits. Then from the 44 films where he had guest role only 10 were hits and rest 34 were flops. Dharmendra had a total of 180 flops from 1960-2013 and had 106 hits from 1960-2013. He is known as 'Garam' Dharam in Bollywood. Had the looks of a real gentle man, 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. The heroics in his films - Phool Aur Patthar (1966), Jugnu (1973), Raja Jani (1972) and Loafer (1973) - are all quite remarkable and unforgettable. He got nominated for Filmfare best actor 4 times in his career though he couldn't get one but got "The Life Time Achievement" award in 1997 from Filmfare for his achievements, splendid performance during his times and wonderful career in Bollywood. His best romantic pairing was with the actress Asha Parekh with whom he had 5 hits and Hema Malini, with whom he did 35 films of them 31 had them as a leading romantic pair. Dharam Hema had 20 hits and 15 flops. Dharm-Hema have 2 children together, Esha and Ahana and he has two sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol from previous marriage with Prakash Kaur. Often in 1960's till 1971 he played the romantic lead opposite female leading ladies in woman oriented films where the female protagonist's role overshadowed his roles with Dharam playing only supporting role in these films opposite Meena Kumari, Nutan, Mala Sinha, Sharmila Tagore. Phool Aur Paththar was the turning point in his career and established him as an action hero and as a solo lead hero.Artistically and popularity wise his peak period was the 1971-1979 where he did multi star as well as solo hero films in action and comedy genres and when his performances was appreciated by critics as well as audiences. Critics panned every film he did from 1980-2002 with exception being Dharm Aur Qanoon, Rajput and Ghulami. He was the 2nd highest paid actor along with Vinod Khanna in Hindi films from 1976-1982 and Dharam alone was 3rd highest paid Hindi actor from 1987-1993 of A grade Hindi Films. His roles as the lead hero tended to get repetitive from the 1984 till 2002 as often he was seen as an drunkard action hero who is elder of a romantic younger brother in the multi star films.He accepted mostly B grade film from 1990-2003 as the lead hero and returned to A grade Hindi films in 2007 with hat-rick of hits as supporting actor in Life In Metro, Johnny Gaddaar and Apne.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Spouse (2)

Hema Malini (21 August 1979 - present) (2 children)
Prakash Kaur (1954 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (50)

Hindi megastar
Father of Esha Deol and Ahana Deol from his second marriage to Hema Malini.
Father of Bollywood stars Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol from his first marriage.
He is the only actor to have starred with almost all the Kapoor members. He did not star with Kareena Kapoor and Prithviraj Kapoor.
On August 21, 1979 he converted to Islam, changed his name to Dilawar Khan, got married to actress Hema Malini, as his first wife, Prakash Kaur, could not be divorced either as she was mother his 4 children and he had fallen in love with Hema Malini only from 1975 whereas had married Prakash Kaur in 1954. 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.
He has four children with his first wife Prakash Kaur. Two sons, the Bollywood stars Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol and two daughters Ajeeta and Vijeta.
Did 13 B grade Action films with Hemant Birje in 1991-2003.
Dharmendra was 3rd highest paid Hindi actor from 1970-75 (tied with Randhir Kapoor from 1971-75) and 1987-93(2nd highest from 1987-93 was Vinod Khanna and from 1987-93 Dharmedra was tied with Mithun Chakraborthy for 3rd spot) and Dharam was 2nd highest paid Hindi actor from 1976-1979 was alone the 2nd highest paid Hindi actor.
Dharmendra has appeared in 286 films which includes 157 multi star cast films and did only 85 solo hero films and 44 films not as lead hero but in guest appearance. Off these 157 multi star cast films - 101 were flops and had 56 hits. Off the 85 solo hero films - 45 were flops and 40 hits. Then from the 44 films where he had guest role only 10 were hits and rest 34 were flops. Dharmendra had a total of 180 flops from 1960-2013 and had 106 hits from 1960-2013.
Dharmendra had 11 releases in 1987 of which 7 were hits and 4 were flops. But Dharmendra couldn't break record of Rajesh Khanna of 1985 - where Khanna had 11 releases and 8 hits.
Dharmendra had a total of 180 flops from 1960-2013 and had 106 hits from 1960-2013. These 106 hits include 13 diamond jubilee hits, 32 golden jubilee hits. Of 106 hits 51 were silver jubilee hits.
He was a romantic hero till Rajesh Khanna entered the scene as a superstar in end of year 1969. Dharmendra's career shifted from being a romantic hero to action hero with Mera Gaon Mera Desh directed by Raj Khosla.
He having acted in woman oriented films as a supporting actor from 1960-68 and having achieved success in romantic films from 1968-71 and also in action films from 1971-1974, began to be called a versatile actor by 1975. His comic timing in comedy films like Tum Haseen Main Jawan, Do Chor, Chupke Chupke, Dillagi , Naukar Biwi Ka were appreciated.But from 1976-1984 many of his solo hero films flopped and he took too many multi-star movies from 1980 such that he had 179 flops counting from 1960 till 2013 so his image from 1995 onwards changed to just action hero and not versatile actor.
Jhuta Sachch, a box-office flop, in 1984 was his 72nd solo hero film and offers for Dhamendra in solo hero films declined from 1984 as a result till 2013 he did only 85 solo hero films. Till 1975 Dharmendra was doing more solo-hero films and Sholay was only his 24th multi-hero film but due to failure of his solo hero films between 1975-81 and observing that his success as action hero in multi-star cast films between 1977-1979 , he accepted more multi-star cast films from 1980.
From 1976-1991 only Rajesh Khanna used to get more solo-hero projects as producers preferred to not to give solo hero projects to other stars. Solo hero films of actors like Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Amitabh, Shashi Kapoor and others kept failing regularly from 1976-1983 and thus these actors were signed more for multi-star films.
Till end of 1983, Dharmendra had done only 43 multi-star cast films and 71 solo hero films . From 1984 he accepted too many multi-star films of action genre such that by 2013, his multi-star cast film tally stands at 157 and solo hero films only at 85.
His career's another turning point was the year 1987, when he had 11 releases of which 7 were hits. He however could not break record set by Rajesh Khanna in 1985 - where Khanna also had 11 releases in a single year but managed to have 8 hits,.
He acquired the tag of He-Man in 1987 at the age was 52 - when of the 11 releases as the leading man in that year , 7 action films became successful namely multi-star films Watan Ke Rakhwale, Insaniyat Ke Dushman, Loha, Dadagiri, Aag Hi Aag, Mard Ki Zabaan and the solo hero film Hukumat.
In the year 1988,he had 9 releases but 6 flopped and 3 were hits and in 1989 all his 6 films flopped and 2 were hits. From 1990-2013, he acted in 74 multi star-cast films and of them only 17 were hits. From 1990-2013 he did only 9 solo hero films of which only one film was a hit.From 1990-2013 he was not in lead role in 10 films and of them 4 hits and 6 flops.
He stopped taking up lead roles in B grade movies from 2003. As a supporting actor he achieved success with Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, and made a come-back to A grade Hindi films with successful films like Life in a Metro (2007), Apne (2007) and Johnny Gaddaar (2007). His film Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) was box-office hit in 2011.
Dharm Hema were paired romantically in lead role in 31 of the 35 films they did together and 20 were hits and 15 were flops.
Hukumat, his 74th solo hero film, was highest grosser, at the box office in 1987.
Brother acted and produced films under the screen name Kanwar Ajit Singh .
Cousin of Bollywood Director Guddu Dhanoa.
His only successful solo-hero films from 1989-2002 as lead hero include Elaan-E-Jung (1989), Kundan (1993) and successful multi-star films from 1990-2002 as lead hero include Veeru Dada Naaka Bandi, Hum Se Na Takrana, Sher Dil(all in 1990), Farishtay (1991), Zulm Ki Hukumat , Virodhi , Khule-Aam , Tahalka (all 4 in 1992), Kshatriya (1993), Maidan-E-Jung (1995). His other successful films had him in guest appearances in Vardi (1989),Ilaaka (1989), Trinetra (1991) and Munnibai (1999).
As a supporting actor he achieved success with Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, and made a come-back to A grade Hindi films with successful films like Life in a Metro (2007), Apne (2007) and Johnny Gaddaar (2007). His film Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) was box-office hit in 2011.
Jhuta Sachch, a box-office flop, in 1984 was his 72nd solo hero film and offers for Dhamendra in solo hero films declined from 1984 as a result till 2013 he did only 85 solo hero films.Till 1975 Dharmendra was doing more solo-hero films and Sholay was only his 24th multi-hero film but due to failure of his solo hero films between 1975-81 he accepted more multi-star cast films from 1980. From 1984 he accepted too many multi-star films of action genre such that by 2013, his multi-star cast film tally stands at 158 and solo hero films only at 85.
He was successful A grade hero till 1993 and after 1994, most of his films were called as B grade action movies as they had lower production values and were mostly directed by Kanti Shah, Surinder Kapoor and Dilip Gulati and star-cast often included actors like Hemant Birje, Mohan Joshi, Raza Murad, Shakti Kapoor,Jay Mehta, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and Kiran Kumar.
Though earlier by 1975 he had established himself as a versatile actor who could act in every genre of cinema, due to consistently acting in action genre from 1976-1997 and coupled with many flops from 1988-2003, his image changed from a versatile star to B grade action hero.
His most successful and longest collaboration was with director Arjun Hingorani from 1960-1991. Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere was debut film of Dharmendra as an actor and Arjun's first directorial venture with Dharmendra as the lead hero. They together worked in 4 hits - Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?, Kahani Kismat Ki, Khel Khilari Ka , Katilon Ke Kaatil where Arjun was the producer and the director but their last film together Kaun Kare Kurbanie in 1991 flopped badly. Furthur Arjun produced 2 films where he was not the director but only the producer and Dharmendra was the hero - Sultanat and Karishma Kudrat Ka - both of which flopped.
His other successful association was with director Pramod Chakravarthy with whom all his 4 ventures were box-office success each belonging to different genre - drama in Naya Zamana, romance in Dream Girl, action in Azaad and Jugnu.
Dharmendra's most notable acting performance were in Anupama, Satyakam, Chupke Chupke with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Jeevan Mrityu with Satyen Bose, Do Chor with Padmanabh, Loafer with A.Bhimshingh, Samadhi with Prakash Mehra, Sholay, where he appeared as the inimitable Veeru, Dillagi directed by Basu Chatterjee, Atma Ram's Shikar and Resham Ki Dori, Umesh Mehra's Alibaba Aur 40 Chor, Raghunath Jhalani 's Aaye Din Bahar Ke and Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke , Anil Sharma's Hukumat , all his 4 films with Pramod Chakravarthy and his 7 films with Arjun Hingorani.
Dharmendra did 5 films with Superstar Rajesh Khanna - where they shared screen space in hits like Rajput and Dharm Aur Kanoon whereas Khamoshi and Dharemndra in guest appearance and Mohabbat Ki Kasam and Rajesh Khanna in guest appearance and film Tinku and both of them in special appearance.
Dharmendra Hema Malini were paired in lead roles romantically in 31 films but have worked in 35 films. Of them, had 20 hits namely - Sharafat, Tum Haseen Main Jawan, Seeta Aur Geeta,Raja Jani, Jugnu, Dost, Paththar Aur Payal, Pratigya, Sholay, Charas, Dream Girl, Chacha Batija, Khel Khilari Ka, Azaad, Ali Baba Aur 40 Chor, Bhagavat, Rajput, Raaj Tilak, Jaan Hatheli Pe and one more films had them in guest appearance - Choti Si Baat which was a hit. Their 15 flops include - Naya Zamana,Maa, Kinara, Dillagi, Dil Ka Heera, Aas Paas, Do Dishayen, The Burning Train, Krodhi,Samraat, Razia Sultaan, Tell Me O Khuda and the films where the pair was together for less time - Kehte Hai Mujhko Raja,Phandebaaz,Meharbaani were flops.
Cousin of Punjabi actor Veerendra (Varindrer).
His 106 hits from 1960-2012 include 13 diamond jubilee hits and 32 golden jubilee hits. Of his 106 hits, 51 were silver jubilee hits. Rest 180 films became flops.
Uncle of actor Rammi Dhillon.
His film " Suryakant" (1995) was completed but unreleased. Starring Dharmendra, Madhoo , Sonu Walia, Arjun, Kiran Kumar, Mohan Joshi, Jagdeep. Music : Mahesh Kishor. Produced : Waris Pictures. Directed : Inayat .H. Sheikh.
His film " Mukka" was completed but unreleased. Starring Dharmendra, Armaan Kohli, Avinash Wadhawan, Ravi Kissen, Tinnu Anand. Music: Nikhil-Vinay. Produced:Rohitasha Movies. Directed: Raj .N.Sippy.
Starred in the shelved film "Desh" (1996) starring Dharmendra, Aditya Pancholi, Puru Rajkumar, Mamta Kulkarni,Karina Grover, Mohan Joshi,Mukesh Rishi,Paresh Rawal, Mohnish Behl.
Eldest daughters name is Ajeeta Kishan Deol. Nick name is Dolly.
Uncle to actor, producer Randeep Arya ( Veerendra ' s son).
Uncle to Actor, Model Ramandeep Arya ( Dharti -2011).
Cousin Veerendra' s son actor Randeep Arya is the partner of Deepti Bhatnagar.
His brother Kanwar Ajit Singh (Ajit Singh Deol) and cousin actor Veerendra married two sisters on the same day. Ajit to Usha and Veerendra to Pammi. Pammi and Usha are sisters.
Brother in law of actress Madhoo ( Hema Malini 's cousin).
Starred in the shelved film Bharosa.
His secretary Iqbal Singh produced Amitabh' s movie Kaalia.
Was originally signed for Zabardast in 1979 but the film was shelved. It had Dilip Kumar Dharmendra Rishi Kapoor and Kajal Kiran. Nasir Hussein launched in again in 1985.
Starred in Alok Chitra's shelved film " Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil " in 1965. The film co starred Shashi Kapoor. This would have been the first film they both worked in.

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