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

Mini Bio (1)

Dharmendra is one of the biggest stars of Indian cinema.

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 almost 286 films. He is known as 'Garam' Dharam in Bollywood. He had the looks of a real gentleman, masculine body of a he-man and when it came to his films, he had a very humorous touch in his dialogue-delivery and the timing. Dharmendra's original name is Dharam Singh Deol. He was born in a Jat Sikh family in Phagwara in Kapurthala district in the Indian state of Punjab to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur. He spent his early life in village Sahnewal and studied at Government Senior Secondary School at Lalton Kalan, Ludhiana. He did his intermediate from Ramgarhia College, Phagwara in 1952.

Dharmendra was fond of movies from a young age. He participated in the Filmfare new talent contest, which he won and came to Mumbai from Punjab looking for work. He made his debut with Arjun Hingorani's Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere (1960). After which he got supporting roles in the film Boy Friend (1961) and was cast as the romantic interest in several woman oriented films from 1960-1967, where the story revolved around the heroine's character and, he was usually cast as a romantic hero opposite senior established leading actress of the time and later, from 1974 onwards, as an action hero. His major breakthrough was playing supporting role to hero Rajendra Kumar in Aaye Milan Ki Bela, where his character was negative and supporting role in patriotic film Haqeeqat (1964) and playing romantic interest in woman oriented films from 1960-1967 and playing supporting roles to Balraj Sahni, Ashok Kumar, Biswajit in some films from 1960-67 like Soorat Aur Seerat, Bandini, Mamta, Ghar Ka Chirag.His sensitive side was explored by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in Anupama (1966) and Satyakam (1969), the latter is considered one of the best performances of his career. He got solo hero stardom with the blockbuster, Phool Aur Patthar (1966), which was his first action film but he became established action hero from 1971 film Mera Gaon Mera Desh. He cemented his image with successful films like Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Raja Jani (1972), Jugnu (1973) and Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973). Dharmendra formed a popular onscreen pair with Hema Malini who later became his second wife. Hema Malini was the biggest female star of 1970s and the hit pairing with her was considered to be a booster for Dharmendra's career as they went on to star in hits such as Sharafat (1970), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Raja Jani (1972), Jugnu (1973), Pratiggya (1975), Sholay (1975) among many others. Dharmendra proved his versatility and comic timing through Pratiggya, Chupke Chupke and Sholay. In Ramesh Sippy's Sholay (1975) he shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan and is still remembered for his inimitable portrayal of Veeru. His onscreen pairing with Amitabh Bachchan became extremely popular and they went on to star in more successful films such as Chupke Chupke (1975) and Ram Balram (1980). Their characters Jai and Veeru continue to remain the most popular "best friends jodi" onscreen. The song "Yeh dosti" picturised on both actors remains the most popular friendship song. Sholay became the biggest ever hit of Hindi cinema and created a record as longest running film in cinemas at that time when it ran for more than 5 years at Minerva cinema in Mumbai. It became the first film to earn a Platinum Disc and is considered a classic (topping every must watch film list including Indiatimes 25 Must Watch Bollywood Movies). It was declared as Film of the Millennium by BBC and also awarded Best Film of Last 50 Years at 50th Annual Filmfare Awards in 2005. In mid- 70s, Dharmendra became the first Indian actor to be voted among the most handsome men in the world. Through the 70s and 80s, Dharmendra worked with some of the biggest names in B'town such as Bimal Roy, Yash Chopra, Raj Khosla, Ramesh Sippy, Rajkumar Santoshi, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterji. In 1983, Dharmendra diversified into production and launched his elder son Sunny in 'Betaab', which was produced by his banner Vijayta Films and was a huge hit. in 1990, he produced Ghayal starring Sunny Deol in lead. The film was the second biggest hit of the year and won 7 Filmfare Awards including Best Film award and the coveted National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. He would later go on to launch the successful careers of his younger son Bobby in 'Barsaat'(1995) and nephew Abhay Deol in 'Socha Na Tha'(2005) under the banner. He has also periodically made films in his native tongue of Punjabi, starring in Kankan De Ole (Special Appearance) (1970 ), Do Sher (1974), Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam (1974), Teri Meri Ik Jindri (1975), Putt Jattan De (1982) and Qurbani Jatt Di (1990). He continued to act in films through the 1980s and 1990s, though the films he did after late 80s were mostly in low brow action films directed by likes of Kanti Shah. Dharmendra was nominated 4 times for Best Actor Award at Filmfare Awards but never won. He was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award by Filmfare in 1997. He made a comeback to A grade films with a role in Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (1998). He joined politics and was elected as a Member of the Parliament in the 2004 general elections, from Bikaner in Rajasthan, on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.Dharmendra rarely attended Parliament when the house was in session. He returned to acting in 2007 with films Life in a... Metro and Apne were acclaimed and successful. In the latter, he appears with both his sons, Sunny and Bobby for the first time. His other release was Johnny Gaddaar, where he played a villainous role. In 2011, he starred alongside his sons again in Yamla Pagla Deewana released on 14 January 2011 and was a success. A sequel Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 was released in 2013. His also acted with his daughter Esha in his wife Hema Malini's directorial venture Tell Me O Khuda in 2011. In 2011, Dharmendra replaced Sajid Khan as the male judge of the third series of popular reality show India's Got Talent. Dharmendra's first marriage was to Prakash Kaur at the age of 19 in 1954. From his first marriage, he has two sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol both successful actors, and two daughters,Vijeeta Deol and Ajeeta Deol. He has 4 grand sons named Karan, Rajvir, Aryaman, and Dharam. Dharmendra fell in love with Hema Malini during the filming of Sholay. She eventually married him in 1980. As the Hindu Marriage Act forbade polygamy, he converted to Islam in 1979 to avoid protests and give legitimacy to his second marriage. The couple has two daughters, Esha Deol and Ahana Deol. Esha is an actress and Ahana is a dancer. Dharmendra has received several honours for his contribution to cinema and was awarded India's third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Spouse (2)

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

Trivia (49)

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 among the highest paid Hindi film stars of 1970s.
Dharmendra is one of the biggest stars of Indian cinema. He is considered one of the most handsome men, not only in India but worldwide. He gained titles such as "He-Man" and "Garam Dharam" for his looks and popularity in action films.
Dharmendra is one of the most commercially successful stars of Hindi cinema. According to a survey called Big Box Office Bucks conducted by The Economic Times in 2006, Dharmendra was the 4th highest grossing star of all time. The list was topped by Amitabh Bachchan.
He was a romantic hero till Rajesh Khanna entered the scene 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.
Dharmendra has worked with most of the leading actors of Hindi cinema including Rajendra Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Ashok Kumar, Biswajit, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Salman Khan and actresses such as Nutan, Waheeda Rehman, Saira Banu, Nanda, Asha Parekh, Hema Malini, Raakhee, Rekha, Sridevi.
Dharmendra launched his production house Vijayta Films in 1983 with the film Betaab that was the debut of his son Sunny Deol. The film went on to become a huge hit. Later he produced Ghayal in 1990, also starring his son Sunny Deol in lead. The film became one of the biggest hits of the year and won 7 Filmfare Awards including Best Film award. Dharmendra received National Award for Best Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Ghayal as a producer.
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.
Dharmendra also has the distinction of appearing in several films opposite actresses who have also starred opposite his son Sunny Deol. Notable among those are Sridevi in Naaka Bandi, Jaya Prada in Elaan-E-Jung, Dimple Kapadia in Shehzaade, Amrita Singh in Sachai Ki Taaqat, Kimi Katkar in Humlaa and Poonam Dhillon in Sone Pe Suhaaga.
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.
Dharmendra and Hema Malini are one of the most popular and commercially successful onscreen pairs of Indian cinema. They were also voted as the most good looking onscreen couple as both of them were considered the most handsome and most beautiful actor and actress of their time.
His film Hukumat was among the top grossers at the box office in 1987.
Brother acted and produced films under the screen name Kanwar Ajit Singh .
Cousin of Bollywood Director Guddu Dhanoa.
Dharmendra became the first Indian star to be voted among the most handsome men in the world in mid-70s.
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.
Dharmendra's image took a beating with B grade films in mid 90s but he bounced back with films like Life in A Metro, Apne, Johny Gaddaar in late 2000s.
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.
In his youth, actor Dharmendra was such a big fan of actress Suraiya that he walked miles to watch her film Dillagi, over 40 times.
It is said that on the sets of Sholay, Dharmendra paid Rs. 20 each times to the light boys who were asked to disturb the scene while Dharmendra was teaching Hema Malini how to shoot with a revolver. So more than Rs. 2000 were given to the light boys for hugging Hema at his will.
Cousin of Punjabi actor Veerendra (Varinder).
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 Bachchan's hit 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.
Daughter's Ajeeta and Vijeyta are married and settled in Califonia, USA.
Brother in law of actor Jagdarshan ( Samra). He is the cousin of Dharmendra's wife Prakash Kaur.
Son in law name is Kiran Chaudhri ( A world famous dentist) married to Ajeeta.
Granddaughter's name's are Nikita Chaudhri and Prianka Chaudhri ( Daughter Ajeeta's daughters) Prianka was born in 1995.
Daughter Ajeeta's mother in law's name is Narinder Kour Chaudhri.

Personal Quotes (2)

Amitabh Bachchan is in a bracket where he can't be touched. He's the star of the century.
[Rediff, 1998] I was dwarfed by the trio of performers -- Amitabh, Amjad and Sanjeev in Sholay (1975).

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