Happy Birthday Dharmendra: Sholay’s Jai and Basanti have an affectionate birthday wish for Veeru

Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, and Esha Deol share their heartfelt birthday wishes for the veteran actor, Dharmendra on social media.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 8, 2016 3:35:56 pm
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It’s veteran actor Dharmendra’s 81st birthday and his best friend from Bollywood has a special message for him on his special day.

The two superstars of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, taught us the real meaning of friendship forty years back through Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay and it seems they have sworn by the film’s song Ye Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge even after several years of its release.

Amitabh Bachchan whom we dearly address as Jai whenever his name needs a mention with the ‘He-Man’ of Bollywood, Dharmendra (Veeru) has conveyed his birthday wishes to ‘dearest Dharam ji,’ by walking down the memory lane and sharing some beautiful moments of the two, including behind-the-scene pictures from Sholay. And believe us, the pictures are as magical as this duo.

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Big B took to Twitter to post a number of snaps that showcases their deep bond over the last several decades and wrote alongside, “Birthday greetings to dearest Dharam ji .. love and affection !!”

The two celebrated actors have portrayed their on-screen bromance in Chupke Chupke as well. Veteran actor Hema Malini too wished her husband, actor Dharmendra, on his 81st birthday today.
The actress, who tied the knot with the Sholay star in 1979, recalled the lovely moments the two have spent together.

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“Recalling today the best years of my career, best and happy years of togetherness till date and the two lovely babies we have. Happy Birthday Dharamji!,” Malini wrote. She even shared a picture with Dharmendra.


The couple have two daughters Esha and Ahana. Esha Deol also wished her father on his special day.

“Happy birthday to my love my father my hero! May u be blessed with strength happiness & the best of health! We all love you too much,” she tweeted.


Born in 1935 in Nusrali, a village in Ludhiana district, Punjab, Dharmendra made his acting debut with 1960 film Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere.

The man whose dialogues “Chun chun ke marunga”, “Kutte mei tera khoon pi jaoonga” or “Basanti, in kutto ke saamne mat naachna” have found their way into our daily lingo gave hits such as Hukumat (1987), Loha (1987), Aag Hi Aag (1987), Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987), Khatron Ke Khiladi (1987), Ghulami (1985), Batwara (1989) and many more.

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