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Happy Birthday Dharmendra! Bollywood’s Action King turns 78

Dharmendra, Dhamendra health, Dharmendra movies

Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra, also popular as as ‘Garam Dharam’, has been admitted to hospital after the actor complained of weakness and shoulder pain. Doctors attending on the actor said he was fine. "As of now he is fine, talking to everyone. There is nothing to worry," Dr Sanjay Desai, orthopaedic, knee and shoulder specialist at Breach Candy Hospital, said. It's good news for all Dharam paaji fans, so here's a look at some of his rare unseen pics from our archives.

Dharmendra, Dhamendra health, Dharmendra movies

Dharmendra was born in Punjab on December 8, 1935. His father Kewal Kishan Singh Deol,a headmaster and his mother Satwant Kaur were Punjabi Sikh jats. Dharmendra grew up in Sahnewal village and studied at the Government Senior Secondary School at Lalton Kalan.
Dharmendra's father Kewal Krishan Deol with his granddaughter Vijeta on her birthday on June 21, 1966. (Express archive photo)

Dharmendra, Prakash Kaur, Dharmendra family pics

In 1954, when Dharmendra was still a teenager he married his first wife Prakash Kaur. The couple has four children - two sons Sunny and Bobby Deol and two daughters - Vijeta and Ajeeta.
Dharmendra performing hawan with younger son Bobby Deol and wife Prakash Kaur on his birthday. (Express archive photo)

Dharmendra, Hema Malini

Dharmendra later met actress Hema Malini and rumours of their affair started doing the rounds during the filming of Ramesh Sippy's '‘Sholay’'. They eventually fell in love, however, Dharmendra'’s first wife Prakash Kaur refused to divorce him. The actor then converted to Islam and married Hema Malini. The couple have two daughters,Esha and Ahana. (Express archive photo)


Dharmendra made his acting debut with Arjun Hingorani’s '‘Dil Bhi Tere Hum Bhi Tere’' in 1960. Following this he received offers of supporting roles in '‘Boy Friend’' (1961). Dharmendra was next seen in several women-oriented films from 1960-67. '‘Soorat Aur Seerat’' (1962),‘ 'Bandini’' (1963),‘ 'Anpadh’' (1962),‘ 'Pooja Ke Phool’' (1964),‘ 'Ayee Milan Ki Bela’' (1964),‘ 'Phool Aur Paththar’' (1966) to name a few.


Phool Aur Patthar was his first solo film and also established him as an action hero. He was seen opposite Meena Kumari in the movie. And the 1971 film Mera Gaon Mera Desh cemented his position as an action hero. (Express archive photo)

Dharmendra, Meena Kumari,

Dharmendra worked with many A list actresses like Meena Kumari, Mala Sinha, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Asha Parekh, Parveen Babi, Hema Malini, Reena Roy, Jaya Prada. Since Dharmendra did both romantic and action films, he was called a versatile actor.


Films like ‘Jugnu’, ‘Blackmail’, ‘Lalkar’, ‘Keemat’, Yaadon Ki Baraat’ and ‘Patthar Aur Payal in 1972-73 earned him the title of Action Hero.


Dharmendra's most popular and successful pairing was with Hema Malini, who later became his wife. The duo were seen together in a number of films including ‘Raja Jani’, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Sharafat’, ‘Naya Zamana’, ‘Patthar Aur Payal’, ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawaan’,‘ Jugnu, Dost’, ‘Charas’, ‘Maa, ‘Chacha Bhatija’, ‘Azaad, DreamGirl and ‘Sholay’. (Express archive photo)


Dharmendra is most remembered for his performance of Veeru in the superhit Sholay 1975) and ‘Satyakam’ (1969). Dharmendra's comic timing made Veeru's role memorable. (Express Archive)


Between 1976 and 1984, Dharmendra was seen in many action films including '‘Dharam Veer'’, '‘Azaad', '‘Katilon Ke Kaatil'’, '‘Ghazab'’, '‘Rajput'’, '‘Bhagawat'’, '‘Jaani Dost'’, '‘Dharm Aur Qanoon'’, '‘Main Intequam Loonga’', '‘Jeene Nahi Doonga’', '‘Hukumat’' and '‘Raaj Tilak’'.


Dharmendra has worked with many renowned directors - Bimal Roy, Mohan Kumar, Dulal Guha, Ramanand Sagar in drama films, Raghunath Jhalani, Bhappi Sonie, Brij, Mohan Segal in romance films, Raj Khosla, Ramesh Sippy, Arjun Hingorani, Anil Sharma, K.C.Bokadia, J.P. Dutta, T. Rama Rao and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee, Rajkumar Kohli in comedy films. (Express archive photo)


Dharmendra's most successful collaboration was with director Arjun Hingorani. Arjun's directorial debut '‘Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere’' (1960) also marked the debut of Punjabi munda Dharmendra. Together they delivered four hits - 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?’ (1970),‘ Kahani Kismat Ki’ (1973),‘ Khel Khilari Ka’ (1977), ‘Katilon Ke Kaatil’ (1981) and ‘Kaun Kare Kurbanie’ (1991).


Dharmendra's next successful collaboration was with director Pramod Chakravarthy,with whom he delivered four hits,from different genres '‘Naya Zamana'’(drama), 'Dream Girl', 'Azaad’' and '‘Jugnu’'. (Express archive photo)


Dharmendra has also worked with eldest son Sunny Deol in films like Apne, Yamla Pagla Deewana.


Dharmendra has also starred in a number of Punjabi films –'‘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).

Sunny Deol, Dharmendra, Bobby Deol

Dharmendra has also dabbled in film production. He launched both his sons - Sunny Deol in ‘Betaab’ (1983) and Bobby Deol in ‘Barsaat’ (1995). Later he also launched his nephew Abhay Deol in ‘Socha Na Tha’ (2005). (Express archive photos)


Dharmendra then took a sabbatical for four years. He was then seen in two films - Life in A Metro’ and ‘Apne’. Both of which were commercial and critical successes. His sons Bobby and Sunny were seen with him in ‘Apne’.


In 2007, he appeared in ‘Johnny Gaddaar’ as the villain. He was then seen in '‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’' in 2011 which also had a sequel.


Dharmendra also had a brief television stint when he replaced Sajid Khan as the judge of the third series of popular reality show ‘India's Got Talent’. (Express archive photos)


Dharmendra has also been active in politics. He was elected as a Member of the Parliament in the 2004 general elections from Bikaner on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket. (Express archive photo)


During the course of his acting career, Dharmendra received many honours : In 1997 he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema. And In 2012,he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan,India's third highest civilian honour from the Government of India. (PTI)