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Dharmendra, Bollywood Actor
Dharmendra was the superstar of Bollywood who has starred in almost 250 films in the industry.
 Dharmendra, Bollywood ActorIndian movie actor Dharmendra, whose actual name is Dharmendra Keval Krishna Deol was born on 8 December 1935 in the Kapurthala District of Punjab. His parents were Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur. Later his family moved to Lalton village where his father was a school teacher. Dharmendra was married at the age of 19 to Prakash Kaur and took up a job with an American Drilling Company boring tube wells. The couple had two sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. Later the actor married Bollywood actress Hema Malini and they had two daughters Esha Deoland Ahana Deol. Dharmendra was noticed in a Filmfare spot-the-talent contest and came to Mumbai to become an actor.

Early Life of Dharmendra
Belongs from a Jat Sikh family in Punjab state to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur, his ancestral village is Dangon which is located next to Pakhowal, Ludhiana. His early life in village Sahnewal and studied at Government Senior Secondary School at Lalton Kalan educated Dharmendra. His father was a school headmaster in the village of Lalton Kalan. He did his intermediate from Ramgarhia College, Phagwara in 1952.

Film Career of Dharmendra
Dharmendra was signed by Arjun Hingorani for 'Dil Bhi Tera, Hum Bhi Tere' in the year 1960. However strong, romantic lead roles in women-oriented films like Anpadh (1962) with Mala Sinha, Bandini (1963) and Soorat Aur Seerat (1963) both with Nutan brought Dharmendra to the forefront. An intimacy with Meena Kumari saw the two of them starring together in a series of films. Dharmendra, Bollywood Actor His first major hit film was 'Phool Aur Paththar' and thus in the year of 1966 Dharmendra became a star. He acted in many other hits as a soft romantic hero like Pooja Ke Phool, Shaadi, Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Main Bhi Ladki Hoon, Poornima and many more. In the 1960s he was regarded as one of the five best-looking men in the world. In the late 60s Dharmendra ventured into action films such as Aankhein, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Jugnu, Kahani Kismet Ki, Yaadon ki Baraat and Sholay, one of the biggest commercial successes of Hindi cinema.

Dharmendra next proved his versatility in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's comedy flick Chupke Chupke. Forming a hugely successful pairing with Hema Malini, doing a string of hit films together such as Naya Zamana, Raja Jani, Seeta Aur Geeta, Jugnu, Dost and Sholay, Sharafat, Tum Haseen Main Jawaan, Dost, Charas, Maa, Chacha Bhatija, Azaad, Teesri Aankh, Sholay and the Burning Train. The ace actor has also worked with contemporary heroines such as with Sridevi in Naaka Bandi, Jaya Prada in Elaan-E-Jung, Dimple Kapadia in Shehzaade, Amrita Singh in Sachai Ki Taaqat and many others. Having worked with almost all notable directors, the actor has also to his credit of starring in Punjabi movies. Do Sher, Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam, Teri Meri Ik Jindri, Putt Jattan De and Qurbani Jatt Di.

Dharmendra has launched both of his sons in films, Sunny Deolin Betaab in the year 1983 and Bobby Deol in Barsaat in the year 1995. He also launched his brother's son, Abhay Deol in Socha Na Tha in 2005. In 2007 the actor reappeared in the movies Apne along with his two sons, Life In A Metro and Jonny Gaddaar and recently in Yamala Pagla Deewana.

Dharmendra had become active in politics with his wife Hema Malini. He won a position as a Member of Parliament in the 2004 general elections, from Bikaner in Rajasthan, on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket.

Awards Received by Dharmendra
Dharmendra won his first Filmfare Award for Best Film/Producer for Ghayal in 1991 and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema in 1997.In 2007 he got IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Dharmendra, Bollywood ActorHe is a recipient of the prestigious Living Legend Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian entertainment industry as well. In 2003, he has won Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sansui Viewers' Choice Movie Awards. In 2004, he was honoured for Best Contribution to Indian Cinema. In 2005, he won Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement, whereas in 2007, he won lifetime achievement award at the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). Among his other awards, The Punjabi newspaper 'Quami Ekta' honoured him for his contributions to the Indian cinema. In 2008, he was awarded 'Actor Par Excellence' at the Max Stardust Awards. In 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nashik International Film Festival (NIFF). In 2010, he was honoured as the Big Star Entertainer for his 50 years of excellence at the Big Star Entertainment Awards. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards and the "Salaaam Maharashtra Award" for completion of 50 years in the film industry.

Filmography of Dharmendra
Some of his early films are as follows:
Alibaba Aur 40 Chor (1980)
Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980)
Putt Jattan De (1981)
Professor Pyarelal (1981)
Krodhi (1981)
Katilon Ke Kaatil (1981)
Aas Paas (1981)
Naseeb (1981)
Teesri Aankh (1982)
Samraat (1982)
Main Intequam Loonga (1982)
Ghazab (1982)
Do Dishayen (1982)
Baghawat (1982)
Badle Ki Aag (1982)
Rajput (1982)
Meharbaani (1982)
Ambri (1983)
Razia Sultan (Movie) (1983)
Naukar Biwi Ka (1983
Jaani Dost (1983)
Qayamat (1983)
Sunny (1984)
Ranjhan Mera Yaar (1984)
Raaj Tilak (1984)
Jagir (1984)
The Gold Medal (1984)
Dharam Aur Kanoon (1984)
Baazi (1984)
Insaaf Kaun Karega (1984)
Jhootha Sach (1984)
Ghulami (1985)
Sitamgar (1985)
Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986)
Mohabbat Ki Kasam (1986)
Main Balwan (1986)
Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987)
Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987)
Mard Ki Zabaan (1987)
Insaaf Ki Pukar (1987)
Dadagiri (1987)
Aag Hi Aag (1987)
Insaniyat Ke Dushman (1987)
Loha (1987)
Hukumat (1987)
Jaan Hatheli Pe (1987)
Zalzala (1988)
Soorma Bhopali (1988)
Sone Pe Suhaaga (1988)
Saazish (1988)
Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988)
Mardon Wali Baat (1988)
Mahaveera (1988)
Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga (1988)
Ganga Tere Desh Mein (1988)
Sachai Ki Taqat (1989)
Nafrat Ki Aandhi (1989)
Hathyar (1989)
Kasam Suhaag Ki (1989)
Ilaaka (1989)
Batwara (1989)
Elaan-E-Jung (1989)
Sikka (1989)
Shehzaade (1989)
Veeru dada (1990)
Vardi (1990)
Qurbani Jatt Di (1990)
Pyaar Ka Karz (1990)

Later films by Dharmendra
Johnny Gaddaar
Om Shanti Om
Yamla Pagla Deewana
Tell Me O Kkhuda
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2
Singh Saab The Great
Jatt Pardesi

Dharmendra as a Producer
23 March 1931: Shaheed
Socha Na Tha
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2

Personal life of Dharmendra
The first marriage of Dharmendra 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. Later Dharmendra married to Hema Malini in 1980. They has two daughters, Esha Deol, who was an actress and Ahana Deol, who was a successful dancer.

(Last Updated on : 06/05/2014)
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