Popularly known as Punjab Da Puttar, Dharam Singh Deol, or even more recognized as Bollywood's Dharmendra Singh Deol, born on 8th December 1935, will turn 77 this year!
This veteran actor has been seen in over 250 films. Sometimes called the "He-Man" or the "Action King" of Hindi cinema, he has starred in numerous action films, and is considered a living legend. His acting and performances are were loved by audiences and critics alive. He has numerous awards to his name including a National award, 2 Filmfare awards including the prestigious Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, given for his contribution to Indian Cinema. The IIFA awards also honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2007. Dharam ji was also honored with a Padmabhushan for his contribution to Indian Cinema.
Dharmendra opened his career innings with the film Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere (1960), but did not taste his real commercial success until Phool Aur Patthar (1966). Later, he starred in the highest grossing film of the year Sholay (1975), as the inimitable Veeru opposite the "dream girl" Hema Malini. He has also been seen opposite numerous other decorated and revered actresses of B-town including Meena Kumari, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Asha Parekh, Rekha, Zeenat Aman, etc. However, his most successful pairing by far was with Hema Malini.
Currently, he is married to Hema Malini and has two daughters, Esha Deol and Aahana, with her. He has four other children from his previous marriage to Prakash Kaur and they are actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, Vijeeta Deol and Ajeeta Deol.
BollyCurry wishes Dharmendra a very happy birthday and a healthy and prosperous year ahead!
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