Dharmendra was an extravagant actor. He was associated with Bollywood for 60 years. Dharmendra has been one of the most precious dignitaries of India. December 8, 1935, was the date when one of the greatest superstars arrived on this planet. He is recognized for his characters in movies like Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Sholay, Yaadon ki baarat, etc. Dharmendra deserved a lifetime achievement award and he finally received Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi films in 1997.
These are some of the collective facts about Dharmendra:
His actual name was Dharam Singh Deol. He got various nicknames in his lifetime. Almost every nickname was based on his character, ‘Action King’ and ‘He-Man’ that indicate his phenomenal presence in action movies. He came from Punjab and searched for an opportunity in Mumbai. He felt optimistic about this endeavor just after achieving Filmfare magazine’s new talent award.
His debut was a film named ‘Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere’ directed by Arjun Hingorani in 1960. ‘Phool aur Patthar’, was the first action film that gave birth to He-Man. In 1966, This film became the highest-grossing movie.
He is extensively celebrated for his character of Veeru, in Sholay. The most iconic film in the history of Indian cinema, Sholay was tagged first in the list of ‘Top 10 Indian Films’ in a poll conducted by the British Film Institute in 2002. An actor after a certain point wants a stable career and is fed up with sustaining through the uncertainty of the entertainment industry. That is the point when an actor decides to become a producer and take a risk. If that risk turns out to be a success then he is somewhat stable. Dharmendra also started his production house named Vijayta Films in 1983.
These are some of the unknown facts about Dharmendra:
1. Dharmendra was launched in
Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere by Arjun Hingorani in 1960. The film reached its destination as per fate but, Dharmendra & Hingorani lived like Jay-Veeru (friends). Another interesting aspect of their friendship is the coincidence of triple ‘K.’ He worked with Hingorani in the films named: Kab Kyon Aur Kahan, Khel Khiladi Ka, Kahani Kismat Ki, and Katilon Ke Kaatil.
2. Dharmendra was a devoted friend and his friends included directors like OP Ralhan, Arjun Hingorani, Manmohan Desai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee & Ramanand Sagar. He never rejected their offer. ‘Satyakam’, was his most appreciated performance and was governed and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. As per the reports, Mukherjee in a few interviews confessed about Dharmendra being his favorite actor.
3. Sharmila Tagore & Dharmendra were co-stars is a normal thing but their birthday is celebrated on the same day and this is an amazing coincidence. According to the sources and interviews, it is clearly visible that both of them were emotional about each other. They shared the screen in three iconic movies directed by Mukherjee namely, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, and Satyakam.
4. Dharmendra never flinched in doing female-centric movies even when he was a megastar. At the start of his pursuit, he performed in Soorat Aur Seerat with the tremendous actress Nutan, He knew that she had a major function (her spouse directed the movie).
5. Dharmendra is an actor with overloaded versatility. He was one of the finest Bollywood actors to the date but still remained adventurous and underrated. He was always eager to accept and accomplish challenging roles. In 1983 he signed on Sai Paranjpye, the avant-garde director to direct him and Shabana Azmi in a movie named Bichchoo. But the film couldn’t go beyond the initial plan and was put off. After a few years, Dharmendra’s son Bobby did a picture named Bichchoo. Disclaimer – these two films don’t have any connection with each other.
These are some of the iconic facts of an action superstar, Dharmendra.