Biography|July 29, 2012 10:48 am

Dharmendra Biography

Dharam Singh Deol was born on 8 December 1935 in Ludhiana, Punjab, Bharat, better known as Dharmendra, is an award-winning Hindi film actor who has appeared in more than 247 Hindi-language films as of 2011. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema and also another Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 IIFA Awards.

He is often referred to as the “He-Man” as well as the “Action King” of Hindi cinema, having starred in numerous action films, and is considered a living legend. He is father of actors Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Esha Deol. At the peak of his film career he was considered the most handsome actor in Bollywood and a matinée idol. He was one of the lead actors of the all-time blockbuster Sholay (1975), and went on to star in numerous successful Bollywood films across five decades. Dharmendra has thus established himself as one of the most prominent figures in the history of Hindi cinema.

In 2012, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. He was also a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing Bikaner constituency in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He was born in a Punjabi Sikh family in Punjab state to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur. He spent his early life in Phagwara, Kapurthala. His father was a school headmaster in the village of Lalton Ludhiana, where the family later moved.

In 2011, Dharmendra replaced Sajid Khan as the male judge of the third series of popular reality show India’s Got Talent. On 29 July 2011, India’s Got Talent aired on Colors with Dharmendra as the new judge and surpassed the opening ratings of the previous two seasons.

Dharmendra has also been active in politics. He was elected as a Member of the Parliament in the 2004 general elections, from Bikaner in Rajasthan, on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket. During his election campaign, he made an ironic remark that he should be elected Dictator perpetuo to teach “basic etiquette that democracy requires” for which he was severely criticized. Dharmendra rarely attended Parliament when the house was in session, preferring to spend the time shooting for movies or doing farm-work at his farm house.

Dharmendra maintained two relationships at the same time. His first marriage was to Prakash Kaur at the age of 19 in 1954. His second marriage was with actress Hema Malini. It is believed that they fell in love on the sets of film Sholay (1975) although they had made films together before. He married Hema while he was still married to his first wife Prakash Kaur.

From his first marriage, he has two sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol both successful actors, and two daughters, Vijeeta and Ajeeta. From his second marriage to Hema Malini, Dharmendra has two daughters Esha Deol, who is an actress, and Ahana Deol.

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