|Dharmendra in 2011|
|Born||Dharam Singh Deol
8 December 1935
Sahnewal, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, India)
|Spouse(s)||Prakash Kaur (1954–present)
Hema Malini (1980–present)
|Children||Sunny Deol (Ajay Singh Deol)
Bobby Deol (Vijay Singh Deol)
|Occupation||Actor, producer, politician|
Dharam Singh Deol (Born 8 December 1935), better known as Dharmendra, is an award-winning Hindi film actor who has appeared in more than 247 Hindi-language films as of 2011. Dharmendra is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. 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. At the peak of his film career he was considered the most handsome actor in Bollywood. 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.
He was also a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing Bikaner constituency in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2012, he was honoured India's third highest civilan honour Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
Early life 
He was born in a Punjabi Sikh Jat family in Punjab state to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur. He spent his early life in village Sahnewal. His father was a school headmaster in the village of Lalton Ludhiana, where the family later moved to Bombay .
Film career 
Dharmendra won the Filmfare new talent award and came to Mumbai from Punjab looking for work. Starting with Arjun Hingorani's Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere (1960), he worked in several romantic black and white films in the early 1960s, hitting solo hero stardom with the blockbuster, Phool Aur Patthar (1966). At the start of his career, he was usually cast as a romantic hero and later, from 1974 onwards, as an action hero. He starred with several leading actresses at the beginning of his career. He worked with Nutan in Soorat Aur Seerat (1962) and Bandini (1963), Mala Sinha in Anpadh (1962) and Pooja Ke Phool (1964), Saira Banu in Shaadi (1962) and Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964) and with Meena Kumari in Main Bhi Ladki Hoon (1964), Kaajal (1965), Poornima (1965) and Phool Aur Paththar (1966).
Phool Aur Paththar became the highest grossing film of 1966 and Dharmendra received his first Filmfare nomination for Best Actor. He formed a very successful pairing with actresses including Meena Kumari, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Asha Parekh, Rekha, Zeenat Aman and Hema Malini. His most successful pairing was with Hema Malini, who went on to become his future wife. The couple delivered phenomenal hits such as Raja Jani, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sharafat, Tum Haseen Main Jawaan, Jugnu, Dost, Charas, Maa[disambiguation needed], Chacha Bhatija, Azaad, and Sholay. The critically acclaimed 1980 film, The Burning Train, also saw the Dharam-Hema chemistry in full flight.
Dharmendra's most notable acting performance was Satyakam with Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Sholay, where he appeared as the inimitable Veeru. Sholay became the biggest hit in the history of Hindi cinema and is listed by Indiatimes as one of the "Top 25 must see Bollywood films of all time". In 2005, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards awarded Sholay the special distinction of Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years. Dharmendra went on to star in numerous successful Bollywood films in the 1970s and '80s including Pratigya, Dharam Veer, Charas, Azaad, Katilon Ke Kaatil, Ghazab, Bhagawat, Dharam Aur Kanoon, Hukumat, Raaj Tilak, Watan Ke Rakhwale, Aag Hi Aag, Ghulami, Hathyar and Loha.
He has worked with various directors, each having different styles in their film-making: Bimal Roy and Mohan Kumar in drama films, Yash Chopra and Raghunath Jhalani in romance films, Raj Khosla, Ramesh Sippy, Arjun Hingorani, Anil Sharma and Rajkumar Santoshi in action films and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and Rajkumar Kohli in comedy films. Dharmendra also has the distinction of appearing in several films opposite actresses who have also starred opposite his son Sunny Deol. Notable among those are Sridevi in Naaka Bandi, Jaya Prada in Elaan-E-Jung, Dimple Kapadia in Shehzaade, Amrita Singh in Sachai Ki Taaqat, Kimi Katkar in Humlaa and Poonam Dhillon in Sone Pe Suhaaga.
He has also periodically made films in his native tongue of Punjabi, starring in 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). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he continued to appear in many other films in both leading and supporting roles. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. While accepting the award from Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu, Dharmendra became emotional and remarked that he had never won any Filmfare award in the Best Actor category despite having worked in so many successful films and nearly a hundred popular movies. He was glad that his contributions had finally been recognized. Speaking on this occasion Dilip Kumar commented, "Whenever I get to meet with God Almighty I will set before Him my only complaint - why did You not make me as handsome as Dharmendra?".
Dharmendra has experimented with film production; he launched both of his sons in films: Sunny Deol in Betaab (1983) and Bobby Deol in Barsaat (1995) as well as his nephew Abhay Deol in Socha Na Tha (2005). Among the other fans he is the idol of lots of idols. In one of her interviews, actress Preity Zinta has been quoted as saying that Dharmendra is her favourite actor. She recommended him to play her father's role in Har Pal (2008). Actor Salman Khan also always recommended himself as his biggest fan,they worked together in"Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya". At the IIFA Awards, star Shatrughan Sinha commented: "Even the best actors of Bollywood could knock out in front of Dharam ji's acting, and after seeing Amitabh Ji's acting everyone says that if he can be a star why can't I."
After a few years' hiatus from acting since the early 2000s, he is reappearing in films as a character actor. His 2007 films Life in a... Metro and Apne were both critically and commercially successful at the box office. In the latter, he appears with both his sons, Sunny and Bobby for the first time. His other release was Johnny Gaddaar, where he played a villainous role. His latest film Yamla Pagla Deewana co-starring his sons Sunny and Bobby was released on 14 January 2011.
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.
In 1983 Deol set up a production company known as Vijayta Films. Its first film was Betaab. The film was released in 1983, starring his son Sunny Deol as the lead actor in his debut movie. The film was a blockbuster. In 1990 he produced the action flick Ghayal, starring his son Sunny Deol. The film won seven Filmfare Awards, including the Best Movie Award. It also won National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Dharmendra also launched his younger son Bobby Deol's in 1995 through Barsaat and his nephew Abhay Deol in 2005 through Socha Na Tha.
Personal life 
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. It is believed that he converted to Islam to marry Hema Malini because his first wife refused to divorce him.
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...
- 1991 – National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Ghayal (Producer)
- 1991 – Filmfare Award for Best Movie for Ghayal
- 1997 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema.
- 1965 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Ayee Milan Ki Bela
- 1967 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Phool Aur Patthar
- 1972 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Mera Gaon Mera Desh
- 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Yaadon Ki Baaraat
- 1975 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Resham Ki Dori
- 1984 – Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Naukar Biwi Ka
- Other Awards and recognitions
- In the mid-seventies, Dharmendra was voted one of the most handsome men in the world, a feat only repeated by Salman Khan (from Bollywood) in 2004.
- He has received the World Iron Man award.
- He has also received a Special Award for his "contribution in Indian Cinema" at the Kalakar Awards.
- He 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.
- In 2003 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sansui Viewers' Choice Movie Awards.
- In 2004, he was honoured for Best Contribution to Indian Cinema.
- In 2005, he received the Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement.
- In 2007, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pune International Film Festival PIFF).
- In 2007, he received an IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award.
- In 2007, he received an award for Humanitarian Services to the Indian Nation.
- In 2007, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by DBR Entertainment.
- In 2007, the Punjabi newspaper Quami Ekta honoured him for his contributions to the Indian cinema.
- In 2008, he was named "Actor Par Excellence" at the Max Stardust Awards.
- In 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) International Film Festival.
- 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.
- In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award.
- In 2011, he received a "Salaam Maharashtra Award" for completing 50 years in the film industry.
- In 2011, he was honoured with and "Outstanding Performance For the Last 50 Years" award at the The Global Indian Film and TV Honours.
- In 2011, he was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Ratna Award at the Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Awards.
- In 2011, he was honoured with "The ITA Scroll Of Honour" at the Indian Television Academy Awards.
- In 2012, he was honoured with the "Icon of Punjab Award" at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards.
Latest films 
|Apne||Baldev Singh Chaudhary|
|Om Shanti Om||Himself||Himself in song Deewangi Deewangi|
|2011||Yamla Pagla Deewana||Dharam Singh|
|Tell Me O Kkhuda||Don Anthony|
|2013||Yamla Pagla Deewana 2||Dharam Singh||Releasing on 7 June 2013|
|1990||Ghayal||National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment|
|2003||23 March 1931: Shaheed|
|2005||Socha Na Tha|
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