Arjun Gumberwrote on Mar 3 2011 6:14PM
Dharamendra Kewal Krishen Deol was born on the 8th December 1935 in Punjab, India. He was born into an Arya Samaj Jatt family. His father was Kewal Krishen Deol, a school headmaster and his mother Satwant Kaur Deol, was a Sikh.
He married Prakash Kaur in 1954 and has two sons Sunny and Bobby, both of whom are actors and two daughters Ajeeta and Vijeta. At the time of his marriage he was working with an American Drilling Company.
In 1980 he converted to Islam to marry actress Hema Malini as his first wife refused to grant him divorce. His legal name after changing religion is Delawar Khan. He has two daughters with Hema Malini, Esha and Ahana. His daughter Esha Deol is an actress.
He was also involved with Meena Kumari with whom he worked in Phool Aur Pathar and many other movies.
The Filmfare spot the talent contest proved to be lucky for him as he was discovered and signed up by Arjun Hingorani in the sixties and there was no looking back as he became one of the most prominent faces in Bollywood for five decades, a fact that was recognized in 1997 when he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dharamendra in Politics
He contested from Bikaner, Rajasthan during the 2004 General Elections as part of BJP and was consequently elected Member of Parliament
1960 to 1969 Dharamendra’s debut movie was Arjun Hingorani’s Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere in 1960. Anpad (1962) was about literacy among women and he worked with Mala Sinha and Shashi Kala in the movie.
In Bimal Roy’s Bandini (1963), he starred with Nutan and Ashok Kumar as a doctor in a prison. He was cast opposite Meena Kumari in Phool Aur Pather in a negative role but whose goodness is brought out by Meena Kumari.
He worked with Sharmila Tagore in movies like Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968), Yakeen (1969) and Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Satyakam (1969). He starred with Mala Sinha and Mehmood in Aankhen (1968) that was a spy movie and became a hit at the box office.