The 'dharam garam' Dharmendra is a veteran Bollywood actor, who has starred in multiple films in his golden span of career. The thespian, who is best known for his action avatar on-screen celebrates his birthday on December 8. As he turns 80 this year, let's take a look at some of the lesser known facts about him.
Do you know what's Dharmendra's real name? Well, he was born as born Dharam Singh Deol on December 8, 1935. The legend is basically from Nasrali, a small village in Ludhiana district, Punjab, to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur. However, his ancestral village is Dangon, near Pakhowal, Ludhiana.
The thespian's journey into filmdom is truly inspiring. Dharmendra became an actor after he got selected for winning Filmfare magazine's new talent award. It was after this in, he shifted to Mumbai from Punjab looking for work.
Dharmendra worked with many actresses of his time. From Nanda, Saira Banu to Meena Kumari, Nutan. But his on-screen jaadu was most effective with dream girl Hema Malini. He featured in many films with her and later on married her. They have two daughters—Esha and Ahana Deol, both married, now.
The actor has two wives. His first marriage with Parkash Kaur was at the tender age of 19 in 1954, reportedly. He has two sons, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, and two daughters, Vijeeta Deol, Ajeeta Deol from his first marriage.
The legendary megastar even tried his hand in television. He reportedly became one of the judges in popular reality show India's Got Talent. And the audience response was phenomenal.