How A Middle Class Man Became Superstar: Dharmendra Struggle Story

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Dharmendra Singh Deol also called as Greek God born in a middle-class Jat Sikh Family to a government school teacher in the village, Sahnewal. As every child is reluctant to go to school in their childhood he was also the same and he often troubled his mother to go to school. Due to a lack of interest in studies, he only completed his 12th standard from R.G ( Ramgarhia ) college Phagwara and 10th from Government Senior Secondary School and then left studies. At an early age he created his interest in movies, his favorite actress was “Suraiya” he was a die-hard fan of her and traveled for about miles to watch her movie Dillagi.

Dharmendra With Mother
Dharmendra In His Village


He got his first opportunity from the Filmfare Magazine talent hunt contest for which he went to Malerkotla to get his portfolio ready by Jaan Mohammed (John& Sons). After winning the New Talent Hunt Award he relocated to Mumbai, then his struggle started as he was promised a movie which was never made. Then after several auditions, he got his first break in movie Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere 1960, his romantic personality got him many romantic roles opposite Nutan, Mala Sinha, Nanda and Saira Banu in movies such as Soorat And Seerat (1962), Bandini (1963), Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kia(1966), Dulhan Ek Raat Ki (1967), Anpadh(1962), Pooja Ke Phool(1964), Ankhein was a very big hit, Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966), Ayee Milan Ki Bela(1964).

When he earned some money from these movies he bought his first Fiat car for 18,000 RS, in an interview he told that “his younger brother Ajit asked him to bye a Herald but he denied saying that he has an unstable career thus he needs to save money if things don’t work out”. Dharmendra highly successful movies were with Meena Kumari such as Main Bhi Ladki Hoon (1964), Kaajal (1965), Purnima(1965), Phool Aur Phattar(1966), Majhli Didi(1967), Chandan Ka Palna(1967), Baharon Ki Manzil(1968), his appealing personality and romantic nature attracted many heroines and he was first linked to actress Meena Kumari, it is also said that she helped him to establish as an A-lister in Hindi cinema. His movie Phool Aur Phattar was the highest-grossing film of 1966 and he got the Filmfare nomination for Best Actor.

Then after several hit movies, he paired with Actress Hema Malini for the first time in movie Raja Jani, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sharafat, Naya Zamana, Patthar Aur Payal, Tum Haseen Main Jawaan, Jugnu, Charas, Dost, Maa and the biggest hit Sholay (1975) when love blossomed between the two while shooting and decided to marry her despite being already married to Prakash Kaur.

Personal Life

Dharmendra has always been in limelight due to his personal life he got married at the age of 25 to Prakash Kaur in 1954 with whom he has four children Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, and daughters Vijeeta and Ajeeta. He married Hema Malini for the second time, thus he converted to Islam to marry her because his first wife Prakash denied to gave him divorce and with Hema he has two daughters, Esha Deol and Ahana Deol.

He later launched a production company named Vijayta Films threw which he launched both his son Sunny in Betaab and Ghayal and Bobby with Barsaat. He also tried a hand in politics and served as a Member of the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) representing Bikaner in Rajasthan from 2004 to 2009 on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is often seen posting his farmhouse pictures and gym on social media.

Dharmendra With First Wife Prakash Kaur
Dharmendra With Wife Prakash Kaur & Son Sunny And Bobby
Dharmendra With Hema Malini
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