"Kutte kameene main tera khoon pee jaoonga"
You must have mouthed this in jest or in anger umpteen number of times. The man behind this dialogue and many others just like this one is none other than Dharam Singh Deol. Fondly and popularly known as Dharmendra, he came to Mumbai looking for work after winning Filmfare magazine's new talent award. He made his debut with the movie Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere in 1960. He has dedicated half a century of his life to entertaining us and we have never stopped being in awe of this man. The Padma Bhushan awardee is not just a versatile actor but also a legend when it comes to his time in Bollywood. On his birthday, we list down the reasons why he is so very epic.
Original He-Man of Bollywood
Although well-known for his versatility as an actor, he is most popular for his action roles in the 1970's. His most popular movies include Dharam Veer, Raaj Tilak, Azaad and Charas. These action movies earned him the title of “He-Man of Bollywood” with his well-toned body and amazing action sequences.
Iconic Dialogue Delivery
It is true that the credit for iconic dialogues should be given to the writers, but the dialogue delivery is what stays in the minds of the audience and very few actors could do so the way Dharmendra did.
Dharmendra has also given us some hilarious classics like Chupke Chupke, Naukar Biwi Ka and Do Chor. He carried his comic timing to his action roles too and even in serious drama movies there would be scenes where he would make you smile. Case in point: Sholay.
A Style Icon
Dharmendra always believed in dressing well off screen. You would spot him donning the latest fashion and being magazine-shoot ready whenever he ventured out in public eye. In the mid-seventies he also made it to the list of World's Most Handsome Men, a feat that was later achieved only by Salman Khan.
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