Bollywood’s most loved and humble superstar, Dharmendra turns 81 today. Also
known as the He-Man of Bollywood, Dharmendra has given us some exemplary
performances in the past. Some of his films like Sholay, Chupke Chupke and
Anupama will always have a special place in the history of cinema.
As the superstar turns a year older today, let’s take you through 15 best roles played by our very own Dharam paaji...
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Anupama had Dharmendra play the role of an Urdu
poet. The movie starred Sharmila Tagore, Shashikala, Deven Verma and Surekha
Pandit in key roles.
After the success of Anupama, Hrishikesh Mukherjee got
Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore together again in Satyakam. The movie also won National Film Award For Best Feature
Film in Hindi.
Dharmendra played himself in Guddi. The plot of the film was about a spunky schoolgirl, Kusum, aka Guddi (Jaya Bachchan), who is obsessed
with film star Dharmendra. Guddi somehow manages to meet the real-life
Dharmendra and that turns out to be an eye-opener for her. Why? That’s because
she realises the vast difference between real world and the make-believe world
Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973)
Yaadon Ki Baraat was the first masala film, combining
elements of the action, drama, romance, musical, crime and thriller genres. The
film was later remade in Tamil as Naalai Namadhe, in Telugu as Annadammula
Anubandham, and in Malayalam as Himam.
Blackmail, a thriller film directed by Vijay Anand, saw
Dharmendra, Raakhee, Madan Puri, and Shatrughan Sinha in key roles. Its song
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas became a chartbuster instantly and is still considered as
one of the best songs of the golden era. Dharmendra’s female fans could not
stop gushing everytime the superstar sang those lines.
Chupke Chupke (1975)
Dharmendra, as a botanical professor shared a superb
chemistry with Sharmila Tagore in Chupke Chupke. This film is highly remembered
for Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan's comic acts. In the same year, all-time
blockbuster Sholay also released.
Sholay, as we all know, created our very own, ‘Jai-Veeru’
jodi. Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra’s bromance became the talk of the town.
Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s ‘Koi Haseena’ song is still sung by lovers to melt
their lady’s heart. The film also starred Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Hema
Malini and Jaya Bachchan. Sholay was nominated for nine Filmfare Awards.
Directed by M. A. Thirumugam and produced by Sandow
M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar, Maa starred Dharmendra and Hema Malini in lead roles.
Dharmendra plays Dharam and Jitendra plays Veer in the film. Dharam-Veer
is about a tale of twin brothers separated
at birth who still become best friends when they are older, not knowing that
they were real brothers. Zeenat Aman and Dharmendra's O Meri Mehbooba from the film became an instant hit.
Chacha Bhatija (1977)
Chacha Bhatija starred Dharmendra, Randhir Kapoor,
Rehman, Hema Malini, Yogeeta Bali, Jeevan, Master Satyajeet and Sonia Sahni.
This was Dharmendra’s second best film in that year after Dharam Veer. The film
was directed by Manmohan Desai.
Burning Train (1980)
Starring Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna,
Parveen Babi, Jeetendra, Neetu Singh, Vinod Mehra, Danny Denzongpa in key
roles, the plot of the film revolves around a train named Super Express that
catches fire on its inaugural run from New Delhi to Mumbai. Dharmedra's iconic scenes on the train's rooftop with Jeetendra and Vinod Khanna were one of the highlights of the film.
The film had an ensemble cast comprising Dharmendra,
Mithun Chakraborty, Mazhar Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raza Murad, Reena Roy,
Smita Patil, Anita Raj, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Shivpuri. Amitabh Bachchan
narrated the film.
Humkumat became the highest grossing film of 1987 with Dharmendra and Rati Agnihotri in key roles.
Written and directed by J.P. Dutta, Hathyar had
Dharmendra play an underworld don, Khushal Khan. The film also starred Sanjay
Dutt, Paresh Rawal, Rishi Kapoor and a few more.
Johnny Gaddar (2007)
Though the film didn’t do seemingly well at the box-office, it was critically acclaimed. It was also Neil Nitin Mukesh’s debut
film. Johnny Gaddar was a treat for Dharmendra fans as they watched him play Sheshadri – a
We wish you a very happy birthday, Dharam ji!
Image Source: Google