Posted by: S/J | 12/08/2009

Happy Birthday Dharam Ji!

dharmendra-the-indian-macho-man-wallpaper Tum jeeyo hazaaron saal, yeh hamari hai aarzoo…Happy Bir-day to you!

Dharamendra Singh Deol was born on December 8, 1935 in Punjab. He first graced the screen in 1960 in the film “Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere.” From than on he has appeared in over 230 films, from which of course “Sholay” is the favorite among most people, but to truly appreciate this very underrated actor you have to look at the diversity of his work and of course the man himself.

One film of his that we have seen countless times and we’ll never get tired of watching is Chupke Chupke. It’s not only one of the best comedies ever made in Hindi cinema, but it is one where you cannot stop laughing at Dharamji’s shudh Hindi speaking character.

In 1997, he won a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Filmistan. While receiving the award from Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, he became emotional and remarked that he never received any Filmfare award in the “Best Actor” category despite having worked in so many successful films and nearly a hundred popular movies. He was glad that his contributions had finally been recognized, as were we…even if we still feel a sting. Chupke Chupke, Sholay, Satyakam, Anupama, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Phool Aur Patthar, Pratigya and Naya Zamana are some of his best movies and he should’ve won awards for all of these. We also love Devar, Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke, Haqeeqat, Aaye Din Bahaar Ke, Dillagi (old one), Seeta Aur Geeta, Jugnu, Guddi, Dharm-Veer, and Loafer.

He might have been under-appreciated as an actor, but no one could resist Dharm Ji’s good looks. Dilip Kumar Saab said at Filmfare,”Whenever I get to meet with God Almighty I will set before Him my only complaint-why did You not make me as handsome as Dharmendra?” In the 70s, he was voted one of the world’s most handsome men, the only other from Filmistan to do so was Salman Khan in 1997.

Like most of the yesteryear actors, even Dharmji had a very distinctive dancing style -if Jeetendra was known for his jumping-jacks than Dharam Ji was known for well…Dharam Ji’s dance moves. You can’t even name them, they’re just inimitably Dharam Ji – unpretentious, honest and sincere and of course very entertaining! Case in point – “Main Jatt Yamla Pagla Deewana” from “Pratigya” (1975).

Dharam Ji is the only actor in Filmistan that is both “the ladies’ man” and “a man’s man.” That’s his personality and that’s what we love about him. The actor in him…we’ll let Waheeda ji describe that as she did for Tehelka. “Laughs veteran actor Waheeda Rehman: “He was a complete actor who left his mark in each of his films.” And he still leaves a mark today, we cannot forget his performance in “Johnny Gaddar” and are looking forward to “Har Pall,” “Cheers,” and “Masters” among others.

And as we finish off, here’s to the cult of Veeru. We love you and we wish you a very happy birthday!



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