Veteran actor Dharmendra turned 80 today on Tuesday. He is one of the most popular Bollywood actors. Have a look at his life.
Dharmendra was born in Nasrali, Ludhiana Punjab to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur. He won the Filmfare magazine's new talent award and came to Mumbai from Punjab and made his debut with 'Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere' in 1960.
Dharmendra's first marriage was to Parkash Kaur at the age of 19 in 1954. From his first marriage, he has two sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol both successful actors, and two daughters, Vijeeta Deol and Ajeeta Deol (This picture is shared by Sunny Deol wishing his father on Twitter, 'My hero... My superstar... Wishing you happy birthday')
Dharmendra wed Hema Malini after converting to Islam so he could also stay married to his previous wife without having to get a getting a divorce
He met Hema Malini during the filming of Sholay. She eventually married him in 1980 and the couple has two daughters, Esha Deol and Ahana Deol.
Dharmendra and Hema Malini
He has been a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing Bikaner constituency in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2012, he was honoured India's third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema.