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Born Dharam Singh Deol in Punjab, India, on Dec. 8, 1935, the legendary Indian actor Dharmendra was fascinated by film from a young age, often traveling long distances to see the latest movie.

After an early career with an American drilling company, Dharmendra moved to Bombay in 1960 to become an actor. After appearing in several Hindi films, he became a star in 1966 with his breakout role as the sensitive ruffian in Phool Aur Patthar (1966). In a career spanning five decades, Dharmendra has appeared in more than 200 films. Known as both a strong action hero and a romantic leading man, Dharmendra earned the nickname "Garam Dharam" (hot Dharam), and fans couldn't get enough of the Bollywood hunk.

Notable films include Jugnu (1973), Raja Jani (1972), Sholay (1975) and Ghulami (1985). In 2004, Dharmendra entered a new phase of his life when he became a member of Parliament.

Dharmendra in Sholay

Sholay

1975 NR

When former police chief Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar) vows to exact revenge on bandit Gabbar (Amjad Khan), who brutally gunned down his family, he hires two petty crooks, Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan), to carry out his plan -- with interesting results. India's best-known "curry" Western combines elements of traditional and spaghetti Western epics in a film that was very successful in its time, a milestone in Bollywood history.

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