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Happy Birthday Dharmendra: As Bollywood’s muscleman turns 84, his most adorable pics with family. See them here

Few actors in Bollywood can combine what veteran actor Dharmendra manages to do — blend muscle with childlike innocence and a romantic personality. And that is exactly what makes Dharmendra a crowd-puller even at this age. As the actor turns 84 on Sunday, here’s a short trip down his eventful life and how he connects with the world through social media.

The actor was born in Punjab’s Ludhaina district into a Jat Sikh family in 1935. Son of a school headmaster, Dharmendra was taken by the moving images from an early age. Hard as it may sound, Dharmendra got into Bollywood not through any connections or luck, but was selected as part of a Filmfare talent hunt contest.

Through much of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Dharmendra was among the top-billed actors on the era. In the ’60s, he starred in a number of hit films, most of them comedies and romantic movies, opposite a bevy of beauties of the day – Tanuja, Nutan, Nanda, Saira Banu to name a few. Around this time, his name was constantly associated with veteran actor Meena Kumari.

Come the 1970’s era and Dharmendra’s romantic image took a turn towards action dramas. He formed a formidable partnership with Amitabh Bachchan, working in hits like Sholay, Ram Balram and many more. Around this time, he met, co-starred and fell in love with actor Hema Malini, whom he subsequently married. This was problematic as he was already married with kids. From both his marriages, he has six children — Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Vijeeta and Ajeeta Deol with Prakash Kaur and Esha Deol and Ahana Deol with Hema Malini.

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Today, Dharmendra leads mostly a quiet life, spending a lot of time on his farm in the outskirts of Mumbai. He constantly shares pictures and videos. He also shares family and throwback pictures, while his family including Esha, Bobby and now grandson Karan Deol also share lots of pictures with him.

On his birthday on Sunday, here are some of his family pictures.

 

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On Dharamji’s birthday, I pray for his happiness & good health. God bless him always🙏 Nostalgia time! One of our early fotos together😘

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Badepapa always told me “an actors growth never stops….” even at his age he’s still observing and learning something new. @aapkadharam

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Proud to be a son and proud to be a father. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and happy 18th birthday to my angel, Aryaman.

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Blast from the past!! Papa, Every day is a Father’s Day with you around … I am so blessed to have a father like you!! #happyfathersday

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♥️…….. “A daughter may outgrown her fathers lap … but she’ll never outgrow his heart ” #twiningwithdad #fatherdaughter #favoritefriday #twining #white #dharmendra #eshadeol #superdad #myhero @aapkadharam

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I have learned a lot from you. Courage, patience, forgiveness and a lot more but most importantly I’ve learned how to love. And you do that best without a lesson or advice. It’s just natural. You are all heart and I love you so deeply. Happy birthday my sweet papa. Wish you nothing but the best. Always @aapkadharam #allheart #mydaddystrongest #happybirthday #peaceandlove❤️

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the Loves of my life so blessed to be their child ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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#myprecious

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My forever valentines ❤️ #happyvalentinesday

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From the sets of #yamlapagladeewanaphirse

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Love 💖 you karan , so soulful poem ….. Duayen de rahin hain hwayen .. …mehar uski ..laazim hai …. Jeete raho …..be humble…. be kind .

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With love 💖 To you all….dear friends..ZINDGI …ek khoobsoorat jang hai …….Malik bhi…..saath deta hai un ka ……jo dete hain saath khud ka…… Decide your victory …..🙏

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