Saturday, January 19, 2008

Dharmender – the dynamic star of bollywood.

Dharmender – the dynamic star of bollywood.


Dharmender is one of the dynamic stars of bollywood who maintained a steady box office for over 40 years. Viewers of different age-groups have enjoyed his performance in the 60s, 70s and 80s. He is better known for action films, but he had acted in different types of films in his illustrious career.

Initially he had played roles of anti-hero in films like Ai Milan Ki Bela, along with Rajender Kumar, Saira Banu, and other roles in Kajal along with Raj Kumar, but showed his individual capability in OP Ralhan’s Phool Aur Patthar, opposite Meena Kumari. In those days viewers appreciated romantic films more than action films. Dharmender had acted in a number of those films which are known for outstanding music.


For example his film Mere Humdum Mere Dost, opposite Sharmila Tagore, LP’s music and Rafi’s songs “na ja kabhi ab na ja”, “hui shaam unka” were super duper hits. Similarly his Pyar hi pyar, opposite Vaijayantimala, had hit songs like “dekha hai teri ankhon me”, “mai kahin kavi na banjayu” composed by Shankar Jaikishan and sung by Rafi had been successful. At the same time he acted in films directed by Hrishijkesh Mukherjee like Satyakam, Giddi, Chupke chupke, where the characters were given adequate expression.

In Satyakam, he passed out as an engineer, and discovered the corruption in society. He was well supported by Sanjeev Kumar. In Guddi, he convinced a little girl played by Jaya Bacchan, who was his admirer, that whatever is shown in films are larger than life image, which has hardly any similarity with the reality. The film also showed the contribution of technical persons in the studios like cameraman, makeupman, costume-designer, dialogue-writer, etc., who are less known to the public, and the actors can accomplish their tasks due to their efforts. Chupke Chupke is a comedy film which shows the wit related to impersonation of a botanist to play the character of a driver of a lawyer.


At the same time Dharmender had acted in action films like Jugnu, Charas, Sholay, where his angry young man image had been accepted by the audience. He had raised his voice against the corrupt practices existing in the society, and he had been kind towards the gentle persons and harsh towards the criminals. In Sholay, his performance opposite Big B had entertained the crowd with the comedy scenes which were required to balance the tragic and action sequences. His performance opposite Hema Malini in films like Kinara, Jugnu, Seeta aur Geeta, is worth mentioning. He was an indispensable star, and bollywood depended on his sheer brilliance for more than 30 years. Modern actors have a lot to learn from the legendary hero.

Article By: Supriya Chatterji.

6 comments:

Souvik Chatterji said...

Dharmender had addressed the tastes of differnt viewers, he is loved by all, in Jheel Ke Uspaar,Yaadon ki baraat, Burning Train he had shown his bravery, while in Yakeen, Neela Akash, he had shown romantic passion and his comedy impulse in Chupke Chupke cannot be described in words.
Souvik Chatterji.

rafimurty said...

Dharmji was a good actor and had a very pleasing personality. He was referred as the He-Man of the industry. His voice too was good and very manly. Unfortunately, Dharamji started to play bafoon-like roles (even Sholay comes in that bracket, what with chakki peesing dialgues, suicide etc). Come on Dharamji, you were not the same old personality of the other films mentioned in the article. One film though got missed and that was JEEVAN MRUTYU opposite Raakhi where Dharamendra played the role of a sikh (actually he changes his attire to look like a sikh for most part of the movie). Hakeeqat, Aankhe etc saw the soldier Dharamendra at his best.

adnan said...

Dharmendra is another great actor of indian cinema.
he could not won filmfare award.because their were lot of great actor in his time.
but he played great roles in many films.he was boxoffice king.
FILMFARE Nominated him four times in best actor category.
Filmfare did not nominate him for "SATYAKAAM",WHICH IS HIS BEST PERFORMANCE IN MY OPINION.
THEY NOMINATE "RAJESH KHANNA TWO TIMES"ARADHANA,ITTEFAQ".
FILMFARE SHOULD NOMINATE DHARMENDRA FOR "SATYAKAAM".
FILMFARE SHOULD NOT NOMINATE RAJESH KHANNA FOR ARADHANA.BECAUSE ARADHANA IS A HEROINE ORIANTED MOVIE.
DHARMENDRA IS A GREAT ACTOR.BUT,HE FACED TAUGH COMPETETION IN HIS TIME.

jenifer lewi said...

dharmender actor he is my raakhi brother when i was 16 i sent him one rakhi then he posted me his one atographed pic for me I am now sixty I kept that pic still with me.

elizabeth said...

dharmji was a good actor i like his acting so so much

Anonymous said...

Probably,the most verstile actor of bollywood.
brilliant entertainer.