Dharmendra to receive Raj Kapoor lifetime achievement award!!

Headlines | April 16, 2018, 8:43 a.m.


Veteran actor Dharmendra has been chosen for Maharashtra government's Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award and director Rajkumar Hirani will get the Raj Kapoor Special Contributions Award.

Maharashtra Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde made the announcement via social media on Sunday. 

"Delighted to announce veteran actor Dharmendraji as the recipient of Maharashtra State's Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award and director Rajkumar Hirani on being selected for the Raj Kapoor Special Contributions Award. Congratulations!" Tawde tweeted. 

Marathi actor Vijay Chavhan and actress Mrinal Kulkarni will be honoured too.

"Congratulations to veteran actor Vijay Chavhan and actress-director Mrinal Kulkarni on being announced as the recipients of the prestigious Chitrapati V Shantaram Jivangaurav Puraskar and Chitrapati V Shantaram Vishesh Yogdaan Puraskar respectively," he added. 

Dharmendra is one of the biggest supersstars of Bollywood, today.

Dharmendra Deol proved his versatality as the romantic hero in women centric films from 1960-1968 and became a romantic (lead) hero from 1968-1970. Then became an action hero from 1971-1997. H

He has appeared in 300 films and his long list of superhits include Ram Balram, Professor Pyarelal, Kaatilon Ke Katil, Naukar Biwi Ka, Jaani Dost, Samraat, Bhaghavat, Raaj Tilak, Jaagir, Qayamat, Insaaf Kaun Karega, Insaniyat Ke Dushman, Loha, Sone Pe Suhaga, Mardo Wali Baat, Khatron Ke Khiladi, Nafrat Ki Anandi, Batwara and Elaan E Jung. His film Hukumat in 1987 was highest garnering film of that year. He continued to be strong in 1990s as the best action hero even stronger than his successors - Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff. His fame then lead him into more successful movies 1990s including Veeru Dada, Naka Bandi, Farishtay, Tehalka, Kshatriya and Maidan E Jung.

He is known as 'Garam' Dharam in Bollywood. Had the looks of a real gentle man, masculine body of a he-man and when it came to his films, he had a knack in his dialog-delivery and the timing.

Dharmendra's original name is Dharam Singh Deol. He was born in a Jat family in Phagwara in Kapurthala district in the Indian state of Punjab to Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and Satwant Kaur. He spent his early life in village Sahnewal and studied at Government Senior Secondary School at Lalton Kalan, Ludhiana. He did his intermediate from Ramgarhia College, Phagwara in 1952.

With as much hoopla in his professional life, he caused quite a stir in his personal life also with marrying the ethereal beauty and popular actress Hema Malini. As the Hindu Marriage Act forbade polygamy, he converted to Islam in 1979 to ward-off protests and give a status to his second marriage. The couple lead went onto having two girls, Esha Deol and Ahana Deol. Esha is an actress and Ahana is a dancer.

Dharmendra has received several honors for his contribution to cinema and was awarded India's third highest civilian honor Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2012.

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