Dharam Singh Deol (born 8 December 1935, known mononymously as Dharmendra), is an Indian film actor, producer, and politician who is best known for his work in Indian cinema. He is also known as the “He-Man” of Indian cinema. He is considered one of the most successful actors in the history of Indian cinema.
In the mid-seventies, he was also voted among the top 10 most handsome men in the world. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. One of his most notable roles was in the 1975 film Sholay.
He was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing Bikaner constituency in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2012, he was awarded India’s third-highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
Dharmendra won the famous Nationally organised Filmfare magazine’s new talent award and went to Mumbai from Punjab, to work in the movie promised, being the award winner, but the movie was never made. He later made his debut with Arjun Hingorani’s Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere in 1960. He had a supporting role in the film Boy Friend in 1961, and was cast as the romantic interest in several films between 1960 and 1967.