D Is For Dosti How many of you feel a certain thum­ping warmth coursing within when Yeh Dosti... comes on? When Dha­rm­endra tur­ned 80 a few days back, Jai drop­ped in on that sidecar, the one that played truant, then came back. All for Veeru.

Fotocorp (From Outlook Issue 21 December 2015)

Actor Dharmendra celebrates his 80th birthday in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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Force without words Veeru takes down Gabbar

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Forecourt Shots At the swearing in of the new government at Rashtrapati Bhavan, sports jostled with politics, industry and entertainment for a dekko at the loudest pomp and circumstance march in recent times. Was that the strain that tired the ever elegant Hema Malini and ruffled Shatrughan's gills? But no crush can faze the dude. Dharmendra had the air of one who's seen it all.

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Shaadi @ Deoli Gaon The original he-man is dwarfed among a random sampling of hunks, two of whom are conspicuously missing. Sis has eked out a fashion statement from a fracture. The bride does justice to those genes, and to RO water.


Actress Hema Malini and Dharmendra , Amitabh Bachchan , Ahana Deol with Vaibhav Arora at the wedding reception in Mumbai on Sunday.

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Actress Hema Malini and Dharmendra during their dauther Ahana Deol's marriage with Vaibhav Arora in Mumbai on Sunday. Esha Deol with husband Bharat Takhtani are also seen.

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Actors Hema Malini and Dharmendra at their younger daughter Ahana Deol and Vaibhav Vora's wedding ceremony in Mumbai.

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Jump In Step How else to react to the music release of a movie called Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, but to break into an untrammelled bout of Bollywoodised Bhangra? Led by the age-defying gaiety of Dharmendra, the line-up includes Sunny Deol, Shahrukh, Hrithik and the one at least partly original stylist of current times, Aamir Khan.

AFP (From Outlook 20 May 2013)

File photo of legendary actors from left Dilip Kumar with wife Saira Banu (left) and with friends Dharamendra , Shatrughan Sinha and Yash Chopra celebrating his 89th birthday on Dec 11, 2011.

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Dara Singh (19 November 1928 - 12 July 2012), R.I.P. In this June 2, 2005 file photo, wrestler and actor Dara Singh, right, poses with Dharmendra, left, and then Madhya Pradesh Gov. Balram Jhakar, at the inauguration of a new cinema in Mumbai.

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Old Dogs, Older Tricks Tired if the hero-vamp angle is, its crowd-pulling quality isn’t. Whether Dharmendra-Neeru Bajwa equals turnstile-jumpers at the 1st Punjabi International Film Academy Awards in T. is to be seen.

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Gravitas Is Attractive If Manmohan Singh looks a little unsteady on his feet during the Padma awards in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Throne Room, blame lies not with the two-tonne chandelier overhead. Once-heavenly bodies still possess an irresistible gravity.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh poses for a group photo with Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra Deol and other awardees at Padma Awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Pratibha Patil presents Padma Bhushan to Dharmendra Deol at Padma Awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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The First Khanate The master and the ones who came after. Not that either Dharmendra (right, palming the knife) or Shatrughan Sinha (a mite late on the draw) could ever arrest viewers as did Dilip Kumar. The aura still holds, at 89. Is it any wonder that our gaze has been so wrested from his multi-deck chocolate b-day cake?

Fotocorp (From Outlook, December 26, 2011)

Dharamendra celebrates his 76th birthday with fans in Mumbai on Thursday evening.

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Excess Baggage? If the Hema Malini-helmed Tell Me Oh Khuda is intended to be daughter Esha Deol’s (re-) launching pad, isn’t it then too ambitious to retrofit it as a vehicle for Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna?

AFP (From Outlook, October 24, 2011)

Actors Dharmendra and Kirron Kherr, judges of a TV show on talent, during a promotional event for the programme in New Delhi.

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Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar being felicitated by actor Dharmendra during "Shiv-Gaurav Puraskar" ceremony in Thane on April 24.

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Bollywood actor Dharmendra and actress Kulraj Randhawa during a promotional event for their upcoming film 'Yamla Pagla Deewana' in Indore.

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Dharmendra greets Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani on his birthday, in Mumbai.

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