Why I like Dharmendra Dharmendra ruled Hindi Cinema for three decades as a macho, comedian, romantic, character of substance, and a successful family man. Ok, straight to the business.
At no. 5 – Chupke Chupke – released in 1975 About Movie This movie was directed by the great Hrishikesh Mukherjee based on the story written by Upendranath Ganguly, music by Sachin Deb Barman. The main cast was Dharmendra as Dr. Parimal Tripathi / Pyare Mohan, Sharmila Tagore as Sulekha Chaturvedi, Amitabh Bachan as Prof. Sukumar Sinha / Dr. Parimal Tripathi, Jaya Bhaduri as Vasudha Kumar, Om Prakash as Rghavendra Sharma / Raghav and David as Haripath Chaturvedi. Why I liked it This was the first movie in which Dharmendra emerged out as a strong Comedian Character. His acting makes you laugh so many times in the movie and you start liking this character Pyare. This was a light comedy family drama full of laughters. It created a confusion who is married to whom? Another striking point was its songs – “Ab ke sajan sawan mein…”, “Chupke Chupke Chal re purvaiya”. Rating : 9.1/10
No. 4 - Sholay – relased in 1975 About movie Directed by Ramesh Sippy, written by Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan, this movie broke all records all over India. Dharmendra (Veeru) and Jai (Amitabh Bachan) are small time crooks and are released from prison by a retired Jailer Thakur Baldev Singh to fight against Gabbar Singh (Amzad Khan). Why I liked this movie This was second movie in a row after Professor Pyarelal in which Dharmendra established once again himself as a Superb Comedy Actor. This movie had everything, dialogues, songs, multistarred and Dharmendra as a Comedy Actor with a blend of a Macho. For many years and still (in songs, ads etc.). Who does not know Dhanno, Basanti, Gabbar Singh, Jay, Veeru, Soorma Bhopali (Asrani) and Thakur. Dialogues like “Chal Dhanno, aaj teri basanti ki izzat ka sawaal hai”, “Tera kya hoga kalia” , “Sardar maine aapka namak khaya hai, to ab goli kha”, “Are O Sambha, Kitne aadmi the”, “Mausi main khudkushi kar raha hoon…..”, “Basanti in Kutton ke saamne mat nachna” and so on. This movie will never vanish off from Indian Cinema for years to come. Rating: 10/10
No. 3 – Devar – released in 1966 About Movie Directed by Mohan Segal, the story goes like this – Deven Verma and Dharmendra are very close friends. Both are eligible bachelors and are looking for partners. Deven wants a modern girl and Dharmendra wants a homely simple girl. Both found their partners but before Dharmendra comes to know about who has been selected for her, Deven changes the photographs since he gets attracted towards Sharmila Tagore. Why I liked this movie This was a very powerful story based on morality. This movie had a very strong story and perfect blend of acting by the four main characters – Dharmendra, Deven Verma, Shashikala and Sharmila Tagore. This perfection of story, direction, songs, dialogues and the climax made it a superb movie. Songs – “Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad vo zalim, guzra zaman bachpan ka…” and “Baharon ne mera chaman loot kar, khizan ko ye ilzaam kyun de diya, kisi ne chalo dushmani ki magar, ise dosti naam kyun de diya….” are still very popular oldies. Rating: 10/10
No. 2 – Phool Aur Patthar – released in 1966 About the Movie Screen Play and Directed by O P Ralhan, Shanti Devi (Meena Kumari) encounters a bad character (Shaka) and ultimately gets success in bringing out the human out of him.Why I liked this Movie This was the movie that turned Dharmendra into a star. Shaka (dharmendra) made a superb combination of muscles and emotions to generate a character Shaka who is a negative character of the society but with a human touch. For the first time in his career he removed his shirt in this movie and got acclaimed for his muscles and body. Rating: 9.9/10
No. 1 – Satyakam – released in 1969 About Movie Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, dialogues written by Rajinder Singh Bedi, this movie was about the substance in man. Ashok Kumar (Satyasharan Acharya) is the father of Styapriya Acahrya (Dharmendra). Sharmeela Tagore (Ranjana), Sanjeev Kumar (Naren) and David (Rutomjee) are the other main characters. Why I Liked this Movie This movie has many turns and a non stop argument between Sanjeev Kuamar and Dharmendra, Both pass out from Engineering College to make their future. Naren is a honest but practical person who makes little compromises in life but Satya is totally against that but still they are very good friends. According to me Dharmendra has played his career best role in this movie as an individual who is very idealistic and puts truth above all – be his family, career, relations or himself. Satya has to fight against almost every situation. Rating: 10/10