Dharmendra, who turned 82 on Friday, has no plans to slow down. The Yamla Pagla Deewana actor says he doesn’t want to be a lazy person and wants to continue working. Actor’s wife Hema Malini took to Twitter to wish her husband on this occasion. She shared a series of throwback pictures of herself and her husband. Daughter Esha Deol also posted a throwback picture of her superstar dad with emotional caption.
While speaking to IANS, Dharmendra said, “"My passion and love is to work. I love work. Without work, I will be a lazy person. I don't want to be lazy. I want to stay active."
Dharmendra was in the capital to shoot international film "Dream Catcher" earlier this year.
And then there is this one - quite one of my favourites pic.twitter.com/lgKh77NOPu— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) December 8, 2017
Dharmendra, who traces his roots to Punjab, entered showbiz in 1960 with "Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere" going on to create an image of Bollywood's He-Man, after Dara Singh.
The veteran, who will soon complete 60 years in the industry, has entertained audiences with movies of all genres -- from the intense "Bandini" and "Satyakam" to potboilers like "Raja Jani" and "Pratigya", and as a comic artist with perfect timing in "Sholay" and "Chupke Chupke".
He proved his skills as an actor with "Anupama" and "Yakeen". In recent times, he was seen in "Life In A... Metro", "Apne" and "Yamla, Pagla, Deewana". Dharmendra, married to Bollywood's "Dream Girl" Hema Malini, is known for his simplicity, humility and for staying connected to his roots.
He says he doesn't like comparison between actors.
And more... pic.twitter.com/JxyExImOm3— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) December 8, 2017
"I don't compare. I don't want to say anything about anyone. We talk about ourselves. We don't compare ourselves with others. Why should we?
"The love that we get from people is enough for us."
Dharmendra's sons Sunny and Bobby look up to him.
On Dharamji’s birthday, I pray for his happiness & good health. God bless him always🙏— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) December 8, 2017
Nostalgia time! One of our early fotos together😘 pic.twitter.com/1nr4cku9GS
"My dad is my inspiration. My dad has worked from the age of maybe ten or 12. He has come from a small village. He worked in a factory and he used to tell people with whom he used to work that he wants to become an actor.
"His dream was always to be an actor. He ran away from home and he has worked all through his life. And someone like that, at the age of 82, still wants to work is an inspiration in itself."
My father a hero to the nation , but a man so simple and humble.... As u turn a year younger today all I can say is “ no one can or ever will match up to you! U truly have a heart of gold and a fist that no one would dare to hold “ stay healthy stay happy and stay by my side forever and ever.... I love u my papa ! ❤️ Happy birthday! @aapkadharam
Bobby, who made his debut with "Barsaat" in 1995, added: "I can never reach the level my father did."
Currently, Dharmendra is busy with "Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se".
(With IANS Inputs)