Dharam paaji turns 82 today, and his wife and Bollywood star-turned-politican Hema Malini took to Twitter to extend her warmest wishes to her husband. However, in the light of Shashi Kapoor’s death, the veteran actor has decided not to celebrate his birthday this year.
Sharing a few throwback pictures with the actor, Hema wrote on Twitter, “On Dharamji’s birthday, I pray for his happiness & good health. God bless him always. Nostalgia time! One of our early fotos together.”
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Aware of the fact that her relationship with Dharmendra has always been of immense interest, the veteran actress opened up about the same in her recently released biography, Beyond The Dream Girl. “The truth was that I didn’t know what I wanted. I knew that I was attracted to him (Dharmendra) but the relationship had no future. In the beginning, we were just good friends. I enjoyed his company. We were paired opposite each other in so many films … there came a time when we were shooting together not just for days or weeks but for months. Soon, it became a habit to be with each other all the time… ‘As time passed, it became more and more impossible to describe what I felt for him, or better still define the relationship. To be honest, I never thought of marrying him. My only argument is that I didn’t fall in love consciously. It’s funny, but I always used to think that whenever I marry, it would be with someone like him. I never thought of it being him, though. It’s destiny and my fortune.”
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also took to Twitter to wish Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore, who shares her birthday with the Sholay star. “Wishing both Sharmila di (Sharmila Tagore) and Dharmendra ji a very happy birthday,” she wrote.
We wish one of India’s earliest action years many more years of happiness!