Happy Birthday, Paaji! Dharmendra is Like Your Grandpa on Instagram – Adorable

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Happy Birthday, Paaji! Dharmendra is Like Your Grandpa on Instagram – Adorable

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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harmendra Deol, who turns 83 today, is one of Bollywood’s most beloved grand old men. In a career spanning six decades and over 250 films, his legacy remains unparalleled. He spent his early days in the industry, essaying idealist roles in Hrishikesh Mukherjee films, becoming the vehicle for Bengali literary realism in Hindi cinema. By the time the ’60s and ’70s rolled out, dashing Dharmendra evolved into a versatile performer, equally adept at displaying action hero bravado (Sholay) and comic-timing genius (Chupke Chupke). He is Bollywood’s first heartthrob and admittedly, my mom’s first crush. Even today, he continues to tug at our hearts – surprisingly via his Instagram feed.

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