Be it, "Basanti in kutto ke samne mat nachna" or the famous 'gaon walo' scene where a drunk Viru climbs a water tank and create a riot of laughter saying, "When I dead, police coming ... police coming, budiya going jail ... in jail budiya chakki peesing, and peesing, and peesing, and peesing, and peesing" or the delivered-to-perfection dialogue- "Kutte, kameene, main tera khoon pee jaoonga", Dharmendra has given us evergreen moments to cherish.
As the 'garam dharam' celebrates his 79th birthday today, we bring before you some of the memorable performances of the yesteryear's superstar.
A 1975 Bollywood classic figuring in the list of Bollywood's must-watch film, Sholay is one of the most memorable performance of Dharam pajji. Playing Viru, a criminal hired by a retired police officer to kill dacoit Gabbar Singh, Dharmendra wins heart of his audiences with his chemistry not only with Basanti (played by Hema Malini), his love interest but also with Jai (played by Amitabh Bachchan), his best friend. Sholay proved to be a game-changer for Dharmendra's career. Not only this, it was during the shooting of Sholay that love blossomed between Hema Malini and Dharmendra.
Dharmendra's delivered the finest acting performance of his career in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1969 classic, Satyakam, based on a Bengali novel of the same name. Dharmendra played the role of Satyapriya Acharya, who moves from one job to another as he is unable to make dishonest compromises. In fact, Hrishikesh Mukherjee has gone on record to call this Dharmendra- Sharmila Tagore-Sanjeev Kumar and Ashok Kumar starrer as his favourite movie.
Yadoon ki Baraat
The 1973 box office-hit is fondly remembered for its soundtrack composed by music director RD Burman. The film revolved around the popular Bollywood theme of siblings' separation following a tragedy. Enacting the role of Shankar, the eldest of the three brothers, Dharmendra later avenges the death of his parents. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for this Bollywood flick.