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'Garam Dharam' might turn Bikaner 'saffron'

Dharmendra, who had given up the grease paint, has entered politics on a BJP ticket and is tipped to cause an upset in this Jat-dominated constituency to enter the Lok Sabha.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bikaner
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2004 02:26 PM IST

Wonder if the `He Man' knows about it! But owner of `Amitabh Bachchan Tea Stall' near Kirti Stambh in Bikaner, Kamal Kishore, is praying for Dharmendra's victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

His wishes may be fulfilled despite the actor-turned politician being caught in the thick of a controversy over his marital status and religion.

Life also offers strange role reversals.

It was the 'angry young man' who had entered Parliament two decades back trouncing late veteran Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna but left the political arena to play his second innings as an actor.

However, Dharmendra, who had given up the grease paint, has entered politics on a BJP ticket and is tipped to cause an upset in this Jat-dominated constituency to enter the Lok Sabha.

But 'Sholay', the film in which he starred with Amitabh Bachchan, doesn't seem to be leaving him. He offers a barrage of emotion-packed dialogues at the slightest opportunity to leave his awe-struck audience in rapturous applause.

The `dharti-ka-puttar' (son of the soil) provides total filmi entertainment at his meetings where people from far-flung areas throng to get a glimpse of the 70-year-old actor.

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