Dharmendra: A Biography: Not Just a He-Man by Rajiv M. Vijayakar | Book Review


A teacher’s son from the hinterlands of Punjab who dreamt of doing what Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor did on screen and expecting to own ‘a flat and a Fiat’ consequently, has emerged as one of the most loved icons of Hindi cinema.

This ever-humble Jat attributes his hard-earned superstardom and global following to parental blessings, the Power Above and the love of the people. It’s been over fifty-five years of blockbusters like Phool Aur Patthar, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Sholay, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Pratiggya, Chupke Chupke and Dharam-Veer, with fabulous performances in many of these and notable productions including Satyakam, Betaab and Ghayal.

What’s more, this Padma Bhushan awardee has also dabbled sincerely albeit fruitlessly in politics and writes poetry that comes straight from his heart. There may be a million stars, but there can be only one Dharmendra.


Rajiv M. Vijayakar


Rupa Publications

Release date:

December 20th 2018

No. of Pages:

Hardcover, 288 Pages

The book is a biography of Bollywood actor Dharmendra. The cover of the book is eye catching with the picture of actor in the middle and some of his famous dialogues written around it.

The book talks about the life of the star- how he rose from being a nobody to one of the best actors of his era. The book takes us through the actor’s personal and professional life. It has been divided into three parts and twenty one chapters talk about various aspects of his life. The book not only talks about his projects which worked, but about his failures too.

I think it's a must read for all his fans and the ones who love reading biographies.


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