Happy Birthday Dharmendra: Big B's nostalgia, the inseparable Jai-Veeru and lesser known facts

December 8, 2016 7:35:14 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Bollywood's evergreen He Man – the seamless macho quotient Dharmendra turned 81 today. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan got nostalgic and wished his best pal and on screen Veeru a very happy birthday. Here we help you recollect the inseparable bond between Jai and Veeru and some lesser known facts between Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan.


Posting the wishes on his social media handle by sharing nostalgic moments from the evergreen cult SHOLAY, megastar Mr. Bachchan (Jai from the immortal on screen friends Jai Veeru) said, “Birthday greetings to dearest Dharam ji .. love and affection !!”.

Dharmendra – voted as one of the most handsome men in the world during the 70s that went on to rule as the action king during his regime, has a unique contribution towards the shaping of Mr. Bachchan as the phenomenon we all know as The Angry Young Man.

A peep down memory lane reveals an interesting fact that may be unknown to readers of this generation.

Amitabh Bachchan's famous iconic action scene from DEEWAR – the one in which Amitabh Bachchan locks the door of the warehouse and challenges the baddies ( famous for the dialogue : peter tum log mujhe waha dhoondh rahe ho or men tumhara yaha intezar kar raha hu), is in a way similar to a scene from Dharmendra's KAHANI KISMAT KI in which Dharmendra locks the door and challenges the baddie played by Shetty (director Rohit Shetty's father).

In another interesting similarity - Dharmendra starrer MERA GAON MERA DESH and the iconic SHOLAY share the same source of inspiration – Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI.

Movies that starred Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan served as a good source for Mr. Bachchan to showcase his humorous side – the poker faced one-liners from SHOLAY and the hilarious professor Tripathi in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's CHUPKE CHUPKE introduced layers that the megastar had in comedy that got rightly exploited by Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.

Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan worked in three films together - SHOLAY, CHUPKE CHUPKE and RAM BALRAM but the impact of their on screen friendship is everlasting. Though Jai Veeru remains immortal, Dr Parimal Tripathi (Amitabh Bachchan) and Pyare Mohan (Dharmendra) are memorable in their own capacity.

Interestingly, ending this on a unique note of friendship, Mr. Bachchan appeared for a scene in Dharmendra starrer DOST as Anand. The appearance was not credited on screen but in reality the ‘dosti' (friendship/bonding) still remains. ‘YEH DOSTI HUM NAHI CHODENGE'. Literally.

Wishing Veeru from the Jai Veeru gang a very happy birthday.


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