Dharmendra: A Biography: Not Just a He-Man

Thank you Rajiv M. Vijayakar for the review copy.

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.

Author description
Rajiv M. Vijayakar has been an entertainment journalist for over twenty-six years and has twice been National Film Awards Jury member. He is also a consultant at India’s first music-based museum at Bangalore. An authority on Indian films, he is the author of The History of Indian Film Music.


  1. Firstly it is a hardcover book so it stole my heart just like the actor.
  2. I have always adored Dharmendra and reading his biography was a great experience.
  3. Initially the book speaks about his films in a chronological manner eventually talking about his life.
  4. The Narration could have been way better and interesting as the book is written by a person with immense experience. Therefore the expectations from the book increases too.
  5. Personally I think a lot more should have been spoken about his personal life because the book concentrates on his career so much and the latter is something that a reader doesn’t actually look for in a biography.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐/🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Book link

Dharmendra: A Biography: Not Just a He-Man https://www.amazon.in/dp/9353332982/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_UDEICb1XGZRXM


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