- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 December 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9353332982
- ISBN-13: 978-9353332983
- Package Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.8 x 2.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dharmendra: A Biography: Not Just a He-Man Hardcover – 20 Dec 2018
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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.
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The second part of the book where the author talks about "the man" is also very very insipid and stale. Nothing has been written that has not been said about Dharam-ji before. Nothing new nothing fresh comes out of this book. PLus there are some errors and some serious gaffes. At one part of the book, the author compares Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka to Lamhe, in terms of its storyline. It leaves us confused whether that was a serious statement or meant to be laughed at. Similarly in the section of unfinished films, the author states that Mahaguru might have been directed either by Brij or by Shakti Samanta. Even the most basic fans of Dharmendra would know that Mahaguru was the only instance of Dharmendra and Samanta coming together, a film which did not materialise. There are enough print evidence to corroborate the same. Similarly the author claims that the Manmohan Desai film GHazab had Dharmendra in it. Far from the truth. There innumerable magazine clippings of the mahurat of Ghazab with interviews by Desai and nowhere is Dharam mentioned or seen. Another gaffe comes in the form of the incomplete Nabendu Ghosh film Dagdar Babu. The author claims that it is alleged that the film was completed and released in some parts of India. We, as readers would love to see the source from where the author gets such information.
For a Dharmendra fan it is disappointing that the Dharmendra the actor (and also the actor that he could have been) has not been discussed in depth or at length. His associations with Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Arjun Hingorani have been mentioned in terms of the films they did together but not discussed analysed or dealt with in-depth.
Even his relationship with his first family and that of Hema Malini has a shallow feel about it. IN fact both of Hema Malini's books are much more in-depth when it comes to talking about her relationship with Dharmendra and his first family.
All in all, this could have been a great book but it ends up being a disappointing read.
Truth be told, Dharmendra did allow himself to be typecast in such roles but according to Vijaykar's book, the handsome actor from Punjab was, in fact, extremely versatile for more than a decade after he started. His most important patrons were Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Bimal Roy -- directors who were known for their script-heavy, character-based family movies. Under their umbrella, Dharmendra donned some of the greatest roles the Hindi film industry has seen -- from prison doctor Devendra from Bandini to the righteous Shaaka from Phool aur Patthar, from the upright Satyapriya from Satyakam to the hilarious and adorable Pyare Mohan from Chupke Chupke. Vijaykar traces the eventful life of Dharam Singh Deol, his humble demeanour, and hard work that took him to the zenith of stardom and established him as an unforgettable superstar who gave us movies like Ghayal, Sholay, Guddi, etc.
Apart from Dharmendra's filmography and interesting personal life, Vijaykar gives the readers an insight into the Padma Bhushan awardee's career as a politician and his occasional stints with poetry. Dharmendra's biography is not an expose, but a portrait of a versatile artist, a hero, a wonderfully-kind man, and a loving father.
Do you love Bollywood movies? Do you know great actors from old Bollywood.? You must have heard about Dharmendra. A great actor of Bollywood movie.
Usually I don't like to read biography. This is probably 3rd biography from my shelf after Miss. Obama. The reason I picked up this book, I wanted to know the struggle of old Bollywood. This book have all that I searched for. From starting of career to success and what's all after that.
Starting of the book specific talk about Dharmendra. A indeed great information about actor. From this book actually I came to know that his original name is "dharamindar" (as I'm not great fan of old book, only reason I picked this).
Book also talk about his success after 5, 6 years of struggle. The way he approached to flims, his behaviors everything is greatly described.
The narration is so smooth and lucid. At the middle some photographs helps us. The good going book with hooked up.
I believe it's hard to describe someone life in words. But, author did great job.
So, summing up the book, this might not be the best source to know the Man himself but it surely gives us an inside look at his movies. Supported by multiple images, the book aims to share tales of interaction and behind the scenes, on the set of superhits he was a part of.
Coming from the land of Punjab, his dream can be an inspiration for many wannabe actors. And with the good, well-paced narration, the book makes sure to make it an enjoyable one. Yes, getting to know more about his past and personal life would have been a healthy touch to the book making it relatable, at multiple levels.
Still, one can’t deny the exclusive inside looks of what goes behind the scenes of the movie industry. You get to see his personal relations, stories and fun times spent while filming. With actors in his family, the discussions and news revolving in and out of the household is something that fans have always wanted to know, so this book covers bits of that too.