Dharmendra Deol, the oldest handsome hunk of Bollywood, still makes his female fans go weak in the knees seeing him. Dharmendra, a romantic person at heart, married two actresses in his young days. In fact, he accepted that he began romancing at the age of 19. We’ll discuss his two marriages later in the article. Before marrying them, he indulged in various alleged love affairs in Bollywood. Love affairs of Dharmendra, the dream boy of Bollywood, became quite famous in the 90s. Let’s look at the most famous love affairs of Dharmendra:
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Anita Raj
Anita Raj, the beautiful actress of the 90s made Dharmendra fall for him even after his two marriages. He fell for the actress on the sets of “Naukkar Biwi Ka”. The audience loved their on-screen chemistry and wished to see them together more often. Therefore, they worked in movies, like Slavery, Jaljala, Karishma Kudrat Ka, and Insaniyat Dushman. The growing relationship went off-screen as well. The two started hitting the headlines as a couple. The rumoured couple soon parted ways after Hema Malini came to know about this. According to the reports, Hema, along with her family came together to stop this.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Meena Kumari
The beauty queen of the Indian cinema, Late Meena Kumari is also rumoured to date, Dharmendra. Dharam used the actress as a stepping stone to move ahead in his career. The two met for the first time while shooting for “Purnima”. He subsequently went to work with her in films like Kaajal, Majhli Didi, Main Bhi Ladki Hoon, Chandan Ka Palna, Baharon Ki Manzil and Phool Aur Patthar. In the book “Dharmendra: A Biography, Not Just A He-Man” the author described Meena’s chapter as the ‘first unfortunate involvement that happened in Dharmendra’s life’. Maybe for his family’s sake, Dharmendra parted ways with her too.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Rakhee
The iconic couple from the superhit song “Pal Pal Dil Ke Pass” seems very soothing and melodious even today. The alleged couple began dating after working in a few movies together. They worked together in movies, like Jeevan Mrityu, Kshatriya, Blackmail, etc. Their dating rumours became viral in the news. But the rumours settled soon after Rakhee decided to marry the great poet Gulzar. The two now happily stay together for over half a century.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Asha Parekh
The veteran 80-year-old beautiful actress came close to marrying 2 times but chose to remain single for her life. She fell for a married man but was in no mood to be a homewrecker and therefore chose to live life the way she did. People assume this married man as Dharmendra Paaji. Their on-screen chemistry was commendable in movies, like Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, etc.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada, one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood lost her fame after life took a toll on her. The actress married a man with three kids but soon separated from him because of his first wife. In the meanwhile, she even lost the fame and name she earned in her whole career. In the midst of all this, she also had an alleged affair with Dharmendra. On being asked about doing romantic scenes with Dharmendra in movies, Jaya said that he would become very shy and embarrassed while doing so. Both worked in many films, such as Ganga Tere Desh Mein, Zulm O Situm, Insaaf Kaun Karega and more.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Rekha
Rekha, known as the most loved old school Bollywood actress chose to remain single even after falling in love various times in her old days. From Jeetendra Kumar to Akshay Kumar, she made everyone fall for her everlasting beauty. Dharmendra also somewhere resides in that list. Two of the most loved personalities often hit the news channels for running a secret affair. They worked in movies, like Kasam Suhaag Ki, Jaan Hatheli Pe, Kahani Kismat Ki and others. The actors never confirmed if their reel romance ever converted to real romance as well or not.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Sadhana
Dharmendra gave a screen test for Sadhana’s first hero in Bollywood for the movie “Love In Simla”. However, he was rejected for unknown reasons. But on-screen rejection soon got into a rumoured off-screen acceptance. Though the couple worked only in a single film together “Ishq Par Zor Nahin” throughout their career, the fans loved their performance very much. Remembering the late actress on her birthday, he replied to a comment, “@sadhanaxshivdasani_fp Sadhana, a lovely person, a versatile artist. I was called for a screen test to be her first hero in Love In Simla. But rejected!!! Unfortunately, I could do only one film with her. On her Birth anniversary……’ we will miss you, dear Sadhana’.”
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Mumtaj
One of the most hit pairs of the 60s and 70s, Dharmendra and Mumtaj recently got viral on social media when Mumtaj along with her sister reached Dharmendra’s house. Prakash Kaur warmly welcomed both of them. They chatted for hours, remembering their old days in Bollywood. Dharmendra and Mumtaj spent some quality time on screen in the movies, like Jheel Ke Us Paar, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Kajal, Loafer, Chandan Ka Palana and Mere Humdum Mere Dost. They will now be seen together in “Rocky and Rani’s Love Story”.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Zeenat Aman
The first couple to make an International movie in India, Dharmendra and Zeenat worked together for “Shalimar”. They made a few films together, such as Alibaba Aur 40 Chor, Katilon Ke Kaatil, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, etc. They became very close after featuring in these movies together. However, the dating rumours were never confirmed by either of them. Both of them will soon make a re-entry into Bollywood after a huge break. Zeenat plans to feature in “Margaon: The Closed File” very soon.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Mala Sinha
This beautiful couple appeared in movies such as Lalkar, Aankhen, Pooja Ke Phool and Anpadh. They became famous after working in these movies together. They revealed nothing much about this alleged relationship. But the fans were smart enough to connect the dots and make their conclusions. Two years back, Dharmendra uploaded a picture of hers with his son, Bobby Deol. He captioned it with wishing her and seeking her blessings for Bobby’s new web series. But after the initial few films of these two together, the actress married a Nepali man, due to which the rumours settled down.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Waheeda Rehman
The everlasting beauty of Waheeda Rehman failed to leave even a great actor like Dharmendra. He also got smitten by her beauty after watching the film “Chaudhvin Ka Chand”. On a reality show “Dance Deewane Season 3”, Waheeda said that though Dharmendra looks very shy but a flirty man deep in his heart. To which, Dharmendra replied that he received such allegations every day. He went on to say that after watching Waheeda in Chaudhvin Ka Chand, it caused a commotion. Everyone was smitten by her and so was Dharmendra. In a programme when Waheeda was asked about her crush, she replied “Dharmendra”. Dharmendra said, “I wonder what happened when I said I had a crush on her too?”. All these things clearly hint toward something. They worked together in Man Ki Aankhen, Ghar Ka Chiraag, Sunny and others.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Mandakini
Though the two worked together only in a single movie “Loha”, the public started making assumptions even after the movie. After Mandakini acted in “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”, she shook the whole industry by shooting a few erotic scenes. In one scene, she bathes under a waterfall clothed only in a white saree and in another one, she breastfeeds her child. People started seeing her as a sex symbol in the industry. But after her tremendous affair with dacoit Dawood Ibrahim, she married A Buddhist monk.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Lalita Pawar
Two of the most well-known celebrities came together for movies such as Watan Ke Rakhwale, Phool Aur Patthar, Man Ki Aankhen, etc. The two soon started appearing together even after the shoots. The public rumoured about them as a couple. Also, while celebrating 54 years of “Phool Aur Patthar”, he says ‘Removing my shirt did wonders for the film as well as for me’.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Jaya Bachchan
Two of the happiest married couples’ partners seem to develop a thing for each other at one point in time. When we talk about Jaya Bachchan and Dharmendra, we can’t forget the most iconic film they did together, “Sholay”. In fact, the film featured two real-life couples in reel life. Just like Jaya’s role in the movie “Guddi”, in real life also, she was mesmerised by the brooding personality of Dharmendra. On the reality show “Koffee With Karan”, she also revealed that she wanted to play the role of Basanti (played by Hema Malini) opposite Dharmendra in Sholay. She said this in front of Hema Malini and also confessed her love for Dharmendra. She even called him a Greek god. They worked together in projects like, Piya Ka Ghar, Guddi, Aahat – Ek Ajib Kahani, etc.
Dharmendra’s Love affairs: Laxmi Chhaya
Last but not the least, Dharmendra even caught the attention of this beauty, Laxmi Chhaya. Both of them worked together in many movies, for instance, Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty, etc. There was never enough information available about them in the public.
DHARMENDRA AND HEMA MALINI: Happily Married Ever After
The couple met on the sets of “Tum Haseen Main Jawan” in 1970 when Dharmendra lost his heart to Hema, though he was already married to Prakash Kaur with two sons. Initially, Hema and her parents were sceptical of his first marriage because Kaur disagreed to divorce Dharmendra but Hema accepted his proposal while working on their film “Sholay”. Dharmendra, was so deeply in love with her that he even converted to Islam because having two wives is allowed in that religion. They got the title of ‘Mr and Mrs’ on the 8th of December, 1980 and gave birth to Esha and Ahana in 1981 and 1985 respectively. The couple taught us that love makes you do crazy things for being together.