Mumbai, Dec 8:
Celebrities from the film and sports fraternity on Tuesday wished legendary actor Dharmendra and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore health and happiness on their birthday.
Dharmendra, known as the ‘He-Man’ of Bollywood turned 80, while graceful Sharmila turned 71.
Together, the duo has vowed the audience in films like “Anupama”, “Devar”, “Satyakam”, “Yakeen”, “Mere Humdam Mere Dost” and “Chupke Chupke”.
Dharmendra’s son and actor Sunny Deol, who is returning with the sequel of “Ghayal”, called him his “hero”.
“My hero… My superstar… Wishing you happy birthday,” Sunny posted on Twitter along with a photograph with his father and brother Bobby Deol.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who reunited with Dharmendra on the final episode of TV show “Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi”, where the duo recreated a scene from their 1975 classic film “Sholay”, posted a collage of their photographs.
“Happy birthday to Dharam ji,” Amitabh captioned the image.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor posted an image of Sharmila and Dharmendra from one of their films and wrote: “Birthday wishes to both of them!”
Meanwhile, veteran actress Shabana Azmi retweeted a collage of Dharmendra; and Prosenjit Chatterjee posted: “Happy birthday Sharmila aunty… Many happy returns of the day. Happy birthday to the legend Dharmendra uncle… Many happy returns of the day.”
Writer-director Sanjay Gupta called Dharmendra “the toughest guy with the gentlest soul”.
The birthday wishes came not only from filmdom but also sports fraternity. Cricketer Harbhajan Singh wished the actor on his birthday. “Happy birthday to the most dashing hero ever #humble#legend#respect#Punjabi # jeo hazaro sal… Rab rakha,” he posted.
Dharmendra is best known for his roles in films like “Bandini”, “Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya”, “Phool Aur Paththar”, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh”, “Satyakam”, “Dharam Veer” and “Sholay”. In 2012, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honour.
Sharmila, who was honoured with Padma Bhushan a year later, has starred in films like “Mausam”, “Abar Aranye”, “Aradhana”, “An Evening in Paris” and “Amar Prem”. (IANS)