Headmaster’s son Skipped class Entered theater Life to Alter Matinee show Shaheed Worshipped Dilip Kumar Like many before Dreamt about Movies Like a few followed up Won Filmfare talent Contest Frontier Mail to Bombay Promised film stalled after start Struggled even for a bit part Anonymous in stature Mononymous in Name Debut in 1960 Finally part of filmdom Small role Mentor Arjun Hingorani For a princely sum of fifty and a cup of tea Still a novice Women centric movies Romantic lead in the Sixties Meena Mala and Nutan Supporting role with passion Step by step rise Salary raise Accepted every role Occupied was his goal Villain to Jubilee Star Filmfare Nomination Sunil Dutt first choice Destiny's voice Phool Aur Patthar Set on fire Box office Register Superstardom attained Humility retained First Action Star Christened He Man Shirt removed on Screen Greek God looks Women Swooned Top ten lists Most beautiful men Ranked seven Romance and Melodrama Bollywood formula Action film as chosen path Rode the Lone road Superstardom under grasp Looks Delivery and Fights Made fans of Men &Women alike Blockbusters galore India's Superhero Hit after hit Audience explode Cinemas full Entry to Dress Circle Needed a Miracle Action and Drama Tragedy and Comedy Range of talent and skill For one ticket fans would **** All performed with ease Endearing fans with range Complete Superstar India’s Gain Rajesh Khanna with Aradhana Took the Nation by Storm Adulation never seen Sensation by definition Costume Mannerism Copied by every Indian Every Star took a fall Rajesh the magician Stars faded into oblivion Mass hysteria Across India First Superstar Next 5 years none on par Giants’ wayside Stood his ground Equal number hits Second to none Dedicated Fans Built over a decade Common man Still wanted the He Man Action and Adventure Helped endure Glorious career Storm passed Many faded He never dated He was fated Test of time Passed with Jubilees No obstacle for water Flows through all Fridays proved He’d never fall. August 15 1975 Saw the release of Sholay The greatest Indian film ever made Said the Great Master Satyajit Ray Top billed in the cast One film showcased talent all Action, Comedy, Drama Cannot tell the Character and Actor apart True quality of a genuine movie star Many giants in the cast He did help some get the part Ensemble film Even though the biggest star Did not want to stand apart Final product always in his heart. 70 mm Surround Sound Entire country Theater bound Never seen action sequence Racing high the crowds pulse Music Score by Burman Records sold by the Million Every dialogue known by heart Salim Javed knew their craft Ramesh Sippy knew to bring them all Extremely well acted by the cast Never will be another Sholay Present future or past Not to be seen but experienced Its not a film but a phenomenon Greatest Story ever told Greatest cast ever assembled Was the Tag Line Global Indian Population Viewership the film got Not surpassed till now Never will be Every city town or village Across the entire Country Full house boards were not a mystery Number of years it had its run Till today box-office records undone Yeh Dosti with Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar Greatest film Song picturised Sizzling chemistry and male bonding Friendship the central theme Bullet with side car Everyman’s. dream Zanjeer with Amitabh Bachchan Birth of the Angry young man Indian Cinema never the same Reached Pinnacle Rode like a Colossus One Man Industry Steamrolled into one Every Aspirant pushed Donning Supporting Role Every Reputed Writer, Banner and Director behind Thirteen years None had a career Superstars became former Stars to Supporting actors Newcomers extinct Old timers jaded Galvanized Nation Every release Celebrations for fans Faded festivals Another Superstar Bigger and Better More popular than god Elevated to one Neither shaken or stirred Matched Bachchan With box-office Gangbusters Hits became a habit Fans and public Yearning for more Whatever the competition Stood his ground Megastar or Superstar No dent to this Farmer Paired with Hema Malini Record Successive strikes Result was Box office gold Many a Phoenix Flashed and Vanished Shorter reign at the top Never could topple him From the moviegoers heart Superstars became Supernovas Younger generations Had come to stay Still stood in the fray Never one to give way Always had the final say Held cash registers still in sway Replaced Relegated Never to be Another name for longevity Turn of the century Completed 4 decades in the industry 60s 70s 80s 90s Times changed Many faded Some retired Contemporaries eased into character roles Later lot fared similar Star Sons made their mark His sons did their part Dawned the new century Multiplex and wide releases He never ceased to be a draw. Man with a very big heart Gave breaks to many a director and star Never bitter Never insecure Thanks people for making him a Superstar Gratitude and love His trump card Became the Symbol of friendship His Chemistry with Amitabh Deep from the heart Reciprocal in nature Their oneness Greatest gift of God For the entire Country Will be celebrated For generations to come Amitabh and his name Always mentioned together For every moviegoer Till kingdom come Till the universe remains Etched in the hearts Is his name forever Can never be erased That's true loves power Men want to be him Women want to be with him Oldest cliché used for a star Suits none better than this man from Punjab 60 years completed From Meena to Mallika acted. Done films with his son Now with Grandson There’s no one on par Who's lasted so far What can you say About an Actor and Star Captured a billion hearts Transcended generations In this delicate world of films Who cannot be confined to any era This timeless living legend Is called Dharmendra.
While giving away the Cecil B Demille Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro famously said that Mr. Demille will be equally honored if he were to receive the Martin Scorsese award Likewise Mr. Phalke would be equally delighted to receive the Dharmendra Award