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Dharmendra and Hema Malini married in 1980, but he was already married to Prakash Kaur, with whom he had four children: Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Ajeeta Deol, and Vijayta Deol. As a result, Hema and Dharmendra’s marriage was a low-key affair. According to Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s memoir Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl, this was a traditional Tamil wedding performed at her brother’s home.
Hema noted in the book that her father-in-law, Dharmendra’s father Kewal Kishan Singh Deol, was very fond of her and her family and would frequently pay visits to her father and brother. “He would drop by and meet my father or brother for chai (tea),” she recounted. He would arm-wrestle them instead of shaking hands, and after defeating them, he would jokingly add, ‘Tum log ghee-makkhan-lassi khao, idli aur sambhar se taqat nahi aati’ (You guys should eat ghee, butter, and lassi. Idli and sambhar will not provide you with energy).”
Hema Malini recalled
She further recalled, “My father would join in the laughter. He (Dharmendra’s father) was a very jovial person.”
Hema has previously stated that her father, VS Ramanujam Chakravarthy, was opposed to her and Dharmendra’s relationship. Her father and the two actors were scheduled to travel in the same car to the location for the film Charas in Malta. Her father would always sit in the centre of Dharmendra and Hema. Hema revealed on Rajat Sharma’s Aap Ki Adalat that her father was opposed to the relationship because Dharmendra was already married.
Kewal Kishan Singh Deol was a schoolteacher in Punjab before moving to Mumbai to live with his son, who had become a movie star by that time. Kewal was not initially supportive of Dharmendra’s decision to enter the film industry, but he was overjoyed when his son achieved success.
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