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There is no denying the fact that yesteryears superstar, Dharmendra's love story with Dream Girl, Hema Malini proves that all is fair in love and war! And he was simply in love with the most gorgeous woman in India of that time. While Dharmendra often gets praised for his efforts of wooing and marrying his ladylove, Hema Malini, not many know about the pain his first wife, Prakash Kaur and family had gone through.
Veteran actor, Dharmendra, also known as Dharm Singh Deol, has enjoyed superstardom in his days, thanks to his impeccable acting skills and his angry young man look. It was in the '70s when the entire nation was in love with the Dream Girl, Hema Malini's exquisite beauty and Dharmendra also had fallen for her charm. However, not many know that Dharmendra was already married to Prakash Kaur and had four children. Scroll down as we introduce you to the first lady in Dharmendra’s life.
In Picture: Dharmendra with his first wife, Prakash Kaur, and children, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Vijeeta Deol and Ajeeta Deol.
Prakash Kaur is the first wife of Bollywood’s veteran actor, Dharmendra. The couple had tied the knot in the year 1957 when Dharmendra was just 19-years old. The actor had not even made his acting debut back then. Prakash Kaur is a housewife and a mother of four children, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Vijeeta Deol and Ajeeta Deol.
While we are all familiar with Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s glorious love story and how they had fallen in love. Not many know about Dharmendra’s first wife, Prakash Kaur. In 1954, Dharmendra had gotten married to Prakash Kaur when he didn't know much about marriage. However, there is not much spoken about her, heard about her and there were not many, who wanted to even know about Prakash Kaur and her side of the story. For over two decades the simple lady has been living her life away from the media glares and different stories surrounding her. Not once, she ever came into the media to share her side of the story or the pain she was going through when she had seen her husband, Dharmendra getting married to another woman. She led a simple life and beautifully raised her four children, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol (who made it big in the film industry), Vijeeta Deol, and Ajeeta Deol (who are settled in the USA).
Dharmendra was tagged as a womaniser when he had married Hema Malini in the year 1980, despite being a married man with four children. It is then that Prakash Kaur had come out in the open to defend her husband, Dharmendra. She had forgotten the trauma and pain she had been through and had shared her husband, Dharmendra’s side of the story.
In a rare and the only interview of Prakash Kaur from the year 1981 with the Stardust, the first wife of Dharmendra had opened up on her life and the pain she was going through. In the interview, the interviewee had narrated her experience of how hard it was to get in conversation with Dharmendra’s first wife, Prakash, who had confided herself in the four walls of her Juhu bungalow. Every time the interviewee had asked to see Prakash, her servants would give an excuse that she was either out of town or she was sleeping. But one fine day, the interviewee had gotten the chance to meet the wife, Prakash. She described her first impression of Dharmendra's first wife as a slim, medium height woman with dark circles under her eyes. No doubt, Prakash was an ordinary-looking lady. However, upon seeing the journalist, Prakash firmly had said:
"I don't talk to the press. My English is not good and I have nothing to say."
Dharmendra's first wife, Prakash had shared that she is a normal housewife and doesn’t know much about the filmy world. She had clearly stated:
"I am a housewife. I love my home and children. I don't care what anyone has to say about me or the way I live. Everyone has their own lifestyle. I have mine, you have yours, so why point fingers?"
Prakash, who was dealing with her own emotional turmoil wasn't able to control her feelings and had further opened up on her husband, Dharmendra and had said that she always needs him as he is the father of her kids. She had said:
"He (Dharam) is the first love and the last man in my life. He is the father of my children. I love and respect him a lot. What has happened has happened. I don't know whether I should blame him or my destiny for it. But one thing is certain, however far he may be from me, whatever might happen, but if I need him, I know that he'll be there. I have not lost my trust in him. After all, he is the father of my children."
Prakash had also revealed how Dharmendra had treated her and her children with love and has always tried to be the best daddy. There wasn't a single day when Dharmendra had taken a step back from his fatherly duties and for her, that's what mattered a lot. She had said:
"He may not be the best husband, though he is very good to me, but he is certainly the best father. His children love him a lot. He never neglects them. He is even launching Ajay's career. Everyone thought that I had made a deal with my husband that he could marry Hema if he launched my son's career. That is not true. How can such a thing be possible? Isn't Sunny as much his son as mine? Doesn't he love him as much as I love him."
In Picture: Dharmendra with his wife Prakash Kaur and Sadhana gathered to congratulate Asha Parekh at opening night of her ballet, Anarkali.
During those times there was a rumour that was making it to the headlines of every newspaper that her elder son, Ajay Deol (Sunny Deol) had tried to assault Hema with a knife. Replying to this, Prakash Kaur, first wife of Dharmendra, had completely denied the whole episode and had said:
"It is not true. Every child wants his papa to love only his mother. But then, that does not mean that they want to kill any other woman who loves their father. I may not be very educated nor am I pretty, but in the eyes of my children, I am the best woman on earth. Similarly, my children to me are the most beautiful bachche in the world. I know all my children very well since I have brought them up. And I can say this with full confidence that none of my children can ever hurt or harm anyone."
Prakash had also revealed that she is trying her best to stand on her own, but she knows that her husband, Dharmendra is always going to protect her and their children. She had said:
"I am learning to stand on my own. But why should I protect myself when I have my husband to protect me? I don't care what the world may say about the kind of relationship I share with my husband. Where I am concerned I know that my husband is protecting all of us. He comes home every day and spends time with the children. I don't say that he comes home for me. But what is important is that he does come home."
Prakash had also talked about Hema Malini and that she also understood her side as well. Despite the pain and hurt, she had felt, Prakash had the courage to take Hema Malini's side and to feel her pain. The star-wife had stated:
"I can understand what Hema is going through. Even she has to face the world, her relatives and her friends. But if I were in Hema's place, I wouldn't have done what she did. As a woman, I can understand her feelings but as a wife and a mother I do not approve of them."
Prakash had also defended her husband and had said that any man would have chosen Hema Malini over her. She had stated:
"Why only my husband, any man would have preferred Hema over me. How dare anyone can call my husband a womaniser when half the industry is doing the same thing? All the heroes are having affairs and getting married for the second time. My father-in-law too is against film stars. I know his son is also an actor but then babuji never wanted him to be one. If babuji could have his way he would see to it that the whole film industry is wiped off."
Earlier, in an interview with the Deccan Chronicle, Hema had talked about her decision of marrying Dharmendra. She had shared that she never wanted to hurt anyone because of her love, not even his first wife, and hence, she had never intruded in Dharmendra and Prakash's life. The Dream Girl had proudly stated that she never took Dharmendra away from his first wife and children. She was quoted as saying:
"The minute I saw Dharam ji, I knew he was the man for me. I wanted to spend my life with him. I also wanted to make sure that the marriage hurt nobody. His first wife and children have never felt my intrusion in their lives. I married him, but I never took him away from his first family."
Well, no matter what the world says and think about the love triangle in Dharmendra's life. But the star and his two wives, Prakash Deol and Hema Malini have been living their life with utmost pride and honesty. They have let bygones be bygones!