31 October, 2020

Two's A Crowd

His marriages give the actor's campaign a rude jolt

T. Narayan
Two's A Crowd

When filmstar Dharmendra married Hema Malini on August 21, 1979, in Mumbai according to Islamic law, he was not to divine that more than two decades later he'd be contesting Lok Sabha elections from Bikaner in Rajasthan as the BJP candidate. Now, he may well rue the decision as documents show that Dharmendra changed his name and religion to marry Hema Malini, currently BJP Rajya Sabha MP, but failed to mention it in the affidavit submitted on oath to the returning officer. Hema too changed her name, as per Islamic law.

Outlook obtained a copy of the nikahnama or marriage certificate that shows one Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishna accepting Ayesha Bi or Hema Malini as his legally wedded wife. But in the affidavit submitted to the returning officer of Bikaner, the actor has put in his full name as Deol Dharmendra Kewal Krishna. This when the nikahnama confirms the actor's assumed name and address. Both the nikahnama and the affidavit before the returning officer state his address as Plot number 22, Road Number 11 J.V.P.D. Scheme, Juhu, Mumbai—400049. The...



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