India, Dec. 8 -- Few actors in Bollywood can combine what veteran actor Dharmendra manages to do - blend muscle with childlike innocence and a romantic personality. And that is exactly what makes Dharmendra a crowd-puller even at this age. As the actor turns 84 on Sunday, here's a short trip down his eventful life and how he connects with the world through social media.

The actor was born in Punjab's Ludhaina district into a Jat Sikh family in 1935. Son of a school headmaster, Dharmendra was taken by the moving images from an early age. Hard as it may sound, Dharmendra got into Bollywood not through any connections or luck, but was selected as part of a Filmfare talent hunt contest.

Through much of the '60s and '70s, Dharmendra was amon...