Hema Malini continues to stand unbeaten as the Dream Girl of Bollywood.
Basics on Hema Malini
Hema Malini R Chakravarty was born on 16th October 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu, India. She is also known as the Dream Girl. Her parents are V.S.R.Chakravarty and Jaya. She studied in Chennai.
She married actor Dharamendra in 1980. The actor was married with four children, including well known actors Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol. As he could not get a divorce from his wife, the couple converted to Islam and got married. Her name on conversion to Islam is Aisha. They have two daughters, Esha and Ahana. Esha Deol is also a Bollywood actress.
Hema Malini, who is a well known classical dancer, trained her daughters in dance and has performed with them.
Currently, she continues to act in movies and has worked as a Chairperson for the National film Development Corporation. She is also part of politics and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. She has been honoured with the Padma Shri.
Hema Malini was first seen on the big screen in a Telugu movie Pandava Vanavasam (1961) as a Bharatnatyam dancer. Though her initial attempts at getting roles failed, she got her break with Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968) with Raj Kapoor. Her movies with Dev Anand like Johnny Mera Naam (1970) and Tere Mere Sapne (1971) helped add to her star appeal.
Her dual role in Seeta Aur Geeta won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. The movie starred Sanjeev Kumar and Dharamendra both of whom proposed to her. Her role in Sholay (1975) as the horse cart driving Basanti won a lot of praise.
She began the 80s with Do Aur Do Paanch with Shashi Kapoor. In Satte Pe Satta (1982), she played a nurse who marries Amitabh Bachchan’s character and brings order in the life of seven brothers. In Vijay (1988), her fans saw her as a wealthy woman who marries a man against her father’s wish.
She began to be seen more frequently on the screen after Hey Ram (2000). In Baghban (2003), she and Amitabh Bachchan played an elderly couple who are ill treated by their children. She was seen in a brief appearance in the hit Veer Zaara (2004) as Shah Rukh Khan’s mother. Baabul (2006) again saw her playing Amitabh Bachchan’s wife.
In 1999, the actress was acknowledged for her work with a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.