Hema Malini turns 71. Here’s the Dream Girl’s life in pictures
This generation may probably remember Hema Malini only as a dancer and a BJP politician. But the actress was once the highest-paid female superstars on Bollywood and the country’s OG Dream Girl. Hema Malini turns 71, today!
Born in 1948 to a Tamil-speaking Iyengar family, Hema did her early education in Chennai. Her father was later posted in Delhi, where she attended school at the Delhi Tamil Education Association Serior School (DTEA) on Mandir Marg. After Class 11, she quit to start her acting career.
n 1962, she made her acting debut in the Tamil film Ithu Sathiyam. Malini first acted in the main role in Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), and went on to feature in numerous Bollywood films, primarily as the lead actress. In most of her films, she starred opposite her husband Dharmendra and with Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand. Hema Malini was initially promoted as the "Dream Girl", and in 1977 starred in a film of the same name. She has played both comic and dramatic roles, as well as being a dancer. She was one of the highest-paid actress from 1976 to 1980.
During her career, she received eleven nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, winning the award in 1973. In 2000, Malini won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and also the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour awarded by the Government of India. In 2012, the Sir Padampat Singhania University conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Malini in recognition of her contribution to Indian cinema.Malini served as chairperson of the National Film Development Corporation. In 2006, Malini received the Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts (SaMaPa) Vitasta award from Bhajan Sopori in Delhi for her contribution and service to Indian culture and dance. In 2013, she received the NTR National Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her contribution to Indian cinema.
Here’s a look at her life in pictures
This film shall remain special in my life. My director Ramesh Sippy showing me the famous "fan" scene. It became an iconic scene much later. Strangely while shooting none of us thought that it would become such a blockbuster. Seeta Aur Geeta remains one of my all time favourite film. #Throwback #SeetaAurGeeta #RameshSippy