It’s October 16 and Bollywood’s Dream Girl – Hema Malini, is celebrating her 70th birthday today. She has been juggling her roles of an actress, loving wife, doting mother, graceful classical dancer, efficient political figure and an insightful philanthropist effortlessly through the years. To add to the list she has been a major inspiration for all the women out there in our country for her fitness and ageless beauty.
The veteran actress spoke her heart out in an interview once – “I have made many adjustments in my life. When I was young, I used to watch from the window that all the kids were playing outside while I practised dance. But today, as I look backwards, it seems that as if I had not done sadhana (practise) then, I would not have been successful today.” She humbly gives all credit to her late mother Smt. Jaya Chakravarthy. She further added, “When I started working in films, then after some time, I even felt that I should live my life like a normal girl – get married, settle down… then I decided to get married. Just as the wishes change according to time, our responsibilities also started changing, and we begin to make adjustments in different ways to fulfill them.”
Hema Malini has come a long way from struggling to bag a role in the south Indian film industry to making it iconic big in Bollywood and how!
Here are 10 of her pictures, right from her Insta posts, that will definitely take you on a ride back to the golden era.
A Song With Kishor Da
Captioned: Way back in 1973 I recorded a Bengali song with #KishoreKumar. It was written by Mukul Dutta and composed by Kishore Kumar itself.It was successfully recorded for Saregama and released during Puja. Still cherished that memorable event.
Prepping For The Famous Fan Scene In ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’
Captioned: 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.
With Her Late Father V.S. Ramanujam Chakravarthy
Captioned: “Wherever you are, am sure you are blessing me”
Happy Father’s Day
With Her Late Mother
Captioned: Thinking so much about my mother – missing her too much! Years have passed (25.06.’04) but the memories of life with her are still so fresh! A mother is irreplaceable & no one can ever fill the gap😢. Sharing the pic from the set of Paraya Dhan with Mom.
With Director Ramesh Sippy On The Sets Of ‘Sholay’
Captioned: Sholay remains one of my favourite for many reasons. Sharing a photo shared by my fan where director Ramesh Sippy is explaining me the scene. And you can clearly see those pages in my hand. I had to rattle off 4 pages of “Basanti” dialogues. This is the scene just before that “tanga” chase scene by Gabbar goons.
Clicked In A Pose
Captioned: Dancing has been my passion.
There is nothing more enjoyable than doing what you love!
With Raj Kapoor In Her Bollywood Debut Film
Captioned: A shot from my debut film Sapno Ke Saudagar. I was glad to have a legendary actor like Raj Kapoor as my co-actor. Have a successful week ahead !
Captioned: Weekend is a time to cherish with family.
Sharing something close to my heart !
Have a great weekend ahead.
With Rajnikanth – Andha Kanoon
Captioned: It has been an amazing experience to share the screen space with one of our legendary actor Rajnikanth in the movie ‘Andha Kanoon’ as his sister ‘Inspector Durga Devi Singh’.
22nd Filmfare, With Late Rajesh Khanna
Captioned: Presenting the best actor award to the great actor Late Rajesh Khanna at 22nd annual #Filmfare Awards function held in Bombay on March 30,1975 was rewarding.
Captioned: After I came to Delhi my brother insisted we should visit the Ghalib museum about which he had read in the net, as it was Ghalib’s 220th birth anniversary. As both of us have a good knowledge of Urdu, we were excited about the prospect of seeing the place.When the govt is spending so much to look after heritage buildings & monuments like the Taj through ASI, surely some amt can be allotted to preserve a literary heritage like the Ghalib museum? This neglect should be discussed in Parliament and a solution found asap before we lose such treasures!