Bollywood’s Dream Girl Hema Malini turns 69 today and we all are excited. But what’s even more exciting is that a full-length biography of the actress will also be launched today. The book is titled ‘Beyond The Dreamgirl’ and is penned by an acclaimed editor and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee. Also watch out for a scintillating foreword by none other than Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he has lauded Hema Malini’s cinematic brilliance during her 50 years in Indian showbiz. Hema Malini got her first lead role in a movie that came in 1968s ‘Sapno Ka Saudagar’, where she was cast alongside Raj Kapoor.
“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.
“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.” says Mukherjee.
“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.
Deepika Padukone will launch the book and on the special occasion, 50 noted celebrities from the Indian film and music industry will extend their wishes to the danseuse, through an hour-long video including Amitabh Bachchan. This is definitely going to be a special birthday for the veteran actress with all the surprises lined up.