Hema Malini

Hema Malini, a dashing charming and glowing skin girl was born on October 16, 1948, in Ammankudi, Tiruchirapalli district, Tamil Nadu to V.S.R. Chakravarty and Jaya.. She was a leading Indian actress, director and producer, as well as a Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer. She made the Bollywood to be proud of its hits films. She went on to appear in numerous successful Bollywood films, most notably those with actor and future-husband Dharmendra. She was initially promoted as "Dream Girl", and in 1977 starred in a film of the same name and is still known by this hit name, which made her different from others. She was known for both her comic and dramatic roles, and her accomplished classical dancing. Hema Malini is a dedicated Bharatanatyam artiste and her two daughters have trained in the related Odissi school of dance. The three have performed together at several charity dance concerts.

Hema is one of the most successful female filmstars in the history of Indian cinema. Appearing in over 150 films in a career span of 40 years, she has starred in a large number of hit films, and her performances in both commercial and arthouse cinema, were often recognised. She is also a member of India's Bharatiya Janata Party and represents the party in Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament. She now spends most of her time involved in charitable and social ventures, though she still makes occasional appearances in films.

Hema Malini being educated at Chennai first tried to enter films in 1964, but was rejected( by Tamil director Sridhar saying she had no star appeal). She then tried in bollywood. She debuted in a 1968 film Sapnon Ka Saudagar ("The Dreamseller"), playing a young teen opposite the ageing superstar Raj Kapoor. With Dev Anand in Johnny Mera Naam (1970), Hema became a top star. She worked with him again in Tere Mere Sapne (1971), among other films, with the latest being Aman Ke Farishtey (2003). Hema double-roled with Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in 1972s Seeta Aur Geeta as the top female star in Bollywood. She became one of the reigning divas of the Bollywood film industry, and her fans called her The Dream Girl of Bollywood (an allusion to the movie of the same name where she starred opposite Dharamendra).

After taking a back seat from films for a number of years in the 1990s and early 2000s, Hema has recently made a comeback of sorts. She co-starred with Amitabh Bachchan in the successful film Baghban (2003), and played a cameo role (also opposite Bachchan) in the 2004 blockbuster Veer-Zaara. In both films, she played a beautiful, self-possessed, old married woman rather than the ingenuinee roles of her earlier career.

She also tried her hand at directing and made the 1992 film Dil Aashna Hai which featured an all-star cast including Shahrukh Khan and the late Divya Bharti. She also directed and starred in the TV serial Noopur, in which she was depicted as a Bharatanatyam dancer going to America. Stars of the Bollywood like Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra proposed to her, but she married Dharmendra a Jat Sikh on 2 May 1980. Dharmendra and Hema Malini had two daughters of their own: Esha Deol (born 1982) and Ahana Deol. Her daughter Esha, coached by her mother, is also an accomplished classical dancer.

Hema malini Won the filmfares in:
1973 - Filmfare Best Actress Award, Seeta Aur Geeta
1999 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award

Hema Malini recieved other Awards which garnered her:

1998 - Guest of Honour Award at the 18th Ujala Cinema Express Awards, 2003 - Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2003 - Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1, Baghban (with Amitabh Bachchan), 2003 - Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bollywood Movie Awards, 2004 - Bollywood Movie Award - Most Sensational Actress for Baghban, 2004 - Sports World's "Jodi of the Year" along with Amitabh Bachchan for Baghban, 2004 - Icon of the year, 2009 - Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF).

Honours given to Hema ji includes

Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India in 2000, "Living Legend Award" by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in recognition of her contribution to the Indian entertainment industry in 2004, The 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival screened several films starring Hema Malini in a special tribute programme in 2007, Honoured for her contribution to classical dance in 2008.

Hema malini had garnered her career with the flowers of those beautiful films which every one remembers. Hema Malini's list of films are:

Pandava Vanavasam (1961), Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Andaz (1971), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Raja Jani (1972), Gora Aur Kala (1972), Jugnu (1973), Dost (1974), Sholay (1975), Sanyasi (1975), Khushboo (1975), Trishul (1978), Do Aur Do Paanch (1980), The Burning Train (1980), Naseeb (1981), Kranti (1981), Satte Pe Satta (1982), Desh Premee (1982), Nastik (1983), Vijay (1988), Hey Ram (2000) (Tamil), Baghban (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004) Special Appearance, Baabul (2006), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) Special Guest Appearance,

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