Celebrating the Queen of Hearts: Hema Malini's 75th Birthday
The renowned actress from the 1980s, Hema Malini, is commemorating her 75th birthday today. Hema, a prominent figure in Hindi cinema, has left an indelible mark on the industry with her exceptional talent. Her captivating performances and timeless beauty have endeared her to millions. Over the course of her career, this celebrated actress has graced the screens in more than 100 films. Nonetheless, the path to working in such a multitude of films was far from effortless. On this special occasion, let us delve into the challenging days of her early career.
Hema Malini's birth took place on October 16, 1948, in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. Her original name was Hema Malini Chakravarti, but she shed the Chakravarti surname upon embarking on her journey in the film industry. While Hema is now an iconic figure in Bollywood, her childhood aspirations never included dreams of becoming an actress. She was introduced to the industry at the insistence of her mother, Jaya Lakshmi. Nevertheless, Hema's path was fraught with difficulties, including numerous rejections.
Her slender physique led her to encounter numerous rejections. Each time she auditioned for film roles, her appearance became the reason for her rejection. One example of this was when she was cast in a Tamil film, but the director decided to alter her name for the film. However, she was unceremoniously removed from the project after just four days of shooting.
In spite of the relentless rejections, Hema remained undaunted and dedicated herself to the world of cinema. She embarked on a journey to master classical dance and refine her appearance. Throughout this arduous process, her mother provided unwavering support. After her initial struggles, Hema finally gained a foothold in the film industry. In the early days, she only secured minor roles, but as time passed, her diligence bore fruit. The pivotal moment arrived when she had the opportunity to work with Raj Kapoor in the film "Sapno Ke Saudagar." This film marked a turning point in her life, receiving widespread acclaim for her acting. Subsequently, a flood of film offers came her way, and Hema never looked back.
Over the course of her career, Hema has graced the silver screen in over 100 films, and a significant portion of them achieved remarkable success. Her on-screen chemistry with Dharmendra was adored by audiences in 40 films. Even today, she is vividly remembered for her iconic portrayals, such as Basanti in "Sholay" and the dual roles of Seeta and Geeta.
- PTC PUNJABI