For 55 years, Hema Malini has captivated audiences with her bewitching looks and talent. Considered by box office experts to be the most successful Hindi movie heroine of all time, Hema recognizes and owns her beauty for the first time in this live conversation.
Congratulations, you will be 74 years old on October 16th.
Ha, that’s what you want from me. But we both know it’s not true. Next year is her big 75th birthday. I’m still immature this year (laughs). Aging is inevitable. At 74, I don’t look the same as I did at 30 or her 40s. ‘Arrey bhai ruk jao’. Aisa toh nahin bol sakti na.
Do your fans want to know your eternal beauty secret?
There are no secrets. Eat well and sleep on time. Dance will take care of the rest. Staying healthy during this stage is very important. These days, my grandchildren take care of me. He is the only person allowed to do whatever he wants with me. The other day he dropped my phone and it broke. He lost a lot of data.
Hemmage What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever received?
I got the best birthday present of the year.someone gave me all my movies Sapnon Ka Saudaga To Shimla MirchAll my movies together! You can watch any movie or my song anytime. No need to look anywhere.
What do you think when you see yourself in early films like Sharafat, Raja Jani, Abhinetri, Johnny Mera Naam?
It’s like, “Who is this beautiful girl?” (laughs). She’s so beautiful, incredible. It is true that I was really beautiful.
Yes, it is.But every time I brought up your beauty idea, you dismissed it
No more. Now I agree with the opinion that it is very beautiful.
perhaps. But that’s another form of beauty. Now she doesn’t look the same as she did when she was 25. My brother says I looked different when I was younger. At every stage of life, a person looks different. At that time, cinematographers loved the heroine’s face. They made sure I looked my best. (Cinematographer) Look at how K Vaikunth filmed me. Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta When MiraToday, cinematographers only work professionally. No emotional attachment to actors. Actresses like Rekha, Madhuri and me just don’t fit. I make films only when it suits me.
Perhaps there is no face like you, Madhubala, or Sridevi that the camera falls in love with?
why do you say that? Today there are many very beautiful actresses such as Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali says you look like the face of Kolkata’s Durgamah idol.
It’s sweet of him. The Durga Ballet is performed on stage every year. It’s one of my favorite dance forms his.
The cinematographer said your face is beautiful from every angle.
(laughs) In his youth, from studio to studio he worked two or three shifts a day. I didn’t get a chance to see my own movie.
Your mentor Vijayanthimala is very frail and old
Arrey yeh to hona hi haiWhat’s so sad about it? You should enjoy the aging process. And don’t be brooding about it. We fans of the actor should not get discouraged as we age.
who is your favorite hero?
Anything other than Dharamji? They were all great. I enjoyed working with all of them.
Are you responsible for the success of many 1970s movies like Sanyasi, Premnagar and Dus Numbri?
i don’t know this It was another, another time.
When will we see you again on screen?
Especially for me, as soon as someone writes a role, I want to play someone close to my heart.
Dream girl’s dream role?
Hemaji, may you stay young and beautiful forever?
Thank you very much. But I’m warning you, I don’t.
Subhash K Jha is a Patna-based film critic who has been writing about Bollywood long enough to know the Bollywood industry thoroughly. He tweets at @SubhashK_Jha.
https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/happy-birthday-hema-malini-the-dream-girl-who-ruled-the-box-office-in-the-1970s-and-80s-11456321.html ‘Dream Girl’ dominated the box office in the 1970s and ’80s