Born as Hema Malini Chakravarty in a Tamil family, she started her career opposite the late Showman of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor in âEuro˜Sapno Ka SaudagarâEuro™.
Hema bagged her first Filmfare Award for her performance in the film âEuro˜Seeta Aur GeetaâEuro™ where she was cast opposite Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in a double role.
She starred in films like âEuro˜SanyasiâEuro™, âEuro˜DharmatmaâEuro™, âEuro˜PratigyaâEuro™, âEuro˜SholayâEuro™, âEuro˜Tum Haseen Main JawanâEuro™, and âEuro˜Naya ZamanaâEuro™ among others.
Her role as Basanti in âEuro˜SholayâEuro™ became one of most popular character in Bollywood films and the film became a blockbuster hit.
This diva of Bollywood was bold enough to portray such roles which other actresses of her time refused to do. She played the role of a young widow in âEuro˜AndaazâEuro™ and in âEuro˜Lal PattharâEuro™, she played a character with negative shades.
Hema Malini married her co-star and actor Dharmendra in 1980 and they have two daughters.
The couple was seen in films like âEuro˜Alibaba Aur 40 ChorâEuro™, âEuro˜SholayâEuro™, âEuro˜SamraatâEuro™, âEuro˜Seeta Aur GeetaâEuro™, âEuro˜Dream GirlâEuro™, âEuro˜CharasâEuro™ and âEuro˜The Burning TrainâEuro™ and few other films.
Hema Malini and her husband have been involved in politics, as members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She was elected to the Rajya Sabha.
After taking a break from films for a number of years, Hema made a comeback with âEuro˜BaghbanâEuro™ in 2003, where she was cast opposite actor Amitabh Bachhan.
The actress will be seen next in 'Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi'.
--IBNS (Posted on 16-10-2013)