Hema Malini Curated

Actress, writer, director and dancerand politic...

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  • Any message to your followers?

    Follow your dreams. Never say no to any opportunity. Think positive. And don’t bother with what your neighbour is doing. I never looked at the competition around me. For me my career, my family and my life are all that mattered.

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  • How did you get The Prime Minister to write the Foreword?

    It was very simple. I just had to ask him. He wanted details about the book and its content. That was it. I must say it was very kind and generous of him.

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  • How did the idea of the Prime Minister writing the Foreword to the new book come to you?

    Ram Kamal just came to me and said he has written the book about my life and would our prime minister Narendra Modi ji write a Foreword.

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  • Any comment on the kind of cinema that is being made in the Bollywood these days?

    The trends keep changing. They have to. Young people with young thought keep coming in. But care should taken about making films that would not mislead our society.

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  • Your daughter Esha Deol had also took step into Bollywood, was there any influence of you as a mother in choosing her career in the film industry?

    Her choice of career in the Bollywood is absolutely her choice. It will be my right approach not to compel herself to anything in her self-determination. She has enough estimation for that. But on my part as a mother I've to impart my support and guidelines on the decision of her.

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  • How do you deal with your time as an enthusiast in religion, acting, dancing, and your responsibility in your family?

    My daughters are grown up and are not demanding on my time. Dharamji doesn't mind me going back to acting and dancing. That is why I'm quite manageable with my time in pursuing my enthusiasm.

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  • After finding a niche in the big screen, it now seems that your new found love is in dancing and acting in small screen. Are you getting bored with the big screen?

    No! No! It is not a question of getting bored with the big screen. Acting and dancing has always been a serious interest of mine. I'm pursuing both my interests seriously. I would welcome any offer for occasional roles from selective filmmakers. But I want to keep myself away from the big screen for a while. I now have much more to do.

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  • How would you describe your journey?

    I hope I've made a place for myself. That's what I set out to do when I took to acting. I just wanted to be known as good actress, or rather to be loved a lot as an actress.

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  • What's your biggest achievement?

    The love of the public is the biggest achievement for any actor.

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  • Hema-Dharmendra has been the most evergreen pairing both and on and off screen. What’s the magic behind it?

    We came together, acted together, delivered hits and are together. It is all destiny and nothing is planned.

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  • Do you like being called a dream girl?

    Why should I not like it? I was introduced as a Dream Girl. So, I will always remain one. I am okay with that.

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  • We don’t see you much in Bollywood these days. Why?

    I have done my bit in Bollywood. I will do films only if a good role like Baghban comes my way. There is nothing wrong in doing one good film. I am also blessed in the sense that I can act when I want, dance, spend time with the people of my constituency and also with my family. What else can I ask for.

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  • Will you get into teaching dance as well?

    I am not a good teacher as I tend to be very strict. At my academy, I have hired a group of expert teachers and everybody will be taught exactly what I want. I also plan to get teachers from south.

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  • Do you think there are less takers for classical dance today?

    Yes. Today there are only 1/4th who are interested in pursuing classical dance forms. The rest are into Bollywood. The ratio is not even. It is very difficult to sustain the interest in classical dance. That is why it is necessary to preserve these classical dance forms which are ours. I am doing my bit and there are other artists like me too who are inviting youngsters to perform.

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  • Were you ever nervous in your early days while performing on stage?

    I used to be totally nervous and used to make so many mistakes. After every mistake, I would look at my mother who would shout at me. She was strict but she trained me well in dance and taught me how to be smart enough to correct a mistake on stage when it happens.

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  • Do you look at the film roles being played by actresses today and think the quality of characters has got better for women?

    As far as roles are concerned, I think in our time we got very good roles to portray. Now the films are technically sound, but I miss those close-up shots. Now everything is so fast that we don't get to see such moments in films anymore.

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  • What influenced your decision to join politics?

    It was the late Vinod Khanna who inspired me to join politics. I am grateful to him for showing me this path. I was very reluctant to join politics, because I am not the kind of person who ever belonged to any party. But when I discussed it with my mother, she explained that I have received so much love from the public as a performing artist that I owe them a lot. I can only serve society at large if I am in politics. I am trying to do my best as a member of Parliament.

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  • Were you worried at all when Esha decided to join films? What was your advice to her?

    That's again a major chapter. I think Esha spoke beautifully about the entire journey to Ram Kamal. The way she opened up to Ram for this book, it was really nice. I was surprised to read her and Ahana's chapter.

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  • Your journey as an actress didn’t just end with films. You also acted and directed on television when most film stars didn’t view it as a favourable medium. What attracted you to the space?

    As a creative person you always want to do things that are challenging. After marriage, the offers that I used to get for movies were not interesting enough. I thought of venturing into areas that would give me creative satisfaction. That's when the idea of producing and directing films came to my mind. I also focused a lot on dance ballets and created my own world of dance and music that helped me keep my creative cells active.

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  • How did you cast Shah Rukh Khan in your directorial debut? Did you know at that time that he would become such a big star?

    I wanted to cast Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar in the film. But somehow, due to date issues, I was not getting the hero I wanted. During that time Esha mentioned about this young boy from the serial Fauji who was becoming a popular star on television. That's when I called Shah Rukh for a look test, and I loved his face. He had something in him, a quality that is required to be a star. But, frankly, I never thought he would become such a big star. In my interview with Ram Kamal I mentioned that it was my guru ma Indira Devi who saw his photograph and mentioned that Shah Rukh will become India's biggest superstar.

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  • Can you tell us about the shift to direction? How did you discover this passion for being behind the camera after so many years in front of it?

    That's a long story, and I have shared the entire transition from being an actress to a director in Beyond the Dream Girl. In fact, I have mentioned to Ram Kamal that I never wanted to direct, it was Gulzar saheb who inspired me to take up direction when I wanted to do a television show Noopur. After that I gained confidence and began wanting to tell stories.

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  • Looking back now, which of your films are you most satisfied with, including your performance?

    I personally feel that all my films with Ramesh Sippy, BR Films, Dev Anand saheb and Gulzar saheb were my best. Of course, Kamal Amrohi's Razia Sultan (1983) remains very close to my heart.

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  • How hard was it for you to choose the kind of films you worked in? Did your mother help you decide?

    My mother and producer B Ananthaswami used to take decisions, I just followed their instructions. I worked with legends like Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar and even with contemporary stars like Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. I think my mother would keep a check on the production house and the director. But I would always listen to the narration and then decide if I wanted to act in that film. There are many interesting facts which I shared with Ram Kamal Mukherjee while he was working on the book. You will find all those anecdotes in the book.

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  • Did you have any apprehensions working with the director CV Sridhar later for Gehri Chaal (1973) as your first project together didn’t work out?

    No. I don't hold grudges. I guess he understood his mistake and when he approached me for Gehri Chaal, we worked together. The film unfortunately didn't work at the box office.

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  • How did your mother cultivate the love of dance in you? How did you grow to love it yourself?

    Even before I was born, my mother decided that my name will be Hema Malini and I will be a Bharatnatyam dancer. So she had made plans way before I was born. As a child I used to feel a bit irritated with my mother's persuasive nature, but now I realize why she was so strict about my dance. I think when I grew up, and people started appreciating my skill as dancer, I started enjoying dance. It would give me immense pleasure when I would go on stage. I could see my mother smiling and father feeling proud of my achievements.

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  • Your first film was with Raj Kapoor and you have described your screen test at RK Studios as one of the great moments of your life. How was it like stepping into the world of films from the world of dance?

    I was very nervous, not because I was being tested by director Mahesh Kaulji and Raj saheb, but for my mother who didn't want me to fail. I had that pressure on me, which I tried hiding. I have spoken about my experience in detail about the entire screen test episode in Beyond the Dream Girl. I think if you read the book you will get a much better idea.

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