Hema Malini is an actress of Bollywood for more than four decades.The charisma of Hema Malini as an actress, dancer and Politician is amazing.This enchanting actress blessed with raving beauty was introduced to the tinsel world in a Telugu film for a dance scene.After three years at the age of 20 she acted as heroine of Raj Kapoor in the film 'Sapno ka Soudagar'.In the debut film itself she was promoted as 'Dream Girl' and she proved within a few years that she deserved that title with her fascinating acting style,stunning dancing skill and mesmerizing smile.
Hema Malini was born on 16 Oct 1948 at Ammankudi,Thiruchirapally,Tamil Nadu in an Iyengar family to parents V.S.Ramanujam Chakravorthy and Jaya Chakravorthy.From childhood itself she was trained in classical Bharatanatyam dance and she became an expert in that dance form.
In the year 1965 she got a chance to act in a Telugu film in a dance scene.After three years in 1968 she acted opposite to Raj Kapoor.The precociousness in her acting and dancing was well noted by other producers and directors so that she was cast in other films which boosted her acting career.
She made hits with Shashi Kapoor,Dev Aanad and Dharmendra initially.
In 1970 Dharmenda-Hema Malini had two hits " Tum Haseen Mein Jawan and Sherafat".In 1971 she took courage to act as a widow in the film 'Andaz' of Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor.Rajesh Khanna's character 'Raj' dies and Hema Malini, his wife becoming in a frustrated state and other developments were the theme.It was the last film of Shammi Kapoor as a hero.The song "Zindagi Ek Safar" became very popular and it was the last song of music director 'Jai Kishan'.
In the film 'Seetha aur Geetha' she portrayed dual roles of two identical twin sisters.Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra acted as their partners.Ramesh Sippy was the director.
'Raja Jani and Jugnu' were hits of Dharmendra in 73.For the film 'Jugnu' Dharmendra got accolades and the dialogues of that film was critically acclaimed.1974 film of Dharmendra and Hema Malini pair 'Patthar aur Payal' was also a hit.
1975 film 'Sholay' made history which was directed by Ramesh Sippy.The film which became a mega hit ran for more than five years continuously in a film theater of Mumbai.The film was a record grosser in which Sanjeev Kumar,Amitabh Bachchan,Dharmendra,Amjad Khan,Hema Malini etc acted.
In 1977 she played five different characters 'Sapna,Padma,Dream Girl' etc to steal money to maintain a home of orphans.It was directed by Pramod Chakravarthy.
'Meera' was a female centric film of Gulzar in 1979 in which Hema Malini proved her acting prowess.
In the year 1980 Hema Malini married Dharmendra by accepting Islam by both of them.After the marriage also Dharmenda-Hema Malini pair was accepted by the audience in several hits such as "Burning Train,Ali Baba aur 40 Chor, Krodhi,Samrat,Raj Tilak etc.
With Dev Anand she had hits like 'Johny Mera Naam,Amir garib,Tere Mere Sapne' etc
With Amitabh Bachchan she had hits like 'Gahri Chaal,Satte pe Satta,Desh Premee,Naseeb' etc.'Naseeb' was a super duper hit directed by Man Mohan Desai and 'Desh Premee' was also Man Mohan Desai film.
'Trishul' was highest grosser film of 1978 in which Sanjeev Kumar,Amitabh Bachchan,Shakthi Kapoor,Hema Malini,Rakhee,Waheeda Rehman etc acted and was directed by Yash Chopra.
'Kranti' of 81 was also a super hit film in which Dilip Kumar,Manoj Kumar,Shashi Kapoor, etc acted which told a story of fight for Indian Independence.
Jeetendra also acted in several super hit films like 'Dulhan, 'Khushboo''Qaidi' etc.
With Rajesh Khanna she had 8 blockbuster films during 80-87 but films like 'Palkon ki Chhaon Mein' were flops.'Prem Nagar' of Rajesh Khanna in 74 was
a big hit which was the remake of 'Prem Nagar' of Telugu and 'Vasantha Maligai' of Sivaji Ganesan-Vanisree Tamil film.
She directed a film 'Dil Aashna Hai' in 1992 in which Mithun Chakrabarthy,Sharukh Khan,Divya Bharati,Jeetendra,Amrita Singh,Dimple Kapadia etc acted but was not a success.Later in 2011 she produced and directed 'Tell me O Khuda' in which her daughter Esha Deol was the heroine.
She has directed a T.V.Serial 'Noopur' also.
She is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party and was nominated member of 'Rajya Sabha' from 2003 to 2009.
She served as Chairperson of Film Development corporation for three years.
Hema Malini received Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1972.
She got Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
In 2000 she was given 'Padma Shri' by Government of India.
Sapno ke Saudagar
Aansoo aur Maskan
Tere Mere Sapne
Babul ki Galiyan
Patthar aur Payal
Dil Ka Heera
The Burning Train
Farz aur Kanoon