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Overview (4)

Born in Jeeyapuram, Tiruchirappalli district, Madras State, India
Birth NameHema Malini R. Chakravarty
Nickname Dream Girl
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hema was born in the Tamil-speaking Chakravarthy household on October 16, 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. Her dad's name is V.S.R. Chakravarthy and her mom, Jaya, was a film producer. She was enrolled in the Chennai-based Andhra Mahila Sabha.

After performing as a dancer in a 1961 regional movie, she was rejected by Tamil Director, C.V.Sridhar, during 1964 when she first attempted to act, on the grounds that she was too thin to be heroine in Venniradai and the role went to Venniradai Nirmala. Later Hema performed in the song Singara Therukku Selai sung by Seergazhi Govindrajan and L.R.Eshwari as a supporting actor from the 1963 Tamil film Idhu Sathiyam starring S.A.Asokan as the hero. But Hema persisted, debuted opposite Raj Kapoor in 'Sapnon Ka Saudagar' just 4 years after her rejection but the movie was a flop.

Thereafter there has no been looking back for this attractive Libran, who went to star in close to 155 movies; who also produced and directed two movies, and also directed a TV serial 'Noopur'.

After turning down marriage proposals from Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra, she met with hot fellow actor, Dharmendra, both were attracted to each other and wanted to get married. Dharmendra, who was already married to Prakash Kaur, and had two sons, Sunny and Bobby, could not marry Hema as Prakash refused to divorce him. According to the Hindu Marriage Act, a Hindu cannot marry a second time while the first wife is still alive. Dharmendra belongs to a Arya Samaj Hindu Punjabi Jatt family.

She had a hit on-screen pairing with Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor and Dev Anand in the 70's and, post-marriage, she had 8 hits opposite Rajesh Khanna in 1980-87. Dharmendra Hema Malini were paired in lead roles romantically in 31 films but have worked in 35 films. Of them 20 were hits and 15 were flops. Interestingly Rajesh Khanna-Hema Malini pair had 2 hits in early 70's and then 3 unfortunate flops in late 70's after which pair was written off but in eighties they gave 8 blockbusters as a pair. In all Hema has 10 hits with Rajesh Khanna.

On August 21, 1979, both Hema and Dharmendra converted to Islam, changed their names to Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty and Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn respectively, and got married in accordance with Islamic rites. Three years after their marriage, Hema subsequently gave birth to Esha and then later to Ahana. Esha is an actress in her own rights. The trio, well proficient in the arts of Bharatnatyam dance form, have performed together at a number of dance events and concerts.

Hema is a member of the right-winged Bharatiya Janata Party, and became a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

She was amongst the first actresses to wear bell-bottom and shirts in Hindi movies, and is also amongst the few who have kept their word of not wearing any revealing outfits in public. Hema, who is also called 'Dream Girl' continues to act in movies as of 2013.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Family (4)

Spouse Dharmendra (2 May 1980 - present)  (2 children)
Children Esha Deol
Ahana Deol
Sunny Deol
Bobby Deol
Parents Jaya Chakravarthy
Chakravarthy, V.S.R.
Relatives Chakravarti, R.J. (sibling)
Chakravarti, R.K. (sibling)
Chakravarti, Suchi (niece or nephew)
Madhoo (cousin)

Trivia (44)

Mother of Esha Deol and Ahana Deol. Step-mother of Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. Daughter of Jaya Chakravarthy.
The 5th Tamil speaking actress after Anjali Devi, Vyjayanthimala, Padmini, Waheedha Rehmaan to become a major Hindi film star. Ironically, Hema's career almost ended before it began. She worked as background dancer in 2 Tamil films in 1963. C.V.Shridhar, director threw her out of the Tamil film Veniradai he was directing, saying she was too thin. The role which Hema was given was the role which was subsequently done by Venidradai Nirmala. Then made her debut only in 1968 in Hindi.
Hema Malini began her Hindi film career opposite Raj Kapoor in Sapnon Ka Saudagar (1968) where she became labeled the "Dream Girl" which was a promotion strategy to promote the film however sapnoan ka saudagar was a flop. She had a glorious reign as a leading actress during the 1970-85. She had 18 hits and 15 flops opposite dharmendra. She had 5 hits of 10 films she did with shashi Kapoor fron 1969-87. She had 10 hits opposite Rajesh Kannan of 15 films from 1971-91. She won the Filmfare Best Actress award for Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), but in the early 80's, her only hits were opposite Rajesh Khanna where she had 8 hits opposite rajesh after her marriage and later she decided to concentrate on 'character' roles, often those with feminist undertones.
In the book "Hema Malini: The Authorized Biography," (2007) she revealed that both actors Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar proposed marriage to Hema, but it was Dharmendra, with whom she formed a hugely successful on-screen couple, that won her hand in the end. She defied the conventional norm at the time by becoming his second wife and continuing to work after having children.
In an effort to re-establish herself as a classical dancer (she is an expert Bharatnatyam dancer), she directed TV serials such as Noopur (1990) and "Women of India" in 1996.
Hema Malini was awarded the 'Padma Bhushan' in 1999 for her contribution to Indian Cinema.
Born in the village Ammankudi, located in the District of Trichy, Tamil Nadu, to V.S. Ramanujam Chakravarti and Jaya Chakravarti.
Set up a Natya Vihar Kalakendra, an institution dedicated to create, spread and present the age old Indian mythological themes from the epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and other ancient scriptures through the medium of dance.
In 2003 was nominated to the Rajya Sabha (Parliament of India), serving on the Committee of External Affairs as an MP. In 2004, actress-turned-politician Hema formally joined the BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party).
Served as Chairperson of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) from 2000-2003.
Only for purposes of marriage, she converted to Islam, changed her name to Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty, and dharmendra converted his name into Dilawar Khan. They married on August 21, 1979.
Rajesh Khanna-Hema Malini pair had 2 hits in early 70's, but due to 3 failures in the 1975-1970 period, the producers were reluctant to cast them as a pair. After Hema got married, her only box office hits in the eighties were opposite Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra only. Hema Malini had 8 blockbusters opposite Rajesh Khanna , after getting married in real life, as a pair from 1980-91 Bandish, Kudrat, Dard, Rajput, Hum Dono, Babu, Sitapur Ki Geeta and Durgaa where Khanna had special appearance.
Hema Malini had 6 hits of the 12 she did opposite Jeetendra from 1970-87.
Hema Malini was highest paid Hindi actress along-with Zeenat Aman from 1976-1980 and 2nd highest paid Hindi actress with Zeenat from 1982-85 and 4th highest paid Hindi actress from 1971-1975.
Hema performed in the song Singara Therukku Selai sung by Seergazhi Govindrajan and L.R.Eshwari as a supporting actor from the 1963 Tamil film Idhu Sathiyam starring S.A.Asokan as the hero.
Hema had 5 hits of the 10 films opposite shashi Kapoor from 1969-87.
Hema had opposite dev Anand - 3 hits of 7 films with dev Anand from 1970-2003.
Hema regards Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand to be her favorite co-stars.
Hema regards her own favorite films to be Lal Paththar, Abhinetri, Johnny Mera Naam, Amir Garib, Prem Nagar, Dillagi, Kinara, Sholay, Seeta aur Geeta, Mehbooba, Kudrat,Hum dono, Rajput, Bagbhan.
CV Shridhar had rejected her for the Tamil film Venniradai(1965) in 1964 and her role went to actress Nirmala. Later Sridhar directed her in Gehri Chaal.
Dharmendra Hema Malini were paired in lead roles romantically in 31 films but have worked in 35 films. Of them, had 20 hits namely - Sharafat, Tum Haseen Main Jawan, Seeta Aur Geeta,Raja Jani, Jugnu, Dost, Paththar Aur Payal, Pratigya, Sholay, Charas, Dream Girl, Chacha Batija, Khel Khilari Ka, Azaad, Ali Baba Aur 40 Chor, Bhagavat, Rajput, Raaj Tilak, Jaan Hatheli Pe and one more films had them in guest appearance - Choti Si Baat which was a hit. Their 15 flops include - Naya Zamana,Maa, Kinara, Dillagi, Dil Ka Heera, Aas Paas, Do Dishayen, The Burning Train, Krodhi,Samraat, Razia Sultaan, Tell Me O Khuda and the films where the pair was together for less time - Kehte Hai Mujhko Raja,Phandebaaz,Meharbaani were flops.
Aunt to Ramandep Arya and Randeep Arya. Actor Veerendra's children. Veerendra is the cousin of Dharmendta.
Dev Anand wanted to launch youngest daughter Ahana Deol in a film titled "Beauty Queen". Hema declined the offer.
Brothers are producers R.K.Chakravarti and R.J.Chakravarti (Jaganath).
Niece name is Suchi Chakravarti. Daughter of R.K. Chakravarti.
Niece name is Nandita Chakravarti. She is the daughter of her brother R.K..Chakravarti (Kannan) and sister-in-law Prabha. Nandita has received an award for her innovative ideas on how to beef up safety measures at international airports. She stood fourth in a competition on the same, held in the US and has been invited by Gresham, Smith and Partners to help them re-construct and terror proof the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Washoe County, Nevada, USA. Their design will focus on providing high security without compromising on the airport's . She currently is a Mobile UX Designer at eBay, She also has her own website nanditachakravarti.com.
Cousin Prabha Raghavan worked with her in Dil Aashna Hain.
Starred in the shelved film Sai Durgaa Combines "Jazbaa" (1993). Starring Hema Malini, Sudesh Berry, Varsha Usgaonkar,Akshay Anand,Farheen,Paresh Rawal,Kader Khan, Music by Jitin -Shyam,Directed by S.A.Kader.
Daughter Ahana Deol starred in the shelved film "2nd Time Lucky"(2012), Starring Prateik Babbar, Ahana Deol, Produced and Directed by Shoojit Sarkar.
Did a stage show in the Fiji Islands in 1986. Accompanied with her was Rishi Kapoor,Dimple Kapadia , Helen,Asrani and Prem Chopra . A young Ranbir Kapoor also made a appearance on stage . All concerts held in Fiji were sold out.
Cousin of actress Madhoo. Madhoo is mistakenly listed as Hema Malini's niece on several websites. This is wrong . Madhoo's father, producer P Raghunath is Hema Malini's uncle.
Another Indian actress who married an already married man.
In 1986 the Ramsay Brothers had signed Hema Malini for a film titled "Dushmani". It got shelved.
In the late 70's Hema Malini had signed director Ramesh Sippy for a home production that was too star Dharmendra and Hema Malini. It was shelved when Dharmendra and Hema Malini walked out of Shaan.
Starred in the shelved movie Shiv Shankar Movie's "Shanka"(1984) Starring Hema Malini,Suresh Oberoi, Shoma Anand,Danny Denzongpa, Sharat Saxena. Music by Rahul Dev Burman, Directed by Salilmoy Ghosh.
Hema Malini was signed for the film Begunaah but later opted out. The producer decided to scrap her role from the film and simply use her photograph as Rajesh Khanna's deceased wife.
Cousin of producer Mohan Raghavan.
Starred in the shelved movie Promise Pictures "Damdaar"(1990) Starring Hema Malini,Suresh Oberoi,Javed Jaffery,Hemant Birje,Sahila Chaddha,Raza Murad, Shakti Kapoor,Shehzad Khan,Music by Annu Malik,Produced and Directed by Dilip Gulati.
Mother Jaya was co producing the shelved Indo -US Production "Psychic Maya" (1978). Starring Shabana Azmi in the lead. Producer by GP Sippy, Jaya Chakravarthy,Veda Nayak.
Starred in the shelved movie Novena Movies "Dil Ki Awaaz"(1990) Starring Hema Malini, Anupam Kher,Music by Kalyanji Anandji, Produced by E.J. Dsouza,L.N.Kotekar, Directed by Sateesh Hegde.
Starred in Dharma Productions shelved untitled movie in 1978. Starring Uttam Kumar, Hema Malini,Music by Rahul Dev Burman, Produced by Yash Johar, Written and Directed by Gulzar.
In 1990, Hema Malini was planning to produce a TV serial Satyavan Savitri. It was based on Sri Aurobinda'multi volume poem in blank verse. The serial got shelved.
Starred in the shelved movie Narang Film International "Dil Rubba Dilli Wali"(1977) Starring Hema Malini,Produced and Directed by S.D. Narang.
Step granddaughter is author Prerna Gill. Prerna wrote the novel "The Shepherd Lies". Prerna is the daughter of Hema's step daughter Vijeta .

Personal Quotes (2)

My interest was dance and, in the beginning, I didn't enjoy acting at all. It was my mother who brought me into films and who looked after my career. I remember each time a producer came to meet her, my only reaction was, 'Oh God, another year of my life gone.'
I became famous with audiences and various producers thanks to Jhony Mera Naam and Andaz. I remember how difficult it was to shoot for the song Zinagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana because Kaka's fans would turn up in heavy numbers wherever he went. I am very lucky to have done 15 films with the superstar and to have 10 commercial hits with him.

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