Bollywood's dreamgirl, Hema Malini, has turned a year older. On her 73rd birthday, here are some lesser known facts about the actress.
By Ankita Mukherjee
Hema Malini had dropped out of school in 10th standard as she had always wanted to make career in the film industry. Nonetheless, she had been awarded with Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy in 2012.
Did you know Hema Malini had started off her career as an actress with a Tamil film, 'Ithu Sathiyam'?
Hema Malini is the only actress who had shared screen space and romanced all the five Kapoors of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi, Randhir and Rishi Kapoor.
'Seeta Aur Geeta' fame, Hema Malini, was casted opposite Raj Kapoor in her debut Hindi film, 'Sapno Ka Saudagar', however it had flopped at the box office.
In Hema's autobiography, ‘Hema Malini: The Authorized Biography’, she has revealed that veteran actors, Jeetandra and Sanjeev Kapoor had proposed to her for marriage.
In another biography of Hema Malini, 'Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl', the actress spoke about how she was almost getting married to Jeetandra, when a drunk Dharmendra gate-crashed their wedding.
Dharmendra and Hema had tied the knot after converting into Islam as he was already married to Prakash. After that, Hema was named Aisha Bi R Chakravarty and Dharmendra as Dilawar Khan.
The couple has a huge age gap of 13 years. Did you know that Hema Malini is just 8 years older than Sunny Deol, who is the first child of Dharmendra and his wife, Prakash Kaur.
Hema Malini is the first few actresses who wore bell bottom pants onscreen, setting the trend for the others. She had never shied away from trying different kinds of outfits and ensembles.
Apart from Hema's great acting prowess and political stint, she is an amazing classical dancer. She is trained in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She even owns a dance school, Natya Vihar Kalakendra.
Did you know Madhoo Raghunath who is known for her roles in 'Phool Aur Kaante', 'Roja' and 'Annayya', is Hema Malini's niece?
Hema Malini had been the highest paid actress in her tenure from 1971-1975, 1976-1980 and 1982-1985.
Hema Malini was the one who gave the big Bollywood break to Shah Rukh Khan after watching him on the television serial, Fauji, and then the rest is history.