Hema Malini, the dream girl of millions of Indians was born on 16thOctober 1948 into a Tamil Iyenger family in Tiruchirappalli to parents V.S. Ramanujan Chakravarthy and Jaya Chakravarthy, a film producer. She completed her education from Andhra Mahila Sabha in Chennai despising all subjects except history.

Hema Malini BiographyBeing too thin was the reason for which she was rejected at the age of 15 for a Tamil film by director C.V. Sridhar. But in 1965, she got an opportunity to act in a short episode as dancer in Pandava Vanavasam. She was later on offered a role in ‘Sapno ka Saudagar’ in 1968 opposite raj Kapoor which defined her status as the ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood.

Then in 1970 she was casted in ‘Johnny Mera Naam’ which became a blockbuster and she became a mega star because of the challenging role she adapted herself into which most of the other heroins of that time would have declined.

Then she did ‘Andaaz’ !1971) and ‘Lal Patthar’ (1971). Her double role movie ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ is one of the best films of her career and won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 1970 she starred in ‘Dream Girl’. Her movies ‘Sanyasi’, ‘Dharmatma’ and ‘Pratigya’ were also successful.

But the biggest blockbuster of her career was ‘Sholay’ which showed her as a bubbly and lively girl ‘Basanti’. Her pair with Dharmendra was highly acclaimed and accepted due to the back to back hits that they delivered. They starred in twenty eight films together before marrying. In late 1970s she also did women centric movies ‘Kinara’ (1977) and ‘Meera’ (1979).

This beautiful lady was proposed by Bollywood actors ‘Sanjeev Kumar’ and ‘Jeetendra’ but after almost accepting Jeetendra’s proposal she backed out. The agony of her rejection haunted Sanjeev Kumar throughout his life and died unmarried in 1985 after getting addicted to alcohol. During the filming of ‘Sholay’ this Basanti fell in love with her co-star Dharmendra and eventually married him in 1980 after the couple converted to Islam.

Her marriage did not affect her work. She did films like ‘Kranti’, ‘ Naseeb’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’ and ‘Rajput’. Her marriage made their couple even more desirable and they were casted together in ‘Alibaba aur 40 chor’, ‘Bhagvat, ‘Samrat’ and ‘Razia Sultan’. She also starred in ‘Andha Kanoon’ in 1983 which was Rajnikant’s Bollywood debut.

Other multi starrers starring this beautiful woman were ‘Bhagvat’ and ‘Raj Tilak’. In addition to acting, she also directed a film ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ which failed commercially. After this she took a break from films in the 1990s and early 2000s but made a comeback with ‘Baghban’ (2003) opposite Amitabh Bachchan. She also played a cameo in 2004 in ‘Veer-Zara’. She also directed her second feature film ‘Tell Me O Khuda’ which released in 2011.

She has also been an active Bharatiya Janta Party member and was eventually elected to the Rajya Sabha. In March 2012 she was made general secretary of the BJP. She is also the brand ambassador of Kent, mineral water purifier system and also of Pothys, a textile showroom in Chennai.