Hema Malini, one of the most accomplished actresses of the Indian film industry, has turned a year older today. The veteran actress has been an institution of beauty -- earning the title of 'dreamgirl'.
Hema Malini, once in a conversation with India TV editor-in-chief and chairman Rajat Sharma in Aap Ki Adalat, explained how she was able to maintain her ethereal beauty for all these years.
''As I am a dancer, I have to often come on stage and it requires a proper figure. In order to maintain that, I do yoga and exercise besides paying attention to my diet,'' she had said.
Born on October 16, 1948 in Jeeyapuram, Tiruchirappalli district, Madras, Hema Malini was the third born of a Tamil-speaking family. Her mother Jaya Lakshmi Chakravarti was a film producer.
After performing as a dancer in a 1961 regional movie, she was rejected by Tamil Director, CV Sridhar, when she first attempted to act, on the grounds that she was too thin to be the heroine in Venniradai and the role went to Venniradai Nirmala. This was 1964.
Hema Malini's first main role in a movie came in 1968s 'Sapno Ka Saudagar', where she was cast alongside Raj Kapoor.
The actress went on to star in 155 movies. She has also produced and directed two movies, and has also directed a TV serial.
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