Hema Malini is Still Bollywood's Dream Girl at 67

Updated: October 16, 2015 10:22 IST

Bollywood's original Dream Girl Hema Malini is a year older today. The actress, who is the BJP MP from Mathura, has had an eventful year with her younger daughter Ahana's wedding and hectic campaigning for the Lok Sabha General Elections. On this special day, we take you on a pictorial tour, giving you a glimpse of her journey.

Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Bollywood's original Dream Girl Hema Malini is a year older today. The actress, who is the BJP MP from Mathura, has had an eventful year with her younger daughter Ahana's wedding and hectic campaigning for the Lok Sabha General Elections.

On this special day, we take you on a pictorial tour, giving you a glimpse of her journey.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Hema Malini was born to a Tamil Iyengar family in Tiruchirapalli on October 16, 1948. Her mother, Jaya Chakravarthy, was a film producer. Hema Malini has two elder brothers.

School held little interest for the young Hema and she dropped out even before finishing tenth grade to become an actress.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Hema Malini first appeared as a dancer in the 1961 Telugu film Pandava Vanavasam.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
She made her Bollywood debut with the 1968 movie Sapnon Ka Saudagar, which also featured actor Raj Kapoor.

Hema Malini was promoted as the Dream Girl from the very start and that tag has stuck with her since.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Hema Malini was cast in a pivotal role in Johnny Mera Naam (1970), which went on to become a hit at the box office.

She began taking on challenging roles that many of her contemporaries refused.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Among her most successful movies was the blockbuster Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), in which she played a double role opposite Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
In 1975, Hema Malini made Bollywood history as part of the cast of landmark film Sholay, playing feisty tangewaali Basanti. She also left a lasting impression on the audience with her performance in movies like Trishul (1978), Naseeb (1981), and Razia Sultan (1983).
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Sholay was also a landmark in the famed Hema-Dharmendra love story. The couple married in 1980.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
The couple have two daughters - Esha and Ahana Deol.

Esha is a Bollywood actress who is married to businessman Bharat Takhtani, while Ahana is an Odissi dancer.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Marriage did not slow down Hema Malini's career and she appeared in some of her biggest hits - Kranti (1981) and Satte Pe Satta (1982) - after becoming Mrs Dharmendra.

Dharmendra and Hema Malini were paired opposite each other in films like Jugnu (1973), Dream Girl (1977), Alibaba Aur 40 Chor (1980), Baghavat (1982) and Razia Sultan (1983).
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Hema Malini also directed a film - Dil Aashna Hai, starring Divya Bharti and a very young Shah Rukh Khan - which was a flop. After this, she chose to concentrate on her dance commitments.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Hema Malini was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1999 for her contribution to Indian cinema.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
In 2003, she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. She formally joined the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) in 2004.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
Hema Malini is well-known for her classical dance performances, usually featuring both her daughters.
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
In 2003, Hema Malini made a comeback in Baghban, opposite co-star of old Amitabh Bachchan. She also had a cameo in Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara (2004).
Hema Malini is Still Bollywood\'s Dream Girl at 67
She was last seen in Tell Me O Khuda in 2011.

We wish Hema Malini a very happy birthday and a successful year ahead.

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