Veteran actor and politician Hema Malini is celebrating her 71st birthday today. The Dream Girl of Bollywood was hailed as the most popular actor of her time. Be it Basanti in Sholay or Pooja from Baghban, Malini has always fascinated us with her acting and looks. On the occasion of her 71st birthday, here we are with some of the actor’s timeless looks that wowed us.
Hema Malini saw many milestones in her long career, but none like Seeta Aur Geeta (1972). She played a double role in this movie and the film was widely successful at the box office. The film features Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in the lead roles. Hema Malini won Best Actress award at 20th Filmfare awards for this film.
Playing the village belle in the movie Sapno Ka Saudagar, Hemaji looked like a diva in a lehenga choli with her hair parted on one side. Helmed by Mahesh Kaul, the film features Raj Kapoor, Tanuja, and Nadira along with Hema Malini. This was the first movie which gave her the name "Dream Girl". Originally the film was offered to Vjaynthimala, but she refused and thus the film marked Hema’s debut into Bollywood.
Hema Malini and Dharmendra’s Jugnu was released in 1973. Fans loved the candid romance between Hema and Dharmendra in this film. Hema Malini sported a big black hat with curls for one of the movie sequences. The movie went on to become a box office superhit and become the second highest-grossing film of 1973. The film was remade in Telugu as Guru in 1980.
Don't we all love Hema Malini as Pooja in Baghban? Directed by Ravi Chopra, the film has Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role while Salman Khan played a supporting role. The tale is of Raj and Pooja Malhotra (AB and Hema) who are forced to separate because none of their four sons can afford to take care of them together. Hema Malini was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actress and IIFA Awards for Best Actress for the film.
Naseeb, Johny Mera Naam, Satte Pe Satta, Trishul, Kranti, and Kinara are some of the other superhit movies of Hema Malini. The actor was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and Padma Shri in 2000. The dancing diva created magic with every film that she did in her Bollywood journey. Even at the age of 71 today, she is enormously loved by her fans and ruling the hearts of millions.
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