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Hema Malini - Numero Uno Dream Girl
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Can one imagine that the only ‘dream girl’ of India, inspite of having two daughters, has not been dislodged from the mantle of the same that was given to her thirty nine years ago, inspite of the fact that she is just one year away from becoming a senior citizen? When she celebrates her birthday today, Hema Malini would be rather pleased that after the debut she made in SAPNO KA SAUDAGAR opposite none other than Raj Kapoor that her career in the Hindi film industry continues to gain new frontiers on a yearly basis. Hema Malini has also a line of furnishing named after called ‘Dream Line’ launched by the future group as a tribute to her ‘Dream Girl’ image.
She would probably be the only heroine who having made her debut opposite Raj Kapoor, serenaded with aplomb Dev Anand and Rajendra Kumar, as also Shammi Kapoor and still continues to serenade Amitabh Bachchan in the prime of her life, and gives her juniors the run for their money in the films in which she acts, be it in YUDDH or BAGHBAAN difference between these films being more than 17 years.
One of the finest exponents of Bharat Natyam dance form, Hema Malini was probably the first actress who brought about a refreshing effervescence to any roles that she did and her swan song as far as the dance based role was concerned was Gulzar produced and directed MEERA. She was also the first star who introduced the concept of double role for a heroine in two different settings, one in a relatively submissive condition, and other in a tomboyish status.
She has enacted in a very few films of the arty type, but whenever she has done so, she has established the credentials with aplomb as was evident in Gulzar's KINARA, KHUSHBOO, and worth mentioning is Aruna Raje's RIHAEE, a film way ahead of times as it explored the female sexuality of the women who are left behind by their husbands who venture out for work. The film could become a landmark primarily owing to the manner in which Hema Malini was able to portray the anguish of a lady. Besides, these films were done by her when she was at the prime of her career as a glamour girl, but she had the courage to do deglamorized roles.
Be it SHOLAY or NASEEB or SATTE PE SATTA the role of flamboyance that she has enacted on the Indian Hindi screen is still a feat unmatched so far. It was role as a police inspector in ANDHA KANOON which set the trend for her contemporaries to experiment with this genre as well.
Never before and never after till date has there been set the quotient of beauty as a standard for comparative physical infrastructure of a state. May she complete the golden jubilee of her association with the Indian cinema.