The actress won her first Filmfare Award for her movie SEETA AUR GEETA where she was cast opposite Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in a double role.
She starred in films like SANYASI, DHARMATMA, PRATIGYA, SHOLAY, TUM HASEEN MAIN JAWAN, NAYA ZAMANA and others. Her role as Basanti in SHOLAY became one of the most popular character in Bollywood films and the film became a blockbuster hit. This diva of Bollywood was bold enough to portray such roles which other actresses of her time refused to do. She played the role of a young widow in ANDAAZ and in LAL PATTHAR she played a character with negative shades.
After taking a break from films for a number of years, Hema made a comeback with BAGHBAN in 2003 where she was cast opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Wishing the diva her daughter and Bollywood actress Esha Deol tweeted: 'Happy birthday mamma! Love u :)'