It’s Hema Malini’s birthday today and the evergreen diva turns 69. For the first time in the history of Bollywood, 50 noted celebrities from Indian film and music industry will be wishing Bollywood legendary actress Hema Malini on the occasion of her authorized biography ‘Beyond The Dream Girl’ written by veteran journalist and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
The "surprise" video will be specially played for media and noted dignitaries at the book launch in Mumbai. Published by Harper Collins India, the 300 odd pages comprises her journey since childhood to her recent political sojourn as MP of Mathura. The cover photograph has been shot by noted fashion photographer Vickky Idnaani.
"While we were planning the book launch on her birthday (October 16), we realized that Hemaji will be completing 50 years in this industry in 2018. So we decided to make it special for her, and took this herculean task to get 50 celebrities to wish her on her biography, birthday and Golden Jubilee year," says Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
A remix track from Pramod Chakraborty's DREAM GIRL has been composed specially for this video. The song been rendered by Vishesh Jain. The animation of Hema Malini's cover has been executed by Somnath Paul. The theme song for the making is created by Sunny Karmakar.
"It will be a very big surprise for Hemaji, because we have recorded bytes from people whom she would probably not expect," says Ram Kamal. Though he refused to reveal the list of 50 celebrities, our source revealed that, the video will feature legends like Amitabh Bachchan to youngster Arjun Kapoor, from veteran Vyjainthimala Bali to glam girl Kriti Sanon, from designer Neeta Lulla to choreographer Shaimak Davar, from legends like Lata Mangeshkar to Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan, from playback singers like Kavita Krishnamurthy to Babul Supriyo, from veteran Ramesh Sippy to National award winning Madhur Bhandarkar, a whole galaxy of stars will be wishing "dreamgirl" and author Ram Kamal Mukherjee biography.
Fashion photographer Vickky Idnaani has shot the cover of the book, afterword by Ramesh Sippy, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written the foreword.
Here’s what few celebs have to say about Hema Malini:
“Hema is like my younger sister. I have always admired her for her grace and beauty. Recently she shared her music album with me. I was surprised to hear her voice. She is so melodious. Wishing her long and healthy life” – Lata Mangeshkar
“Hemaji you have set really high benchmark for all of us. 50 years in this industry is not an easy number to achieve. I am so so looking forward to read your biography written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee” – Vidya Balan
“Hello Hemaji, you have been our inspiration. I have fond memories of you as a kid, as we grew up with Esha and Ahaana. I am really looking forward to read your biography Beyond The Dreamgirl” – Arjun Kapoor