Bollywood fraternity came together today for their very own Dream Girl, Hema Malini. The senior actor and BJP MP launched her authorized biography, Beyond The Dream Girl on her 69th birthday.
Several celebrities from the Indian film and music industry were present to wish Hema Malini and to express their affection for one of the most beautiful actors that has graced the big screen.
Amitabh Bachchan, who has worked with her in several memorable films, shared anecdotes from their younger days. Lata Mangeshkar also revealed how she was surprised to discover Malini’s singing talent when the latter gifted her music album to the singing legend.
Hema Malini, in her book, Beyond The Dream Girl talks about her interaction with superstar, Rajesh Khanna. It seems the two did not get along very well initially, and both thought the other was “too arrogant”.
Excerpt from Beyond The Dream Girl…I don’t know what the issue was but something was amiss with Rajesh Khanna. He would behave strangely with me in the initial days. No doubt he was the reigning superstar and women would adore him for his charm. But I didn’t give him any special bhaav as a co-actor. People around him would often tell him false stories about me. And the same set of people would come to me and tell me stories about him. Rajesh thought that I was arrogant while I thought that he was too full of himself. But eventually we broke the ice when we started working together in back-to-back movies.
You can read many such anecdotes in the book.
“While planning the book launch on her birthday (October 16), we realised that Hemaji will also be completing 50 years in the film industry in 2018. So, we decided to make it special for her, and took on this Herculean task of roping in 50 celebrities to wish her on her birthday as well as golden jubilee,” says journalist-producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee who has written the book.