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on 2007/3/3 10:53:16

My father opposed marriage with Dharmendra, says Hema



The quintessential 'Dream Girl' of Hindi cinema, Hema Malini, has revealed in a new book that her father was strongly against her marriage with Dharmendra and when she tied the knot with the actor after his death, her mother was deeply hurt.

The actress-MP, who has fiercely guarded her private life from media glare, shares many intimate details of her life with journalist and film critic Bhawana Somaaya in 'Hema Malini - An Authorized Biography'.

This is perhaps the first time Hema candidly talks about her relationship with her parents, co-stars with whom she was linked with and her husband Dharmendra.

Hema says in the book that her father V.S.R. Chakravarti opposed the alliance with Dharmendra because he was convinced it would only bring doom. She married the actor after her father's death - a decision her mother, Jaya, didn't take kindly to.

'As far as I know, I have never intentionally hurt my mother. Except in my choice of marriage partner, perhaps. That was a tough decision for the entire family to accept. I guess the decision was inevitable,' said Hema.

'It was not as if he (Dharmendra) wooed me with roses or took me for moonlight drives. At times, I feel I was attracted to him because he was so much like my mother, strong and silent,' she added.

But, Hema says, neither age nor time has affected their love for each other.

'After all these years, he still looks at me like he did when we first met. He makes me feel special,' she said.

In the book, she also talks about her children and her twin passions of dance and acting. It archives virtually every phase of her life.

'To agree to a biography reflects a state of mind. It means you are ready to reflect on your past actions. Part of me was ready for the exercise for I believe that not analysing meant escaping. My daughters insisted that I should. At least this way they would connect with all that happened to me when they were not a part of my life,' said Hema.

Hema's journey to stardom was not an easy one. After being unceremoniously dropped from her first Tamil film as the director felt she didn't have 'star quality', she signed the Hindi film 'Saudagar' in which she was paired with Raj Kapoor when just 18. She soon conquered the hearts of all moviegoers with her beauty, grace and charisma. From 'Johnny Mera Naam' to 'Sholay', from 'Meera' to 'Baghbaan', she has portrayed a diverse range of characters.

'Hema Malini...' has been published by Roli Books (P) LTD and is priced at Rs.495. It is already in the market but the publishers are planning to formally launch it March 20.

source:yahoomovies




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    Dharmendra wanted to keep Esha away from showbiz

    2011/10/28 10:46:40

    New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Veteran actor Dharmendra admits he was never in favour of his daughter Esha Deol becoming an actress, but says that now he is proud of her.

    "I was not in favour of Esha joining the films as I was concerned whether she would be able to keep up with the pressures of the industry, but I am glad she could handle all that," Dharmendra told IANS.

    The father and daughter teamed up for just released "Tell Me O Khuda", which has been directed by Hema Malini.

    Bollywood News : Dharmendra wanted to keep Esha away from showbiz


    Hema Malini to produce film to help daughters

    2007/12/3 7:41:29

    Hema Malini is so worried about daughter Esha Deol's career that she is ready to start her own production house to kick start Esha's and second daughter Ahana's careers.

    "No one is able to use Esha properly. I want to produce a film where Esha will play the lead and Ahana will get into production. It's time Ahana got a chance to prove herself behind the camera," Hema told.

    "I must start a production house right now and get both our daughters involved. Even Dharam-ji (Dharmendra) feels it's important for me to give them that home start."

    Talk of Dharmendra and Hema's eyes light up. "Do you know he shares a terrific rapport with Ahana? He's very worried about what she'll finally do."

    "And he loves Esha so much. For the first time he typed out an SMS to send to her in South Africa when he couldn't get through on the phone. I checked with Esha to make sure she got it. It was a very precious moment for us."

    Hema said she is on the lookout for a good scriptwriter who can turn an idea she has in mind into a film starring her and Esha, "That's my top priority now."

    Bollywood News : Hema Malini to produce film to help daughters


    Esha Deol not open to arranged marriage

    2007/1/7 15:50:06

    Although her next movie has her playing a girl who marries a guy of her parents’ choice, Esha Deol is not game for arranged marriage in real life.

    Esha has reached a marriageable age. And her parents, Hema Malini and Dharmendra , have begun asking her about her plans to tie the knot. Esha is also not known to be dating anyone right now.

    However, a report quotes Esha as saying that she will not have an arranged marriage.

    Esha says she would like to know her man before making him a partner for life. She also added that she is always wary of getting intimate with strangers.

    Contrastingly, in her next movie Just Married , Esha plays a woman who has an arranged marriage with a man ( Fardeen Khan ) of her parents’ choice. The film is a tale of newly married couple’s awkwardness in their first month after wedding.

    Esha says although she does not endorse the idea of arranged marriage she relied upon the experiences of some of her close friends (who married arranged) for her role in the movie.

    As for her own marriage, Esha says she is in no rush.

    source:apunkachoice

    Bollywood News : Esha Deol not open to arranged marriage


    Marriage mayhem for starlets

    2006/7/15 12:30:31

    A spate of star marriages going on the rocks has left hot and sexy babes from Bollywood in a tizzy. They are now desperately looking for a model marriage they can look upto!

    Broken marriages of star Aamir Khan, Saif Ali, Pooja Bedi and many others have left a bad impression on the single celebs.

    So, who do our star singletons look upto as ideal couples? Let's find out...

    Soha Ali Khan finds her father Nawab Pataudi and mother Sharmila Tagore as a couple worth taking lessons for a happy marriage. "If I have to look at some one as a model couple, I think my parents get full marks for that. The kind of understanding, love and compassion they have for each other at all stages of being together, it's worth emulating. I believe respect for each other is the key to survival for martial joy. I find both of them giving respect to each other's feelings, emotions and decisions," explains Soha.

    'Dhoom' bombshell Esha Deol finds similar qualities in her dad Dharmendra and mom Hema Malini. She says, "Without any doubt my folks are the best in the world and they live every moment as a moment of marital bliss for them. I am more close to my father but I have seen both of them giving ample space to each other and at the same time having a strong bond of love to live together. They are my role models."

    Broken affairs is what's worrying screen goddess Priety Zinta who is dating Ness Wadia these days. "I wish my marriage turns out to be the one like my parents' marriage. They have seen severe ups and downs in life but still the marriage has remained unaffected and intact despite all worldly problems," states Zinta.

    source:hindusthantimes

    Bollywood News : Marriage mayhem for starlets


    Dharmendra to play romantic hero in "Metro"

    2007/4/24 8:48:48

    Bollywood actor Dharmendra has cast aside his action hero image to play a hopeless romantic, the director of his latest movie was quoted Tuesday as saying.

    In the new movie, ``Metro,'' the character played by Dharmendra, who uses one name, fails at first to win the affection of his college sweetheart played by well-known actress Nafisa Ali, but gets a second chance when they are much older.

    The film highlights younger couples who prioritize their careers over love. The movie is set to be released next month.

    ``Their story is an intense one,'' director Anurag Basu told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper. ``They could not be together in their youth but he cherished his love all through his life.''

    Dharmendra, 71, was one of India's biggest stars in the 1960-70s and has acted in some 240 films. Despite his tough-guy image, he is best remembered as a small-time thief who wears his heart on his sleeve in the 1975 movie ``Sholay'' - Bollywood's biggest hit ever. Since then he has played small roles in several movies.

    Basu promises to bring back the romantic hero.

    ``Dharmendra will be seen on the big screen after a long time with 'Metro' and he has done a terrific job as a die-hard romantic,'' said Basu. ``It is a delightful change from the he-man image he is associated with.''

    Dharmendra is married to popular Indian actress Hema Malini and one of their two daughters Esha Deol has followed her parents into the film industry. His sons from an earlier marriage - Sunny and Bobby Deol - are also actors in India's Bollywood film industry.

    Bollywood News : Dharmendra to play romantic hero in "Metro"


    Ahana Deol to debut with Esha

    2007/5/12 10:07:26

    With yesteryear's Dream Girl Hema Malini being mother and "Garam" Dharam aka Dharmandra her father, Ahana Deol came to Bollywood on a silver platter as it were. Elder sister and ear-marked actress Esha Deol, with whom she has done dance performances along with mother Hema, should have been a strong influence to take to acting as well but Ahana seems to be still camera shy. After all, Kareena took only a few months to follow in the dancing footsteps of sister Karisma Kapoor. That however does not rule her out behind the camera and so it is.

    Ahana Deol is all set to don the director's cap and will have Hema, Dharmendra and Esha as acting putty to be knuckled into shape in front of the camera. Ahana will, theoretically speaking at least, also have her three step-brothers, Sunny, Bobby and Abhay, also at her service if she chooses to cast them!

    Ahana is bracing up to direct a film about a man who faces hardships and emerges triumphant. The male lead has not yet been finalised (though actor Kunal Kapoor seems to be a strong candidate), but the female lead has already seen sister Esha signed in. Ahana has said that she never aspired to become an actress. "It's not my scene. I don't like the thought of wearing make-up. As it is I don't like to doll-up," she has been quoted as having said and that seems quite categorical. That should also sound like music to Dharmendra's ears as he has never been too happy with Esha donning make-up.

    Hema too has been very unhappy about how Esha's talent has not been exploited at all yet, and is therefore producing the film (she had produced and directed Dil Ashana Hai before) and having Esha's younger sibling taking up the reins to show the world what Esha is all about really. Though, didn't they say the story is about a male protagonist's struggle and triumph? So finally all his family has gone into acting!!!

    Bollywood News : Ahana Deol to debut with Esha


    No entry for media

    2007/11/21 13:01:34 The marriage of Arthi Agrwal with Ujjwal Kumar an NRI, was held in secret. The media rushed to the venue on learning about this. However, Arthi’s father and others did not allow the media to cover the marriage.

    The presence of Arthis’ parents and the groom’s friends and relatives indicates that it is an arranged marriage. When a reporter tried to sneak in to get a byte from Arthi, Sasank Agarwal, father of Arthi and some others manhandled him and prevented him from covering the marriage ceremony. The media blocked the car of Arthi Agarwal on the road and let her go only after her father apologized to the media.

    Andhra News : No entry for media


    Meet the father-son jodis on screen

    2007/6/28 7:05:53

    There's nothing like watching an authentic pair of daddy-son in the movies. The camaraderie and chemistry just shines through. Plus, the father and son combo also adds to the curiosity factor of the film.

    One such film featuring such a combo is Apne which sees Dharmendra playing reel life dad to sons Sunny and Bobby Deol.

    Dharmendra and Sunny Deol had starred in J P Dutta's multi-starrer, Kshatriya.

    And before that, the Jat father-son duo crossed swords, literally, in Mukul Anand's ambitious desert drama, Sultanat. The flaky script didn't offer them a chance to convey any beta-pitaji emotions.

    Let's hope we see more of them in Anil Sharma's forthcoming family flick.

    Bollywood News : Meet the father-son jodis on screen


    Producer most exploited member of a film unit: Hema

    2011/9/18 15:19:38

    New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Actress Hema Malini, who has just wrapped up her production and directorial venture "Tell Me O Kkhuda", feels that producers are the most exploited members of a film unit.

    "Mustering up the courage to conceive an idea of a film, gathering resources to invest in the project, ensuring proper release dates and flow of money, roping in the actors and technicians...it is the producer who takes up the monumental risk and accomplishes the herculean task of producing a film. Yet, he is the one who is taken for granted and the most exploited member of the film unit," Hema wrote on microblogging site Twitter.

    "My heart reaches out to all those small and medium filmmakers who put up with the tantrums of every member of his unit. He is, after all, the reason why a film is even made...," she further posted.

    Hema has made "Tell Me O Kkhuda" for her daughter Esha Deol and she also roped in her actor husband, Dharmendra, to act in the film that tracks the story of a girl in search of her roots.

    The cast includes Arjan Bajwa, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. It will release Oct 27.

    Bollywood News : Producer most exploited member of a film unit: Hema


    I wish to work with Hema again: Dharmendra

    2007/11/22 4:25:15

    It was 9.30 pm and we had waited for almost an hour by then. Soon, the man of the moment comes out of his suite at The HHI to say, “Please give me 10 minutes... my director has come in with the script.” You do so as the request comes from Dharmendra, one of the most macho men to have enthralled Hindi film viewers.

    These 10 minutes pass in speculation and the veteran actor is soon back, apologetic once again. The tiredness from his hectic journey from Mumbai shows on his face, but he still plays the perfect host. “Chai peeyenge?” he asks.

    The veteran still looks as energetic and sporting as he had been on screen four decades ago. “You still look so handsome” we say. “You mean more than Sunny and Bobby?” he asks with a smile.

    Nostalgia trip
    The matinee idol is in Kolkata for four-days for Jahnu Barua’s Har Pal and his love for the city comes through. The trip down memory lane begins with the shooting for Asit Sen’s Mamta in 1966, where Suchitra Sen was his co-star, New Theatres, Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and the other Bengali names linked to his career.

    “How is Suchitra Sen? She wasn’t well. She has been a great friend. I pray for Suchitra’s good health. I wish I could always visit her but I respect her privacy,” he says.

    “I can’t forget the chandeliers of Grand Hotel and the New Theatre’s office... Suchitra took me to the Kali temple in the wee hours. I would like to visit the place this time, too,” he says.

    Happy and content
    At his age, Dharmendra could have taken a sabbatical from films but this year has seen him in a new avatar. Three of his films — Apne, Johnny Gaddar and Life... In A Metro — have been hits. Is it a comeback? Probably not for a
    man who has been working without a break for five decades and has also romanced the heroines his sons have worked with.

    Apne will always remain special to him. It reflects in his eyes. “Apne to apne hote hai. It’s special working with Sunny and Bobby, but I always have done the film keeping in mind the character of Chaudhary Baldev Singh. I have never worked keeping in mind my co-stars but the character. When I was new I worked with a powerful actor like Nutan in Bandini who made me feel I was a doctor and not Dharmendra,” he says.

    Moving on
    Directors such as Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Chetan Anand and Mohan Saigal are people whom Dharmendra misses. He also feels nostalgic about acting with Nutan and Sharmila Tagore but his passion for cinema keeps him going.

    The veteran feels excited about working with the new breed of actors such as Priety Zinta and Shiney Ahuja, who feature in this film.

    In Har Pal, the actor will be seen in a different kind of role. He plays a drunkard who does not marry and whose life changes when he meets a girl. “It is a very true-to-life character. It is the girl’s story,” he says.

    Dharmendra, who promises to keep working for the sake of his huge fan following is a contented actor and father. “I do not feel proud, but I am happy with what life has given me,” he says. He has four home productions lined up — Chumku (with Bobby), Man (with Sunny), Masters (all three of them together) and Justice (a solo project).

    Deep down in his heart, there is the urge to work with Hema Malini again. “I have a great wish to work with Hema again and we are searching for a good script,” he signs off.

    Bollywood News : I wish to work with Hema again: Dharmendra


    Kids can't be carbon copy of parents: Esha

    2011/10/30 14:46:31

    New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Being a star child has its own pros and cons, says Esha Deol, the elder daughter of yesteryear stars Dharmendra and Hema Malini.

    "I don't take pressure on myself, people put pressure on me and it's not just. It could be Abhishek (Bachchan) or any other star kid. Right from our first film we are compared to our parents, who have done 200 films. Kids can't be a carbon copy of their father or mother," Esha told IANS.

    But the actress, who was seen in "Tell Me O Khuda", did point out the finer points of being a star child.

    "There is pressure, expectation, comparison but there is also a very nice thing -- being a star kid, we are always very protected and no one can mess around," she added.

    Bollywood News : Kids can't be carbon copy of parents: Esha


    Film ‘LBW’ deals about before marriage

    2010/11/17 1:31:51 Forthcoming film ‘LBW’ directed by S.Praveen nearing its completion. The film showcases the life before marriage and the consequent developments takes place after the marriage, with the decisions taken before marriage.

    Siddhu, Jonnalagadda, Abhijith, Asif, Chinamayi and Nishanthi are playing the lead roles in this movie. This film is co produced by S. Naveen and Debra Stone under A Working dream Productions banner.

    Currently, the film is in post production stage and is slated to release its audio in the next week and the film in next month.

    Camera: Sureshbabu and Andrew Red; Music: R. Anil; Lyrics: Krishna Chaitanya and M.Krishna; Editing: K.Dharmendra.

    Telugu Cinema News : Film ‘LBW’ deals about before marriage


    Family Charm

    2007/6/27 11:31:24

    In Kolkata to promote his upcoming film Apne, yesteryear’s superstar Dharmendra shows how age has not diminished his charm and why he can still give his sons a run for their money
    Express Features Service.

    If the mad rush to get into the room was anything to go by, then Dharmendra is still a heartthrob for the scores of women who turned up to see him. He may have aged, but has lost none of his charm and in Kolkata to promote his film Apne, he lost no time in enchanting his women admirers. Dharmendra was in town to promote the film along with his sons Sunny and Bobby. The hour-long wait certainly did not dampen the spirits of the admirers and for once the applause and catcalls were reserved not for the younger actors but for the older one.

    Apne, by Anil Sharma who also directed the Sunny Deol starrer Gadar, stars the three Deols for the first time together in a film, which the director says, is all about family bonding and values. Dharmendra stars, as a former boxer who wants his sons to become what he was unable to — the World Heavy Weight Championship. For the older Deol, this will be his second film after his come back in Anurag Basu’s Life... in a Metro. Yet, having stayed away from the limelight for the past few years, Dharmendra says, it does not feel he has been away for long. “When I faced the camera I had the same enthusiasm that I had before. I feel like I have been born for this.” But he acknowledges that things have changed in the film industry and though he feels that there are a lot of good directors today, the films churned out by them are not impressive. “They are what I would call ‘fast film’ —films that are made, watched and forgotten.”

    Coming back to Kolkata after a long time, Dharmendra says that the city holds a special place in his heart as one of his first films was the Suchitra Sen starrer Mamta. “That apart many of my films have been shot here, and I was a regular visitor to the city. I was in touch with Suchitra Sen and we used to talk over the phone.” But his Kolkata connection did not end with Sen, rather he went on to star in a number of films by Bengali directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee whom he calls a dear friend. “I cried, and cried and cried the day he died.”

    Of course, their were the inevitable queries of his doing films with Hema Malini, with an over enthusiastic member of the audience even suggesting a family film with the three Deols and Hema Malini. “We are waiting for the right script,” was his curt answer, while his sons sat sullenly by his side. With Papa Deol in full form, it was difficult for the younger Deols to say much, not that the female admirers seemed to mind. For them it was an evening well spent having a tete-a -tete with their favourite on-screen hero.

    Bollywood News :  Family Charm


    Hema Malini interview

    2011/10/21 15:07:30 She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and has wowed people with her dance moves. Little surprise then that actress and MP Hema Malini says she misses the elegance of classical dance in today's films.

    She also says that in their heyday, there was no question of correcting an actor's mistake in the post-production stage and they simply had to get it right.

    "I really miss classical dance in films, but I cannot have it. Who will watch it? Audience today likes 'Munni badnam', 'Sheila ki jawaani', 'Jalebi bai' kind of dances. Even the producers would never make a film on classical dance," Hema told IANS in a candid chat at PVR Director's Cut, a plush new cinema hall here.

    "There is so much vulgarity in songs. I don't like it at all," she added.

    The actress has not kept the art to herself. Her daughters Esha and Ahana Doel are accomplished Bharatanatyam dancers. All three have been performing on stage quite often.

    Hema is delighted to see dance reality shows that help provide a platform to people to showcase their talent. She would love to do something on similar lines, dedicated completely to classical dance, but is apprehensive.

    "I would love to make a show where you have all the classical dances like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, etc, but times have changed. We can hardly do anything as even television producers are not willing to take up a concept like that. None of the channels support me," said the 63-year-old, who is married to veteran star Dharmendra.

    There are many feathers in Hema's cap. Apart from being a good actor and dancer, she is a director as well as a producer.

    Her first film as a producer and director was "Dil Aashna Hai" in 1992, which had Shah Rukh Khan playing the lead role. After 19 years, Hema has once again donned the director's hat with her new film "Tell Me O Kkhuda", which stars Esha Deol, Arjan Bajwa, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna.

    What changes have she noticed in the field of direction and production over the years?

    "Direction has undergone a dramatic change. Technological advancement has taken film direction to a newer level. And it is important to make full use of it in the right way," said Hema, fondly called the "Dream Girl".

    However, she feels post-production has become quite expensive.

    "Many times I have seen, if something goes wrong and we tell the cameraperson that this is defective, they say 'don't worry everything would be corrected in post-production'. It not only becomes expensive but also time-consuming. This was not there before," said Hema, who has films like "Dream Girl", "Sholay", "Johny Mera Naam" and "Seeta Aur Geeta" to her credit.

    "Earlier, we had no option but to do everything completely correctly. I feel films made earlier were also of good quality. The girls were very beautiful at that time and that beauty would come alive on screen, whether it was Madhubala, Meena Kumari, even in black and white.

    "There was no technology at that time, they used to picturise it very well and the lighting was very nice. We don't see that beauty on screen any more. Today you cannot even see the heroine properly; in the fraction of a second the scene changes."

    Bollywood News : Hema Malini interview


    Ra.One won't affect our film: Hema Malini

    2011/9/20 8:11:08

    It's not as if people would want to watch only one film during Diwali, says Hema Malini who has decided to release her daughter Esha Deol's relaunch "Tell Me O Khuda" with Shah Rukh Khan's sci-fi "RA.One".

    "We had a meeting with the distributors and exhibitors on Friday. And we all decided to go for a Diwali release. I was advised against it since 'RA.One' is also releasing for Diwali. But it's not as if people would want to watch only one film during Diwali," said Hema.

    "If they like both they'll see them both. I personally think Diwali is a wonderful window for any auspicious film. Some of the biggest successes have happened during the festive season. So why not go for it?"

    Hema isn't afraid of the competition. "We've made an emotional father-daughter story. I don't think we need to fear competition from anyone."

    Apparently SRK has welcomed "Tell Me Of Khuda" with open arms into the Diwali release schedule.

    "Shah Rukh and Hemaji go back a long way. In fact, Hemaji was the first producer to sign Shah Rukh for 'Dil Aashna Hai' which she directed. Ever since then Shah Rukh has had the highest regard for Hemaji," said a source.(IANS)

    Bollywood News : Ra.One won't affect our film: Hema Malini


    Jr’s marriage date to be finalized tomorrow

    2011/2/12 11:21:05 Tomorrow is the D day for Jr. NTR, because elders of his family and his would-be Lakshmi Pranathi’s will meet at bride’s house to write down the ‘Lagna Patrika’ (wedding card) for their marriage. The muhurat for this ceremony is set to 8.05 am tomorrow. It is learnt that Jr’s marriage will be performed on 5th of May this year.

    Narne Srinivasa Rao, father of the bride has gifted a luxurious bungalow that costs Rs.20 crores in Hyderabad to Jr.NTR after the engagement. Most probably, the new couple may shift to this bungalow after their marriage.

    Telugu Cinema News : Jr’s marriage date to be finalized tomorrow


    I miss classical dance in today's films: Hema Malini

    2011/10/21 9:53:36

    New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and has wowed people with her dance moves. Little surprise then that actress and MP Hema Malini says she misses the elegance of classical dance in today's films.

    She also says that in their heyday, there was no question of correcting an actor's mistake in the post-production stage and they simply had to get it right.

    "I really miss classical dance in films, but I cannot have it. Who will watch it? Audience today likes 'Munni badnam', 'Sheila ki jawaani', 'Jalebi bai' kind of dances. Even the producers would never make a film on classical dance," Hema told IANS in a candid chat at PVR Director's Cut, a plush new cinema hall here.

    "There is so much vulgarity in songs. I don't like it at all," she added.

    The actress has not kept the art to herself. Her daughters Esha and Ahana Doel are accomplished Bharatanatyam dancers. All three have been performing on stage quite often.

    Hema is delighted to see dance reality shows that help provide a platform to people to showcase their talent. She would love to do something on similar lines, dedicated completely to classical dance, but is apprehensive.

    "I would love to make a show where you have all the classical dances like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, etc, but times have changed. We can hardly do anything as even television producers are not willing to take up a concept like that. None of the channels support me," said the 63-year-old, who is married to veteran star Dharmendra.

    There are many feathers in Hema's cap. Apart from being a good actor and dancer, she is a director as well as a producer.

    Her first film as a producer and director was "Dil Aashna Hai" in 1992, which had Shah Rukh Khan playing the lead role. After 19 years, Hema has once again donned the director's hat with her new film "Tell Me O Kkhuda", which stars Esha Deol, Arjan Bajwa, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna.

    What changes have she noticed in the field of direction and production over the years?

    "Direction has undergone a dramatic change. Technological advancement has taken film direction to a newer level. And it is important to make full use of it in the right way," said Hema, fondly called the "Dream Girl".

    However, she feels post-production has become quite expensive.

    "Many times I have seen, if something goes wrong and we tell the cameraperson that this is defective, they say 'don't worry everything would be corrected in post-production'. It not only becomes expensive but also time-consuming. This was not there before," said Hema, who has films like "Dream Girl", "Sholay", "Johny Mera Naam" and "Seeta Aur Geeta" to her credit.

    "Earlier, we had no option but to do everything completely correctly. I feel films made earlier were also of good quality. The girls were very beautiful at that time and that beauty would come alive on screen, whether it was Madhubala, Meena Kumari, even in black and white.

    "There was no technology at that time, they used to picturise it very well and the lighting was very nice. We don't see that beauty on screen any more. Today you cannot even see the heroine properly; in the fraction of a second the scene changes."

    Bollywood News : I miss classical dance in today's films: Hema Malini


    Wedding bells for Genelia

    2011/11/16 17:12:08 The 8 years long love affair between bubbly girl Genelia and Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh, after passing through a bumpy road has finally reached its ultimate goal-marriage. It came to know that Ritesh father Vilas Rao Deshmukh-the Chief Minister of Mahrashtra has finally gave his consent for their marriage recently. Their marriage will be performed on February 4th next year. Genelia said that she will continue in film industry even after marriage.

    Telugu Cinema News : Wedding bells for Genelia


    You'll like my song in Baabul: Big B

    2006/11/29 12:32:11 What do you think about the new film promotion ideas like online games?

    With new technology coming in and new inventions coming up obviously the marketing strategy has changed. How to present them and to make sure that a large number of people come in to watch films are made and every possible effort that goes into doing that. We are in a world where technology has progressed to a stage where you can access information and play games on mobile phones. If that promotes your film and you get more people to come and watch your movie then I think it’s wonderful.

    Tell us something about Baabul.

    Baabul is the story of rehabilitation of a young widow. A young girl in an accident and fate of fortune loses her husband. She is given an opportunity to relive her life on her own. I play a father who has lost his own son yet makes an every effort to see her happy. She is young and her entire life will get ruined if she doesn’t re-establish herself. He actually goes out, finds a mate for her and gives her a new life.

    Tell us something about your character in this movie.

    I am father-in-law who goes out despite the fact that he has lost his son, he rehabilitates his own daughter-in-law. He is a business man. They (he and Hema Malini) have a family, they have son and daughter-in-law, a grandchild, an elder brother and a very conservative older family which is totally opposed to the idea of rehabilitating widows. They have a widow in their own house that goes into the same process of traditional, almost ostracisation which is not like by my character. I make every effort to even encourage that widow to participate in functions which is opposed by the elder brother. But eventually, how he gets to rehabilitate his own daughter-in-law by finding a mate for her is what the film is about.

    How was it working with Ravi Chopra again?

    We have been friends for a very long time. I have worked for him when he did his first film Zameer under the BR banner. After a very long gap we did Baghban now we are doing Baabul and there are several other films in the pipeline. So we share a wonderful experience on the set. We are almost of same age. We have daughters and grandchildren so it’s wonderful to work in such an atmosphere. We understand each other very well. We give inputs to each other that go into the enhancement of the film.

    You have sung for the promotional music video. Tell us something about its music.

    Well, I don’t know whether it’s a music or promotional video. There is a song that I have sung in this film, which is a theme song. They shot a video that we will use for promotion. We have just finished the shooting. Hopefully it will be out soon and you will like it. I like all the seven songs of Baabul.

    source:sify

    Bollywood News : You'll like my song in Baabul: Big B


    Her parents opposed yet she turns call girl

    2010/12/31 17:16:20 Her parents opposed her decision to join the film industry. But, she not only goes against their wish but also now turns a call girl. She is the lone Telugu girl in Tollywood, Bindhu Madhavi. Her father who is a Government employee leads quite a normal life. When, Bindhu Madhavi shown interest in acting in the films, he and his wife have strongly opposed her idea. But, Bindhu Madhavi somehow managed to convince her parents and appears in Shekar Kammula’s unsuccessful film ‘Avakai Biryani.’ Though, the film commercially failed, she was able to get complements for her performance and glamour quotient from all over. Yet, she couldn’t make her way into Tollywood and still is struggling for a break.

    Noted director Goutham Menon who happens to watch her performance in ‘Avakai Biryani’ picked up her for his next Tamil film ‘Veppam.’ This might be great news for her, but not to her parents. Because, her parents who enjoy high respects in the society and belong to a traditional family were quite upset to know that their daughter is now going to act as a prostitute in that film, which is now considered to be a dream role for all the actresses in the industry!

    Telugu Cinema News : Her parents opposed yet she turns call girl


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