Hema Malini says few roles for older women in Bollywood
Hema Malini is tired of being typecast in Indian cinema where the roles for older women are limited, according to a news report Friday.
Malini, 58, has played mother to younger actors for several years and is now being offered grandmother roles.
"It's not that I am flooded with offers everyday," she told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper Friday. "I am offered the regular 'mummy' type of roles in Bollywood, and now people have started offering me grandmoms' roles too."
The actress, who is a member of parliament and a classical dancer, prefers to keep busy doing other things than working in mediocre movies.
"I keep myself engaged with other creative work and I don't need to do rubbish films."
Malini, who has appeared in more than 130 Hindi-language movies in the last 40 years, was a major star in the 1970-80s, when she was christened "Dream Girl" after she played the lead in a movie by the same name.
She says none of her contemporaries work anymore so she is usually cast opposite movie legend Amitabh Bachchan with whom she shares screen space in "Baabul" or "Parent's Home," which was released Friday.
"Where are the heroes to star opposite me? None of the actors from my generation, except Amitabh, are working," said Malini. "If I do a film I need someone as big as Amitabh opposite me."
Hema Malini has extended her full support to Women's Baseball Federation of India (WBFI). The film actress-turned-politician has also accepted the post of chief patron of the federation on Sunday.
WBFI chairman Deepak Joshi echoed the sentiments of Hema Malini that there was a need to change the mindset of society towards women
The organisers are confident that with Hema Malini joining WBFI, the sport would give a boost to women across all sports disciplines, all which have been facing neglect so far.
The WBFI has started the first ever Baseball Academy for providing training to players from March 14 in Chandigarh. The WBFI has branched out of the Baseball Federation of India (BFI).
The WBFI and the BFI will be holding Baseball Nationals for men and women from Feburary 21 in Chandigarh and will hold the World Women Baseball Championship in October. Eight countries are expected to take part in the event.
2011/2/12 8:09:24 Puri Jagannath’s ambitious project ‘Buddha’ with Big B Amitabh Bachchan is scheduled to start its regular shooting from 28th of this month. Earlier, Kollywood actress Tabu was selected to pair with Amitabh Bachchan in this film. But, the latest development is, she has been replaced by ‘Dream girl’ Hema Malini, who once ruled the Bollywood as its glamour queen. This change is because the producer of the film Ram Gopal Varma has opined that, Hema Malini makes a good combination for Amitabh Bachchan rather than the south Indian actress Tabu who is not so familiar face in Hindi belt.
So, it came to know that, when Hema Malini was approached by Puri Jagannath, she is very happy to sign his film as it was a long to play a full length of role in films. Hema Malini nowadays is confined to her classical dance performances touring all over India and abroad.
Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon is also acting in this film.This is the first film for Puri Jagannath to direct a Hindi film that too with such big stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. This film is produced by RGV in association with Amitabh Bachchan’s AB Corporation and Motion Pictures.
2011/11/1 15:05:08 (IANS) Hema Malini says that her directorial venture "Tell Me O Kkhuda", which was relaunch pad for her daughter Esha Deol, is not a box office failure.
"It's you people (media) who says it flopped. 'Tell Me O Kkhuda' is doing well and it did not flop as you people are saying. Unlike 'RA.One', it has very less print so it is doing well accordingly," Hema Malini Tuesday told reporters at a press meet before the function to celebrate 56th Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day.
"Tell Me O Kkhuda", Hema's second directorial venture after 1992 movie "Dil Aashna Hai", was received with not so supportive reviews. Also, the viewers were more excited about Shah Rukh Khan's sci-fi superhero film.
The state is running Beti Bachao Andolan and Hema Malini, mother of two daughters, said: "I will do a 20-minute show and will present how women were treated in earlier times and how their conditions have changed now."
She added that she is lucky to have daughters - Esha and Ahana - and that "I have no wish of having sons as I know, I will get two jamais (sons-in-law) because of my daughters."
Hema Malini, a Rajya Sabha member, was taken off guard when journos asked her whether she is charging for her performance at the Madhya Pradesh day celebrations or was doing it for free?
"Why would I do it for free. There is an entire team who works with me," she replied in surprise, adding, "But yes, I am charging a nominal fees."
Madhya Pradesh is is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, Hema Malini has been elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, another BJP ruled state, and is a vice-president of the party.
Bhopal, Oct 28 (IANS) Bollywood actor and Rajya Sabha Member Hema Malini and playback singer Asha Bhosle will Tuesday perform on the 56th foundation day of Madhya Pradesh here, the state government said Friday.
The function will take place at Lal Parade Ground here, Cultural Minister Laxmikant Sharma said.
While Hema Malini will present her drama 'Durga', Asha Bhosle will sing with her group.
Invitation cards will be sent on behalf of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to every household here, Sharma said.
The Madhya Pradesh government which is running a campaign to save the girl child in the state, has made the theme of the function as 'Beti' (daughter).
Cultural programmes will be presented focusing on women's creative power and capabilities.
The Morani Group, which had displayed fireworks at the Commonwealth Games last year, will hold fireworks at the function.
It will be followed by an optical 3-D laser show on women's creativity and capabilities.
After 15 years, Hema Malini has started refurbishing her production house and roped in Revathi to direct her film which stars Rekha and her own daughter Esha.
After 15 years, Hema Malini has started refurbishing her production house and roped in Revathi to direct her film. She has already signed Rekha and her own daughter Esha in the film. There was also a buzz that Abhishek Bachchan is roped in for the film. However, a reliable source confirms that Abhishek is not a part of this project.
Also, unlike the rumors, which say that the shoot will start next month, this untitled film will go on floors only by next year.
It is learnt that the subject is women-centric and deals with mother and daughter relationship. Hema wanted Revathi to handle this project as she felt that a woman director would be able to relate to the mother-daughter subject better. This will be Revathi’s third directorial venture. Mitr-My Friend and Phir Milenge; her preceding endeavours had been largely acclaimed.
Hema Malini in Chennai with Kapil Dev, talks sports
Yesteryear actress Hema Malini was in Chennai for the launch of the Hallmark's Golden County Township and Neo International Sports Academy's Sports County on Friday.
“Chennai is my home. I'm very happy to be here,” Hema Malini said.
Cricketer Kapil Dev is perhaps the right person to endorse the Sports County. But where does Hema Malini fit-in in this sporty affair?
"It's not about sports, it's also about home. I'm glad to know they're converting ancestral properties for the benefit of common people. Now every city is becoming congested. So it's good that they're building a township a little away from the city,” the actress said.
After a jewellery brand and now real estate; so does she prefer playing the role of a brand ambassador?
"We're a celebrity right. So when we wear something, people look up to it-even if it's a small earring. If it's interesting, they try to copy and make it,” Hema Malini said.
When asked what her ideal home would be like, the actress said, “Personally, I like to live in a Bungalow. I've always lived in a bungalow. I can't think of myself living in a flat-it's small and congested. I feel personally I need to live in an open environment with lots of plants and trees and lawn. That's how I live in Mumbai and in Chennai also.”
Veteran actress Hema Malini, who launched her TV show "Maati Ki Banno" last year, says television today has become tough and time consuming.
"After 'Dil Ashna Hai' I did TV serial 'Woman of India'. I made around 30-35 episodes and also acted in it. But now it is too much time consuming and very very tough to make a TV serial," Hema told IANS.
"You work on it so hard just like any other film and you see it only once. That's why I feel very sad for all the actors because they are performing day in and day out so beautifully," she added.
"Maati Ki Banno" went off air as it failed to attract audiences.(IANS)
2006/12/5 18:50:13 'Mum first' is the mantra Hema Malini swears by. The lady on her daughters – Esha's love for art and what makes Ahana angry.
She makes for the sexiest mother, on screen or off screen. And despite her actor-danseuse status, being a sitting MP and the tag of dreamgirl, Hema Malini describes herself as a mother first. So much so that the otherwise reticent lady opens up immediately once you mention the names of her daughters Esha and Ahana.
"Esha is doing exceedingly well and that makes me happy. But Esha is an artiste too and used to make wonderful paintings, when she was in school. A few days back, I learnt that some actresses are managing their films and painting as a hobby. Now, I keep suggesting the same thing to Esha as well, but she is only interested in Bollywood," says Hema, looking a tad worried.
When it comes to younger daughter Ahana, Hema says, "She is studying film direction and doesn't like it if I divulge much about her. And if the details are not completely right, she gets very angry."
Like mother, like daughter? After all, Hema is not the most forthcoming interviewee as well. Ask her about her political career and all she is ready to say is, "I am a parliamentarian and not a politician. I am an artiste and prefer to remain just that."
And what about Ramu's GenX take on Basanti in his Sholay? "No comments," she says, adding, "I am not too fond of remakes".
Point taken, especially as Hema is of the view that perfection cannot be improved. Her mantra for remaining sexy even today is, "Beauty is God's gift, the minimum you can do is to keep it as it is forever."
2011/11/11 17:28:26 (IANS) Yesteryears actresses Hema Malini and Jaya Prada will be honoured with Aadhi Aabadi Women Achievers awards for their contribution to Indian cinema.
The award aims at recognise women who have achieved success and emerged as role models.
"It's an achievement in itself to be able to honour legends like Hemaji and Jayaji", said Dinesh Kumar of Dinesh Telefilms, organiser of the awards.
Apart from Hema and Jaya, TV actress Juhi Aslam, popularly known for her role as Bharti, a dwarf girl, in Imagine TV's "Baba Aiso Var Dhoondo", beauty expert Vandana Luthra and producer-actress Deepti Bhatnagar will be honoured.
Actress Zohra Sehgal, 99, will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award.
Chief Minister Sheila Dixit and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar would present the awards.
The guest list includes Raj Babbar, Navin Jindal, Raju Kher, Suniti Yadav and Pradeep Jain, Union Minister of State for Rural Development.
The awards function will be held Nov 18 at Kamani Auditorium.
2011/2/27 17:35:32 Veteran Bollywood actress Hema Malini has filed her nomination papers for Rajya Sabha seat as a BJP candidate from Karnataka state. M.Siddhappa a renowned literate of Karnataka state has also filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate for Rajya Sabha seat from the same place.
Famous Kannada actor and story writer Girish Karnad who supports M.Siddhappa has stated “Hema Malini who is seeking a re-entry into Rajya Sabha from Karnataka has nothing to do with this state. She knows nothing about our state, language, traditions and people’s requirements. Yet, she thinks that she can represent the state in Rajya Sabha! She is a fool. I think, her co-star Shabana Ajmi is far better than her. She actively participates in political and social service activities. But, Hema Malini has always proved that she is good at acting, but indeed a wrong selection for Rajya Sabha nomination. Her track record as Rajya Sabha member for the last six years proves the same. She did nothing for the people or the film industry during her six year tenure. Yet, she wants to be nominated for Rajya Sabha seat again."
Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta, who has conquered a million hearts in her home state, is a multifaceted performer with a passion for writing and handicrafts who says Hema Malini is her inspiration.
When asked her how she manages it all, she said: 'I believe if you have passion for something you will automatically create time for it. Look at Hemaji ... she is such a successful actress, she has directed and produced TV serials and she is a dancer too. I really look up to her for her multi-tasking ability and I have the highest regards for her.'
However, she feels it not so easy to create a niche in Bollywood, reports Bollywood Trade.
'The work culture is pretty much the same but it is quite difficult to make a name for yourself in Bollywood. I am working hard and giving my best shot.'
Apparently her parents were not too happy with her decision to pursue a career as an actress.
'My parents still have reservations about it. I was studying then but I always wanted to be an actress. I want to make my parents and audience proud.'
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 Dream Girl Hema Malini was thrilled when she was presented with her life-size portrait by noted painter brothers Krishn and Govind Kanhai at a function here Monday evening.
"I am absolutely delighted and thrilled by this painting," said a smiling Hema, thanking the Kanhai brothers for the painting. The actress, who is an accomplished dancer and also a member of the Rajya Sabha, is shown seated, wearing a traditional multi-coloured sari, in the painting.
The brief presentation ceremony was held at the Nehru Centre in south-central Mumbai in the presence of the city's glitterati and art aficionados, including Pratibha Advani, daughter of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani.
Govind, the younger Kanhai sibling, told IANS that the oil canvas took 40 days to complete with the help of older brother Krishn.
"Hema is an old family friend, a great dancer who loves art and she has a golden heart. She mentioned once jocularly why we did not make her painting. So we took up the challenge and she even posed for us for this work," Govind explained.
A five-day-long Kanhai painting exhibition is being held here, after a gap of four years. It closes Tuesday. On display is a rare painting worth Rs.20 million depicting Hindu gods Krishna and Radha.
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.
2011/9/19 19:31:15 The dhak dhak girl who held her sway on Bollywood for over a decade is shifting her base from America to Mumbai. Sri Devi too is busy seen in Bollywood circles and attending some functions.
The common factor between the two, industry insiders say, is they have two children each and may be they want to introduce the kin early to the industry. Madhuri did have a second innings and played meaty roles in Aaja Nachle and Devdas besides being an anchor for a dance show.
It remains to be seen, will they play Hema Malini or is it otherwise. (INN)
Hema Malini has been working on a script for her home production for a long time. The script is ready but Hema is not satisfied with the climax. She is looking for a female script writer who can give her the perfect ending. Work on the film will commence once she finds the right climax to the story.
The film will star daughter Esha Deol in the lead role. Veteran actress Rekha as agreed to play the role of Esha’s mother in the film. While the hero has not yet been finalized, our source tells us that Abhisekh Bachchan is the first choice as hero for the film.
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)
2011/11/14 0:51:25 (IANS) Working in Bollywood is a demanding job, says Hema Malini adding that this is the reason why she was not very keen on her daughter Esha Deol joining filmdom as an actress.
"It is difficult to survive in the industry. You have to go through so much in this career. You have to be successful, but if your movies don't work you are sad and then there comes a burden to do much better. You have to keep working harder and harder, emotionally it disturbs a lot," said Hema.
"In other professions, it is not noticeable. Here you are immediately in the eyes of people that's why I was not very keen. I wanted her to do something else, something like interior designing, or be a dancer, but she wanted to act and everyone should be given an opportunity. She is indeed a very fine actress," she added.
Hema re-launched Esha with her directorial venture "Tell Me O Kkhuda" but the film could not put a lasting impression on the audiences.