Actor and classical dancer Hema Malini says her inspiration for dance is veteran actor, Vyjayanthimala. “My all-time favourite is one and only Vyjayanthimala. I admire her and have always tried to follow in her footsteps. She is over 70 but is still perfect and dances so well. She is a great inspiration for me,” Hema said at a press conference ahead of Jaya Smriti, an annual dance festival dedicated to her mother.
This year, the festival will celebrate women power. It started on November 16, but was put on hold owing to the death of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra. Now, the remaining performances will take place on December 26 and 27. Hema, who’ll perform dance ballet Mahalakshmi and Durga during the festival, feels girls should continue to dance even after marriage. “Esha performed with me two months back. My son-in-law is great. He sends her here to practice with me. She can continue dancing as long as she wants to. I would be more than happy to welcome her,” said Hema.