DREAM JOURNEY! Hema Malini turns 64

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Hema Malini is best known as Bollywood's dream girl. But there's more to Hema than just films. A successful politician, a mesmerising classical dancer and a doting mother, Hema Malini at 64 continues to spin magic. Here's capturing the actor's journey on her birthday.

Hema Malini is best known as Bollywood's dream girl. But there's more to Hema than just films. A successful politician, a mesmerising classical dancer and a doting mother, Hema Malini at 64 continues to spin magic. Here's capturing the actor's journey on her birthday.

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Abhinetri, directed by Subodh Mukherjee pairs Hema Malini with Shashi Kapoor. Isn't the chemistry crackling.

Abhinetri, directed by Subodh Mukherjee pairs Hema Malini with Shashi Kapoor. Isn't the chemistry crackling.

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Hema Malini is a trained Bharatanatyam artist, a classical dance of India. Her daughters are well trained in the same dance form; the three have performed together at charity dance concerts.

Hema Malini is a trained Bharatanatyam artist, a classical dance of India. Her daughters are well trained in the same dance form; the three have performed together at charity dance concerts.

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Hema Malini's Lux ad can still give any actor run for her money. She also looks like a dream in the ad of Kent purifier. She is one of the three brand ambassadors of Pothys, a textile showroom in Chennai.

Hema Malini's Lux ad can still give any actor run for her money. She also looks like a dream in the ad of Kent purifier. She is one of the three brand ambassadors of Pothys, a textile showroom in Chennai.

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Hema fell in love with her co-star Dharmendra during the filming of Sholay. She eventually married him in 1980. Before they married, they both converted to Islam, since Dharmendra was already married to Prakash Kaur.

Hema fell in love with her co-star Dharmendra during the filming of Sholay. She eventually married him in 1980. Before they married, they both converted to Islam, since Dharmendra was already married to Prakash Kaur.

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Hema Malini was the queen of masala movies of her time. She delivered numerous blockbusters including Seeta Aur Geeta, Johnny Mera Naam, Satte Pe Satta and Sholay.

Hema Malini was the queen of masala movies of her time. She delivered numerous blockbusters including Seeta Aur Geeta, Johnny Mera Naam, Satte Pe Satta and Sholay.

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Hema Malini also delved into off-beat movies like Lal Razia Sultan, Meera. She played the role of a young widow in Andaaz and in Lal Patthar she played a character with negative shades.

Hema Malini also delved into off-beat movies like Lal Razia Sultan, Meera. She played the role of a young widow in Andaaz and in Lal Patthar she played a character with negative shades.

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Hema Malini made her debut opposite Raj Kapoor with Sapno Ka Saudagar.

Hema Malini made her debut opposite Raj Kapoor with Sapno Ka Saudagar.

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Hema played double role in Seeta Aur Geeta opposite Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar.

Hema played double role in Seeta Aur Geeta opposite Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar.

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She also acted in female-centric movies like Kinara (1977) and Meera (1979), directed by Gulzar.

She also acted in female-centric movies like Kinara (1977) and Meera (1979), directed by Gulzar.

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Appearing in over 150 films in a career span of 40 years, she has starred in a large number of successful films, and her performances in both commercial and arthouse cinema

Appearing in over 150 films in a career span of 40 years, she has starred in a large number of successful films, and her performances in both commercial and arthouse cinema

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Hema Malini is a member of India's Bharatiya Janata Party and was nominated member by the party in Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament during 2003-2009.

Hema Malini is a member of India's Bharatiya Janata Party and was nominated member by the party in Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament during 2003-2009.

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Hema Malini looks cheerful at Esha-Bharat's sangeet ceremony. (HT/Amlan Dutta)

Hema Malini looks cheerful at Esha-Bharat's sangeet ceremony. (HT/Amlan Dutta)

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Hema also directed a film, Dil Aashna Hai which was a commercial failure and her career tapered off as she chose to concentrate more on her dance ballets and Television serial.

Hema also directed a film, Dil Aashna Hai which was a commercial failure and her career tapered off as she chose to concentrate more on her dance ballets and Television serial.

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The first biography of Malini, Diva Unveiled-Hema Malini, was written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee and first published in 2005.

The first biography of Malini, Diva Unveiled-Hema Malini, was written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee and first published in 2005.

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Hema Malini's jodi and Amitabh Bachchan was much-appreciated by audience in Baghbaan.

Hema Malini's jodi and Amitabh Bachchan was much-appreciated by audience in Baghbaan.

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In 2000, she was presented with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2000, she was presented with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Even after marriage, Hema Malini continued to work in films like Kranti, Naseeb, Satte Pe Satta and Vijay Anand's Rajput.

Even after marriage, Hema Malini continued to work in films like Kranti, Naseeb, Satte Pe Satta and Vijay Anand's Rajput.

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Hema Malini with Shatrughan Sinha.

Hema Malini with Shatrughan Sinha.

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Dharmendra-Hema pair appeared together in films like Seeta Aur Geeta, Dreamgirl, Charas and The Burning Train.

Dharmendra-Hema pair appeared together in films like Seeta Aur Geeta, Dreamgirl, Charas and The Burning Train.

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In Johnny Mera Naam (1970), she was cast in a more pivotal role and the film became a blockbuster. She took challenging roles which most of the heroines of the 1960s refused to do.

In Johnny Mera Naam (1970), she was cast in a more pivotal role and the film became a blockbuster. She took challenging roles which most of the heroines of the 1960s refused to do.

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Amitabh and Hema in a still from Baghbaan.

Amitabh and Hema in a still from Baghbaan.

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Veteran actress Hema Malini along with daughter and actress Esha Deol and son-in-law Bharat Takhtani at Big B's 70th birthday bash.

Veteran actress Hema Malini along with daughter and actress Esha Deol and son-in-law Bharat Takhtani at Big B's 70th birthday bash.

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Hema Malini at her graceful best during India International Jewellery Week 2012. (Photo: AFP)

Hema Malini at her graceful best during India International Jewellery Week 2012. (Photo: AFP)

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Bollywood actor Hema Malini with her dance troupe performing "Radha Krishna" ballet organised by FICCI FLO, in Jaipur. (UNI)

Bollywood actor Hema Malini with her dance troupe performing "Radha Krishna" ballet organised by FICCI FLO, in Jaipur. (UNI)

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Parents of the bride Dharmendra and Hema Malini wait for the baraat.

Parents of the bride Dharmendra and Hema Malini wait for the baraat.

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Hema Malini looks gorgeous in her traditional attire at Esha Deol's wedding.

Hema Malini looks gorgeous in her traditional attire at Esha Deol's wedding.

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Hema Malini at Esha-Bharat's mehendi ceremony.

Hema Malini at Esha-Bharat's mehendi ceremony.

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BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Hema Malini during the party's national executive meeting in Mumbai. PTI/Mitesh Bhuvad

BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Hema Malini during the party's national executive meeting in Mumbai. PTI/Mitesh Bhuvad

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Hema Malini poses with daughter Esha Deol and son-in-law Bharat Takhtani at the duo's engagement.

Hema Malini poses with daughter Esha Deol and son-in-law Bharat Takhtani at the duo's engagement.

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