Posts tagged HEMA MALINI
DNA (April 21, 2013)
For Bollywood aficionados, it can’t get any better. Two of Indian cinema’s greatest screen queens Vyjanthimala and Hema Malini, both Tamil Brahmins and no. 1 dancer-actress of their times, would be dancing together in what is being described in cultural circles as a historic union.
Vyjanthimala, 76, considered a trailblazer in her times, is still active on stage as one of India’s foremost Bharat Natyam exponent. Hema Malini, 60, is not only one of India’s most prominent Bharat Natyam danseuse but also a self-proclaimed unabashed fan of Vyjanthimala. Hema has nursed a secret dream of dancing with her idol for many years.
Gushes the Dream Girl, “I’ve only one idol. And that’s Vyjanthimala. I’ve modelled my entire career and lifestyle on her. When I was a young girl I used to fantasise that I had an elder sister and that sister was Vyjanthimala. Later in life when I met her I couldn’t believe my luck that I was actually face to face with her. We became close friends. And now when she tells people that Hema is her younger sister I feel my dream has come true. Do you know, Vyjanthiji hardly goes anywhere. But she flew into Mumbai from Chennai for Esha’s wedding.”
About the concert Hema reluctantly reveals, “Yes, we are planning to come together on stage just once very shortly. I don’t want to say anything right now. Kisiki nazar lag jayegi.”
While the details of this epoch-making dance recital to be held in Chennai are being worked out one thing is for More >
As Indian Cinema completes a glorious 100 years, we kick-start a series by top women artistes on what it means to make a mark in a male-dominated industry
MUMBAI MIRROR (April 19, 2013)
Hume muhn chhupane ke liye do hazaar rupiya milta hai aur muhn dikhane ke liye hazaar rupiya – Aajke din mein yeh rate hai (We get Rs 2000 to hide our faces and Rs 1000 to show our faces – that is the current rate),” says Reshma, a female stunt artiste who specialises in horse riding.
She earns more as a body double, where she is required to hide her face as compared to what she gets for playing minor but original roles. In the industry of cinema, the most visual of all performing art forms, invisibility is her identity and vocation. The iconic sequence in Sholay – where Basanti is chased by armed dacoits on horses, while she rides her broken cart with breathtaking skill and dare – is known by Hema Malini’s dialogue, ‘Chal Dhanno, aaj teri Basanti ki izzat ka sawal hai’ and antics performed by a faceless Reshma.
I first met Reshma in 2002 at Bhiku Verma’s stud farm on Film City Road. The stud farm was actually a narrow strip of land sandwiched between skyscrapers, where the 30-odd horses could run, albeit in a single file. Reshma had come there for a practice session before her next shoot. Upon our request, she took the horse for a round on the busy road. The sight of a diminutive Reshma riding the powerful animal through traffic and set against the statue of a warrior on horseback was More >
The upcoming gala is also meant to scotch all rumours of a rift between his media company and Boney Kapoor
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 19, 2013)
He may be facing a certain amount of heat because of the Supreme Court asking him to refund Rs 24,000 crore to his investors, but Subrata Roy Sahara seems determined to cool off with yet another mega bash.
Close on the heels of the party he hosted for his grand daughter’s naming ceremony, Roy is planning a bash to celebrate Sridevi’s Padma Shri award, at his suburban five-star. The party will be held either on April 23 or 27, and guests have been asked to keep themselves free on both days as of now.
According to sources, in true Sahara-style the bash will see filmmakers, actors, politicians, cricketers and industrialists turn up to congratulate the actress.
Among the few who seemed to have confirmed are the Bachchans, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Hema Malini, Anil Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure, Preity Zinta and Chiranjeevi, besides Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. “Subrata Roy wanted to host this party earlier, but his work commitments kept him extremely busy,” revealed a source close to the group.
This party assumes a special significance for the film industry. “This one is special. It puts an end to all the on-going speculation about Boney Kapoor, who has been heading the group’s media and entertainment initiative since 2011, having problems with the company,” says the More >
Steven Spielberg treated to all things desi – food, friends, filmstars and paparazzi
Mumbai Mirror Bureau (March 14, 2013)
Anil and Tina Ambani served up a lavish party for Steven Spielberg last night. The first to arrive were Kamal Haasan and Venkatesh, closely followed by Amitabh Bachchan. Aishwarya arrived much later in a separate car. Meanwhile, the unending stream of luxury sedans and SUVs drove in Parmeshwar and Adi Godrej, Shabana Azmi with Javed Akhtar, Anupam Kher, Kiran Rao, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Farhan and Adhuna Akhtar, Hema Malini, Suneil and Mana Shetty, Kajol with Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma, Ritesh Sidhwani, Gauri Khan, Hrithik and Sussanne Roshan, Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jessia, Rajkumar Hirani among others.
Guests were treated to a sumptuous Dum Pukht spread of tandoori items and biryani. Matriarch of the Ambani family, Kokilaben played the hostess, and Spielberg was seen spending a lot of time in the company of Kokilaben and Sr. Bachchan.
A star guest revealed, while one expected Spielberg to be tired because of the hectic schedule since his arrival in India, he actually seemed to be enjoying himself. One overheard him telling Anupam Kher that he liked his performance in Silver Linings Playbook and Kher couldn’t stop beaming after that.
Bachchan, who had interacted with the filmmaker at the earlier event, went home with more than a compliment. He was gifted a coffee table book by Spielberg. Bachchan tweeted about it as soon as he got back from the party, More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; February 28, 2013)
Hema Malini who has just shifted to her new home in Juhu had a special visitor. Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar blessed her house. Though the family moved into the house earlier, the residence was formally inaugurated and named Advitiya by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Her daughters Esha (along with her husband Bharat Taktani) and Ahana, were also present.
Hema Malini’s niece actress Madhoo besides Kirron Kher also got an opportunity to seek his blessings.
Knowing how religious Hema is, it was surely a very special moment for the veteran actress.
Stars come together in a massive awareness campaign that’ll go live next month
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 9, 2013)
In an initiative that will definitely be welcomed by the country’s billion, top stars from Bollywood will come together in a campaign to raise awareness for the girl child. The video, which has been envisaged along the lines of the immensely popular and rousing Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, in all likelihood will see Sonakshi Sinha, Hema Malini, Raveena Tandon, Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shetty and Nagarjuna, to name a few, lip sync to the song by Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan. The music has been scored by Nikhil Kamath. A source close to the development revealed: A production house has been entrusted with the job of shooting the stars at their respective homes for the collage that will be put together. The song, titled Betiyaan has been allocated to each of the stars. The film is being directed by ad man and filmmaker Rajeev Walia, who heard the song and approached the government with the idea to use it for a larger cause. Apparently, he was immediately given a go-ahead. Raveena Tandon was the first actress to come on board, he says.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the only filmmaker in the campaign who has already shot for his part said: “Killing of the girl child is a very serious issue. Not only are there rampant foeticides and abortions, when a girl child is born, a pall of gloom falls on the family. It is almost as if someone has died. It is not just More >
Vijeta Pandit claims her sister Sulakshana lost her mental balance after the star turned her down
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 2, 2013)
Yesteryear actress-singer Sulakshana Pandit today lives the life of a psychologically-disturbed recluse. Add to that, a fractured hip has rendered her somewhat incapacitated.
So removed is her life from reality that she hasn’t even been told about her sister Sandhya Singh having gone missing since the past two weeks. According to Sulakshana’s other sister Vijeta, with whom she has been staying since 2006, it was unrequited love for late Sanjeev Kumar that caused the actress to lose her mental equilibrium. According to Vijeta, Sulakshana, who now restricts herself to her room in Vijeta and brother-in-law Aadesh Shrivastava’s home, was never able to get over the man she loved when he passed away suddenly. “Sulakshana Didi was never the same after Sanjeev Kumar turned her love down. She rapidly lost touch with reality. It came to a point where she couldn’t stay on her own. So in 2006, we brought her to our home. She has been staying with us for several years now. She doesn’t meet anyone, hardly ever steps out of her room, unless it is to occasionally visit our farm-house in Lonavala, which she loves,” Vijeta told Mirror.
It was widely reported that Sulakshana fell in love with Sanjeev Kumar during the filming of Uljhan (1975). However, the actor was so smitten by Hema Malini that he turned her down. She was heartbroken.
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The silent protest led by Shabana Azmi resonated with angry sentiments against the administration and judiciary. With hundreds in attendance, the gathering urged the political class to take swift action
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; December 31, 2012)
The city that saw nurse Aruna Shanbaug turn into a vegetable 40 years ago after being sexually assaulted by a ward boy and more recently, 25-year-old Pallavi Purkayastha being murdered by a watchman for spurning his sexual advances, erupted in anger once again to the news of Nirbhaya’s death. The 23-year-old Delhi girl, brutally gangraped a fortnight ago, was christened Nirbhaya by The Times Of India for her will to live.
Now, her death seems to have awakened our society, which has been fighting passiveness for a long time. Simultaneous protests erupted in various parts of the country after news of her death spread. In Mumbai, Shabana Azmi called for a silent protest. The march, from Juhu Beach to Kaifi Azmi park, saw many Bollywood and theatre personalities, including Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Nadira Babbar and Om Puri show up. The unanimous sentiment at the march was that cities need to become safer for women and parents shouldn’t feel scared when daughters step out. Jaya Bachchan broke down as she spoke about the “horror” Nirbhaya had faced. Javed Akhtar suggested a few changes, including holding senior police officials accountable for such crimes. Others like Hema Malini, Ritesh Sidhwani, Goldie Behl, Sonali More >
BOMBAY TIMES (December 23, 2012)
Celeb couples in television commercials is not new. Shah Rukh-Gauri, Saif-Kareena, Ajay-Kajol, Akshay-Twinkle, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-Sakshi have been doing it for a while now. But what’s interesting is the mother-daughter jodi ads these days.
The latest is Sonakshi and her mother Poonam Sinha, who’ve done a beauty product ad together. This trend started with Hema Malini and her daughters Esha and Ahana doing a commercial, followed by Neetu Kapoor and Riddhima Sahni endorsing a jewellery brand. Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan too have done a similar ad.
The audiences love the sweet chemistry that these pairs share and for the makers it becomes that much easier — now, it’s only about translating real life emotions to reel.
Agnello Dias, creative director, says, “Mother-daughter endorsements may enjoy a higher degree of credibility in consumers’ minds because the brand is seeming endorsed by a celebrity ‘relationship’ and not merely by a figurehead. It also makes for more endearing interaction because a part of the personal side crosses over to the professional face of celebritydom.”
Mirror readers meet Hema Malini and speak to the talented actress about her other passion, dance
Reema Gehi (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 9, 2012)
She is an actor, a politician, a wife and a mother. But admittedly, the 57-year-old dream girl enjoys playing the danseuse the most. For seven years, the actor who has enlivened the silver screen with her feisty presence, has been providing a platform to young dancers in memory of her late mother Jaya Chakravarthy.
In pursuit of dance, Mirror readers Vidya Dayal and Palak Khandwala — both trained in Bharatnatyam for eight years but left it for corporate careers – were elated to meet Hema Malini, at Worli’s Nehru Centre, the venue of her annual show, Jaya Smriti.
“My mother moulded me into an artiste,” said an emotional Hema Malini. Perhaps, the same way she raised her daughters — Esha and Ahaana — to become Indian classical dancers, posed Khandwala. “Yes, but it was difficult,” said Malini. She, then, animatedly scowled. “This is the face they make each time I request them to perform,” she groused, leaving Dayal and Khandwala amused. She continued, “I listened to everything my mother said. Often, she would make a list of all the items I had to perform and then I would call my Guruji and learn the dance. Now, you can’t tell your children what to do.”
The reason her daughters took to the dance was because they were weak in maths, she said. “Getting them to learn dance was my solution to solve this problem,” she exulted. “Dance helps More >