Today is Actor Hema Malini’s Birthday. Padma Shri Hema Malini is a dancing star of Bollywood. She has created her own niche in the dance world. Her family happens to be close to my mother’s family. Hema Malini’s mother, late Jaya Chakravarty has been my Mom’s ideal woman. Jaya Mami (that’s what we call her) worked hard to bring Hemu Aunty forward in the performing art field. Mom took inspiration from Jaya Mami and with her blessings worked hard to educate my sister and me. I don’t know why, but perhaps because I used to be in Hemu Aunty’s arms often that I am still interested in Indian Classical Dance.
Dream Girl Hema Malini has immersed herself in the art field and politics. Mom and I are deeply into education and spirituality. Hemu Aunty and our family might be separated by distance, but we still keep a place in a corner of our heart for her. Hema Malini is not my favorite actor. She is my favorite aunty. Particularly, during Navaratri, we have always remembered her family. Jaya Mami has also inspired Mom for celebrating Navaratri with Golu. This year Hemu Aunty’s birthday came during Navaratri and I feel happy to write about her at this time. Happy Birthday, Hemu Aunty! 🙂
Bollywood and Actor Hema Malini’s Birthday:
I love umpteen of her songs. But, I can only list a few songs here. Here are some of my favorites:
Dheere dheere bol koi sun na len… Gora Aur Kala (1972)
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa… Abhinetri (1970)
Parbat ke peeche… Mehbooba (1976)
O sathi chal… Seeta Aur Geeta (1972)
Rama Rama gazab hui gawa re… Naya Zamana (1971)
Soni aur Moni ki hai jodi ajeeb… Amir-Garib (1974) I love her Tom Boy look in this song.
Jaipurki choli mangwade re Saiyan… Gehri Chaal (1973)
Tere sang jeena tere sang marna… Naach Uthe Sansaar (1976) This song has my another favorite Shashi Kapoor dancing and singing with her. Besides, one of the playback singers here is Mohammad Rafi Sahab. I did not know that this song was picturized on her. Though my Mom has been a Bollywood-freak, she wouldn’t let us watch too many movies since our education was important. When I was searching for her songs, I found it and it just turned out to be my favorite.
Aaja teri yaad aayi… Charas (1976)
Bhoot Raja bahar aaja… Chacha-Bhatija (1977) This song probably inspired the Sridevi hit Koi bataye samajh mein na aaye… Chaalbaaz (1988). The later movie was clearly a copy of Hema Malini’s Seeta Aur Geeta (1972).