Hema Malini, the evergreen dream girl of Bollywood is turning 67 years old today! Can you believe that she is that old? Excelling in many fields, Hema has surely made a name for herself in our country.
Coming from a Tamil speaking Iyenger family, Hema Malini was the fourth actress from South India who could manage to find stardom in Bollywood, post Vyjayanthimala, Padmini and Waheeda Rehman.
When the actress made her first attempt to star in films in 1964, she was rejected by C.V.Sridhar on the account that she is too thin.
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4 years later, luck favoured her and she was launched by Bollywood Showman, Raj Kapoor in Sapnon Ka Saudagar. Though the film flopped big time, she managed to grasp the attention of other Bollywood filmmakers with her beauty and talent.
She was referred to as one of the most beautiful actresses at the time and she ruled the roost in 60's,70's and even early 80's. She even became the highest paid actresses of her time.
Not just in films, in personal life too, Hema Malini was the most sought after by actors like Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra who were courting her.
Read to know more about her secret engagement with Jeetendra!
Hema was being courted by Sanjeev Kumar first! A shy Sanjeev Kumar thought of seeking his friend's help to court him.
Sanjeev asked Jeetendra to talk to Hema about his love but in the process Jeetendra fell for Hema.
Hema and Jeetendra fell in love with each other and even their respective families agreed the relationship.
The marriage plans of Jeetendra and Hema soon ended since Hema developed cold feet and backed off last moment.
Jeetendra's then girlfriend, Shobha too did not budge and made sure Jeetendra did not marry Hema! Soon the actor tied the knot with Shobha.
Sanjeev finally found the courage to express his love and proposed to Hema who ended up rejecting him.
A dejected Sanjeev Kumar took to alcohol and later ended up losing his life as well by a heart attack.
It was after these two men that Hema fell for Dharmendra. But it wasn't easy for them, since there was opposition from both their families.
Hema Malini's mother, Jaya had actor Girish Karnad in mind for Hema but the actress was not ready to leave Dharmendra so the match never took place.
Finally, the two converted to Islam to marry as Dharmendra's wife was not ready to divorce him.