"I feel 16 at 60," says Hema with a smile. "I guess age has nothing to do with creativity, but it certainly has a lot to do with maturity and dedication. I have lived life on my own terms and conditions and now when I look back I feel happy about all the decision I have taken," she adds.
This year Hema Malini will not be able to stay in Mumbai on her birthday (16th October) as she will be visiting Tirupati temple for special puja on that day. Her daughters Esha Deol and Ahana Deol are likely to accompany her on the same day. "The best way to celebrate birthday is by praying to lord for world peace and harmony. In times of terrorism and global financial depression I guess we can only find peace in our prayers," says Hema.
2008 seems to be extremely busy year for Hema Malini. She will be playing Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia's role in Gulbahar Singh's Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi and she will be completing the shooting of Raj Kanwar's Saadiyan soon. Hema has also signed Deepa Shahi's first directorial venture opposite Nana Patekar, for which she will be shooting in Shimla from November. Simultaneously she will be performing bharatnatyam and her dance ballet's all across India and abroad.
Hema is also expected to attend parliament sessions amidst all these projects. "It's all about time management and I guess one can do even more than this if we sort out our priorities," says Hema. True, we still have a lot to learn from this 60-year-old woman of substance. To celebrate Hema Malini's 60th birthday Esha and Ahana has planned a special private party at their goregaon bunglow. Deols are certainly going to have a blast!