Mumbai: The Bollywood 'dream girl' Hema Malini turns 60 on Thursday. She will be visiting the Balaji temple in Tirupati to seek God's blessings.
This evergreen actress has always charmed her fans on the silver screen with her movies. Born in 1948, Hema Malini is also an accomplished dancer and a Member of Parliament. But she'll be best remembered for her role as basanti in Sholay.
On her 60th birthday, Hema Malini talks about her forthcoming movie Ek Rani Aisi Bhi.
She says she is thrilled to play erstwhile Gwalior queen Vijayaraje Scindia in the movie.
The actress says that unlike her other films the role needed a lot of preparation and she had to spend considerable time with the Scindia family.
"I'm honoured to be playing the Rajmata (queen). Do you know she was the founder of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and today I'm a proud member of the BJP and getting a chance to play her on screen," Hema said.
"I think this role requires a fair amount of preparation. Something I haven't done for too many of my characters except Razia Sultan and Meera. Both were very close to my heart. And now I think this will be the third role that's very close to my heart," she added.
To be directed by Gulbahar Singh, Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi went on the floor on Tuesday. It will be made in close collaboration with the Scindias.
"Though I didn't know the great lady personally, I've known her late son Madhavrao Scindia (late Congress leader) and her daughter Vasundhara (BJP leader and Rajasthan chief minister) quite well through my parliamentary work.
"In fact, I had been to Gwalior last year in summer with my daughter Ahana for a dance performance on the invitation of Madhavraoji's son Jyotiraditya Scindia. My colleagues in parliament were outraged. 'How could you go at his invitation when he's from the Congress?' But I think culture and art should be put above politics, don't you think?"
"I hope I can carry off the Rajmata's royal dignity and confidence," Hema said.