Overview for Hema Malini: The Authorized Biography
Hema Malini, the quintessential 'Dream Girl' of Hindi cinema has truly nurtured a dream, and followed it to its realization. After being unceremoniously dropped from her first Tamil film as the director felt that she didn't have star quality, Hema signed the Hindi film she was offered opposite Raj Kapoor. Just eighteen, she soon conquered the hearts of all moviegoers with her beauty, grace and charisma. From Johnny Mera Naam to Sholay, from Meera to Baghbaan, she has portrayed a diverse range of characters that will always remain a part of the film legend. Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Sanjeev Kumar â€¦ she worked with all the leading stars, but it was with Dharmendra that the chemistry on screen was palpable. The special bond she shared with Dharmendra set the rumour mills buzzing but defying all conventions, Hema married her Jat hero in May 1980. Striking a perfect balance between her personal and professional life, Hema maintains a dignity about the little world she shares with daughters Esha and Ahana. This intimate portrayal, the first authorized biography, by Bhawana Somaaya is a result of her long years of association with Hema as a film journalist and critic. Hema speaks to her more candidly than ever before about her life, with and without Dharmendra, her children, her mother and her twin passions of dance and acting.
Bhawana Somaaya (Author)
Bhawana Somaaya, a renowned film journalist, commenced her career as a scribe in the late 1970s, while graduating in psychology. Scaling the professional ladder, she became a regular correspondent of a weekly, Cinema Journal, in Mumbai. Thereafter, she moved to a film magazine, Super, as Chief Reporter and simultaneously pursued a degree in law at the Government Law College, Mumbai. She made her mark at the Movie magazine as an Assistant Editor and subsequently as Joint Editor. She was the editor of a magazine before her current assignment as the editor of a film weekly, Screen. A recipient of the Mahila Shiromani Award, and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Central Board of Film Certification, she has also penned columns for The Sunday Observer, Afternoon, Janmabhoomi Pravasi, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Pioneer and Newstime. She has also penned two other book, Take-25 and The Story So Far.