Heartthrob of millions to date actress turned politician Hema Malini has extended her warmest of wishes to love of her life, evergreen Dharmendra. The veteran actress has shared a few throwback pictures with her husband on her official Twitter handle quoting;
https://twitter.com/dreamgirlhema/status/938959092214665216 https://twitter.com/dreamgirlhema/status/938960756980121600 Hema Malini in her recently released authorized biography has also revealed how she fell in love with the 'Veeru', not of reel life but in her real life. In a few of the anecdotes from her biography, Hema states;On Dharamji’s birthday, I pray for his happiness & good health. God bless him always🙏 Nostalgia time! One of our early fotos together😘
The truth was that I didn’t know what I wanted. I knew that I was attracted to him (Dharmendra) but the relationship had no future. In the beginning, we were just good friends. I enjoyed his company. We were paired opposite each other in so many films … there came a time when we were shooting together not just for days or weeks but for months. Soon, it became a habit to be with each other all the time… ‘As time passed, it became more and more impossible to describe what I felt for him, or better still define the relationship. To be honest, I never thought of marrying him. My only argument is that I didn’t fall in love consciously. It’s funny, but I always used to think that whenever I marry, it would be with someone like him. I never thought of it being him, though. It’s destiny and my fortune.
In 1975, during the outdoor shooting of Ramanand Sagar’s Charas (1976), we were to be in Malta for weeks. And since I was to be shooting with him (Dharmendra), my father insisted on coming along with me. Often, the cast and crew had to travel together in a car. My father was not happy with this at all. He would order me in Tamil – so that Dharam-ji would not understand what he was saying – to sit in one corner while he would try and sit in the middle. But Dharam-ji would make up some clever excuse or the other to get in from my side, so that I would end up sitting in the middle and he would be beside me!
Today we can laugh over it, but at that time it wasn’t funny. Strangely, my father had no problems with Dharam-ji other than the one related to me. In fact, they got along so well whenever I wasn’t around. They would always be laughing and I would want to freeze the moment. If only they could be like that forever. Everyone in my family adored him … just not as a prospective son-in-law. It’s difficult for me to describe what I went through in those days. I liked him – I couldn’t deny that he was attractive and strong and there was an air of serenity about him. I tried turning away from him. But I couldn’t. There was something inherently good about him. One day, while we were shooting, he suddenly asked me if I loved him. I began to blush and replied indirectly “I will only marry the person I love.” That was my only answer…
Title: Hema Malini: Beyond The Dream Girl Author: Ram Kamal Mukherjee Publisher: Harper Collins India Price: Rs 599 (Hardcover)In a sympathetic gesture, Dharmendra who has turned 82 today has decided not to celebrate his birthday, in the wake of Shashi Kapoor’s death.