Hema Malini is one of my favorite actresses. Also known as Dream Girl of Indian cinema, she is a talented actress, dancer, producer ,director and a politician.She has appeared in more than 150 films in a career span,most of them were successful.She started her career with the film Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968) opposite Raj Kapoor for which she was promoted as the “Dream girl. She appeared with all the major actors of her time like Dev anand,Raj Kapoor,Dharmendra,Amitabh ,Rajesh Khanna,Jeetendra and Manoj Kumar.As a trained Bharatanatyam artist,she a proved her dancing skills in her films.She had also proved her prowess as an excellent actress in commercial as well as offbeat cinema.She has won a filmfare award for Seeta Aur Geeta (1973 ) and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2000.She is still active now in the field of cinema,dance and politics and charity.Here are some of my favorite songs from her films that I want to share with you.
Abhinetri (1970) – “Khiche Humse Saanwre”- Hema plays Anjana;who is a well-known stage dancer and singer.She is married to Shekar(Shashi Kapoor) who is an assistant scientist.The film deals with the ego clashes and misunderstanding between a married couple. In the songHema tries to appease her husband who keeps on ignoring her.
Johny Mera Naam-”O Babul Pyare”- This was her first film with legendary Dev Anand.In the film she plays the love interest of Dev. In this song ,she has been on pursuit of her father;who is held captive in an unknown place by the villain Prem Nath.She is dressed in tribal attire and sings about her longing for her father.Sung by Lata,the song is very melodious and touching to hear.
Sharafat (1970) -”Mera Rasta Rok Rahe Hain”- Hema stars opposite her future husband,Dharmendra in this film. She plays a courtesan,whose father is reluctant to own her as his child.In this song she is singing amongst the nature while reflecting upon her future. The song is picturised in a beautiful and location.Directed by Asit Sen and Hema’s wonderful acting,the film is a pleasure to watch.
Raja Jani (1972) -”Duniya Ka Mela”- Adapted from Anastasia (1956) starring Ingrid Bergman;it is a story of a lost princess.Here she plays a street performer,who is hired and trained by Dharmendra to pull a con against the royal grandmother by claiming herself as the lost princess.But it is the other way round.
Khushboo (1975)-”Bechara Dil Kya Kare”- Khushboo is film directed by Gulzar and the music is rendered by R.D Burman.The film has a rustic setting.Hema plays Kusum who is in love with Brindavan(Jeetendra) since childhood.But the fate has it other way;Brindavan gets married and his wife dies after delivering her child.In this song she is with Charan(Brindaban’s son) played by Master Raju and her friend,both are singing with mirth while bathing Master Raju.The song is sung is sung by Asha and has a touch of playfulness to it.
Gehri Chaal (1973) – “Kukdoo Ko Bada Pyara”– Gehri Chaal is a action film starring Jeetendra,Hema and Amitabh.Jeetendra plays an undercover cop who is in trail of a robbery.Hema plays Amitabh’s sister.In this song she and her friend tries to “bully” Jeetu in a playful way.
Mehbooba (1976 ) -”Parbat Ke Peechhe”- Mehbooba is film about rebirth and reunion.Hema stars opposite the Late Rajesh Khanna.It is a melodious song which is sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata and the musical score is by R.D. Burman.
Dharmatma (1975) - “Kya Khoob Lagti Ho”- Hema stars opposite the handsome hunk Feroze Khan. She plays the daughter of a tribal head who is in love with a “pardesi” In this song she is feeling exulted as she is being praised for her beauty as well as she is getting married to her love.The song is adorned by the melodious voices Mukesh and Kanchan.
Charas(1976 )- “Kal Ki Haseen Mulaqat Ke Liye”- Charas is a spy thriller in which she again stars with her husband Dharmendra.The Dharmendra-Hema pair was one of the popular screen “jodis” of that times.The film is shot at exotic foreign locations and has a good dose of action as well.The screen magic and chemistry of Dharam-Hema is quite evident in this song.
These were few of my favorite songs of filmed on Hema Malini.BTW,which are your favorite songs of Hema Malini?
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