Hema was born in the Tamil-speaking Chakravarthy household on October 16, 1948 in Ammankudi, TamilNadu. Her dad's name is V.S.R. Chakravarthy and her mom, Jaya, was a film producer. She was enrolled in the Chennai-based Andhra Mahila Sabha.
Debuted opposite legendary showman, Raj Kapoor in 'Sapnon Ka Saudagar' just 4 years after her rejection.
After turning down marriage proposals from Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra, she met with hot fellow actor, Dharmendra, both were attracted to each other and wanted to get married
On August 21, 1979, both Hema and Dharmendra converted to Islam, changed their names to Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty and Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn respectively, and got married in accordance with Islamic rites. Three years after their marriage, Hema subsequently gave birth to Esha and then later to Ahana. Esha is an actress in her own rights.
Following a series of hits like ‘Raja Jani’ (1972), ‘Jugnu’ (1973), ‘Sholay’ (1975), ‘Dream Girl’ (1977) & many more with Dharmendra & also starring opposite Amitabh Bachchan, in series of hit films like ‘Naseeb’ (1981), ‘Desh Premee’ (1982), ‘Satte Pe Satta’ (1982) ‘she strengthened her position further. With a glamour girl image attached to her, she proved her acting abilities with sensitive performance in 'Laal Patthar' (1971), 'Khushboo' (1975), ‘Kinara’ (1977), 'Meera' (1979) etc.
She has also directed TV serials Noopur (1990) and Women of India (1996). Hema Malini was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1999 for her contribution to Indian Cinema.
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