India Tribune is serializing profiles of top Bollywood sex symbols of all time. Bollywood sex symbols have been creating storms across India and worldwide. The list consists of female icons of Bollywood, who have impacted the history and changed the face of Bollywood.
Hema Malini was born on October 16, 1948 in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Hema Malini Chakravarty is the most famous South Indian Bollywood actress of all time. Her first major hit was Johnny Mera Naam (1970) with Dev Anand and appeared in films like Baghban (2003), Veer Zara (2005) 35 years after her debut. She’s had mega hits like Andaz (1971), Seeta aur Geeta (1972), Prem Nagar (1974) and the cult classic Sholay (1975) playing chatterbox, “Basanti.” A trained classical dancer, Hema Malini dazzled audiences with her amazing dance numbers. After appearing in several films with Dharmendra, she began their off screen romance and was his second wife. They gave birth to actress Esha Deol.
Why she’s sexy: Hema Malini is sexy because she’s Bollywood’s Dream Girl and has goddess like beauty. She received marriage proposals from actors Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra and others until she married Dharmendra. Even in her 1950s she can give current Bollywood actresses a run for their money.
Interesting fact: In January 2005, Ram Kamal Mukherjee wrote the first ever book dedicated to Hema Malini titled Hema Malini: Diva Unveiled. This book has 500 rare photographs and has a chapter dedicated to her infamous role as “Basanti.” This book is such an important piece of Bollywood history and it has a forward written by the Big B himself.