Veteran actress Hema Malini celebrates her 60th birthday today.
Hema Malini was born in the Tamil-speaking Chakravarthy household on October 16, 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. Making her acting debut in Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), she went on to appear in numerous Bollywood films, most notably those with actor and future-husband Dharmendra.
She was initially promoted as "Dream Girl", and in 1977 starred in a film of the same name. During this period, she established herself as one of Hindi cinema s leading actresses, noted for both her comic and dramatic roles, her beauty, and her accomplished classical dancing.
Malini is one of the most successful female film stars in the history of Indian cinema. Appearing in over 150 films in a career span of 40 years, she has starred in a large number of successful films, and her performances in both commercial and art-house cinema, were often recognised. During her career, she has been nominated 11 times for the Film-fare Award for Best Actress, of which she won once in 1972. In 2000, she was presented with the Film-fare Lifetime Achievement Award. In the same year, she was honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour, by the Government of India. She also served as the Chairperson of the National Film Development Corporation.
Of late Malini spends most of her time on charitable and social ventures, while making occasional appearances in films. She is a member of India s Bharatiya Janata Party and was nominated member by the party in Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament during 2003-2009.