HEMA LOVES AISHWARYA’S GESTURE OF RE­SPECT

Hema Malini re­calls a touch­ing in­ci­dent in the con­text of ac­tor Rishi Kapoor’s crit­i­cism of Bol­ly­wood’s al­leged lack of re­gard for se­niors

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Hema Malini (in­set), un­like her Bol­ly­wood col­league Rishi Kapoor (right), does not be­lieve that ac­tors and film­mak­ers that fol­lowed her own gen­er­a­tion lack re­spect for their se­niors. The ques­tion of re­spect came up when Rishi wrote an­guished so­cial me­dia posts about how none of the cur­rent crop of ac­tors (bar­ring Ab­hishek Bachchana and Ran­deep Hooda) at­tended the April 27 fu­neral of vet­eran ac­tor Vinod Khanna.

Re­call­ing an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing her­self and ac­tor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (above) — they both were fe­lic­i­tated at the Dadasa­heb Phalke Awards held in Mumbai last month — Hema tells us, “Af­ter the cer­e­mony, I was wait­ing for a while for my car to come. I guess the driver had parked it some dis­tance away, and it took him some time [to reach me]. I re­alised that Aishwarya was just stand­ing there with me. When I asked her, ‘Why are you still here?’ she replied, ‘Aapki gaadi aane do (Let your car come). I will leave af­ter that.’”

Aishwarya even be­came Hema’s bouncer for a while and helped man­age the crowd around her. “There were so many peo­ple who were try­ing to click pho­tos and were try­ing to take self­ies. [Aishwarya] was mak­ing sure that I don’t get pushed or nudged by them. Then, af­ter [my] car came, she opened the door, made sure I sat in­side the car, and only then did she move to her car, which had been wait­ing for a while,” she re­calls.

Touched by Aishwarya’s gesture, Hema, 68, be­lieves that younger ac­tors or film­mak­ers “give due re­spect” to the in­dus­try leg­ends. “I was so touched by that,” Hema says. “It shows that there’s a lot of re­spect and re­gard for me. I don’t know if ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try is like her, but there are peo­ple who, just like Aishwarya, un­der­stand and give due re­spect to those who are se­nior to them. I don’t think it’s right to say that ev­ery­one is the same.”

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Rishi Kapoor’s an­guished posts brought up the is­sue of re­spect

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