I want to con­trib­ute to the world of cul­ture: Hema Malini

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Hema Malini, who is of­ten re­ferred to as ‘Dream­girl’, is not only known for her ca­reer as an ac­tor but also her ac­com­plish­ments as a dancer. The ac­tor-film-maker-dancer says she wants to spread In­dian cul­ture around the world. “I get in­spired by artistes from var­i­ous coun­tries and I want to bring them to In­dia as I feel, cul­tural events are nec­es­sary in our coun­try. We need ex­po­sure to the world. I want to con­trib­ute to the world of cul­ture. Sirf naam bana ke kya fayda (What’s the point in mak­ing a name for your­self). I can keep say­ing I am a dancer but bring­ing other cul­tures to our na­tion is also im­por­tant. An amal­ga­ma­tion of two cul­tures is al­ways beau­ti­ful,” says Malini, who is trained in clas­si­cal dance forms. She adds, “I will con­tinue to dance as it is an im­por­tant part of my life.”

Her el­der daugh­ter Esha Deol’s preg­nancy has also kept the 68-year-old politi­cian busy. Malini says she likes to keep busy through the year. “I am al­ways busy with work in my con­stituency Mathura (Ut­tar Pradesh), and when things don’t move the way they should, you get frus­trated and won­der why and think how ev­ery­thing takes time. Mean­while, as an artiste, I keep do­ing some­thing or the other around dance.”

With pol­i­tics and Esha’s preg­nancy keep­ing her pre­oc­cu­pied, Malini ad­mits she hasn’t got time to think about movies for now. “There is noth­ing hap­pen­ing on that front (sign­ing a new film). Maybe next year, I will think about movies,” she says.

Talking about the ar­rival of a sec­ond grand­child in her fam­ily, Malini says that she has made no prepa­ra­tion for the baby. “We had a baby shower re­cently. The first one was a south In­dian style and we then had a Sindhi style baby shower. As for prepa­ra­tion for the baby, I have done noth­ing be­cause my mother used to say that be­fore a baby is born, one shouldn’t buy any­thing for the baby. So, we will make all ar­range­ments af­ter the baby is born.”

PHOTO: VIKRAM BAWA

Hema Malini

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