As Veteran Bollywood actress Hema Malini discusses her life and new biography at SIBF 2017
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah, Dubai
Hema Malini, famous Bollywood superstar, addressed an overflowing hall of fans at Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 during. Appearing alongside the veteran actress to discuss her latest biography ‘Beyond the Dream Girl,’ was its author Ram Kamal Mukherjee, with the two taking time to conduct a question and answer session with the audience.
The discussion started with the author giving details on the subject and purpose of the book, the foreword of which has been written by the present Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. The subject of the biography then went on to have a candid chat with her many admirers present about her career, her political life and more.
“Hema Ji was very reluctant in the beginning. There are already two books that talk about her as we know her, but this book is about the Hema Ji who is beyond the limelight and celebrity life. As the title says – it is ‘beyond the dream girl’. It was when she realised this that she agreed to do it,” said Mukherjee.
Answering a question on how she remains active and manages to maintain her beauty after all these years of being a star, Malini said; “I keep myself busy. I am a grandmother now, but I won’t retire. I am still performing on stage and this keeps me going.”
Talking about the use of social media in today’s world, she said, “I think a closed fist is more interesting than an open one. It is important for celebrities to keep some secrets in order to maintain a bit of mystique.”
Malini, who completes fifty years of her career in Bollywood this year, took up the topic of modern day cinema and how it has changed since she started her career in the industry.
“My time is supposed to have been the golden time. It was all so different then. There was a kind of passion that is missing today. People are now not as emotionally independent and they succumb to the pressures of the industry. We should be strong, especially as today we are living in a world that is full of opportunities,” she said,
Towards the close of the session, Malini advised youngsters to dream big.
“One must dream – it is important to dream in order to reach your goals. Only if you know what exactly you want can you start your journey and dreaming is the first step on this journey.”
SIBF 2017 is hosting numerous media celebrities, authors, intellectuals and publishing sector luminaries as part of its Cultural Activities programme. The 36th edition of the annual event runs until November 11 at Expo Centre Sharjah.