Hema Malini was born on 16 October 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu State, India. She is popularly know as actress, producer, politician and a professional Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer. She has appeared in more than 150 films and received eleven nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, winning the award in 1973. She has acted in both commercial and arthouse cinema.
Hema was a supporting artiste in Idhu Sathiyam (1963) and portrayed a danseuse in
Pandava Vanavasam (1965). In 1968, Malini played opposite Raj Kapoor in Sapno Ka Saudagar. That was the beginning of her promotion as the Bollywood dream girl. After performing as a dancer in a 1961 regional movie, she was rejected by Tamil Director, C.V.Sridhar, during 1964 when she first attempted to act, on the grounds that she was too thin to be heroine in Venniradai and the role went to Venniradai Nirmala. Later Hema performed in the song Singara Therukku Selai sung by Seergazhi Govindrajan and L.R.Eshwari as a supporting actor in Tamil film Idhu Sathiyam (1963).
Thereafter there has no been looking back for this attractive Libran, who went to star in close to 155 movies who also produced and directed two movies, and also directed a TV serial Noopur. Sholay was her biggest hit and known as character name Basanti.In 2000, Malini won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and also the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour awarded by the Government of India.In 2012, the Sir Padampat Singhania University awarded Hema Malini an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her contribution to Indian cinema.