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Hema Malani on a woman's life in filmdom


"I USED TO FEEL AWKWARD AS EVERYONE ON THE SETS were men."



DREAM GIRL Hema Malini on the move PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA

"Oh! Ye tum kya karta hai." She pouts with innocence as a fan slips his diary into her hand for an autograph. "Isme se sab dekh liya," she asks, as the bewildered man gets his diary back. Listening to her is a pleasure, as her speech is tinged with humour. Talking of the rough patches she hit on the road to stardom, she recalls, "At times, I felt awkward as everyone on the sets, except the hairdresser, were men. So I would take my mom along. Enacting emotional scenes or wearing funny clothes was embarrassing. But when I met Aruna Raje, the only woman director of her times, I was greatly influenced by her style of functioning."

She may be known as a doting mother, but ask her about her daughters and she shoots back, "Why are you so worried about them? Main ma ho kar worried nahi hun." She won't spare the bureaucracy either. "When I was the chairperson of NFDC, I was happy because they gave me a chair in a well decorated room. The rules of bureaucracy can't be broken whether it is for men or women," she says laughing.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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