Hema Malini who celebrated her 65th birthday on 16th October was born into a Tamilian Iyengar Brahmin family in Ammankudi, Tiruchirappalli to V.S. Ramanujam Chakravarthy and Jaya Chakravarthy.
Hema Malini’s full name is Hema Malini is Ramanujam Chakravarthy and is a trained Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi dancer which helped her get a break in a Tamil film but apparently was thrown out by the maker for not being heroine material.
She made her debut in ‘Sapno Ka Saudagar’ opposite Raj Kapoor in 1968 which failed at the box-office but helped her get noticed and went on to sign ‘Johnny Mera Naam’ opposite Dev Anand and ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawaan’ against Dharmendra, respectively in 1970.
In order to get married the Islam way in 1980 she changed her name to Ayesha Bi along with her husband Dharmendra who changed to Dilawar Khan as the Hindu marriage law doesn’t allow having two wives.
She is the only actress to have acted opposite most heroes which includes more than 28 films with Dharmendra. ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawaan’ (1970) was the first time both shared screen and the last was in ‘Tell Me O Kkhuda’ (2011).
She is the only actress to have acted opposite Raj Kapoor (Sapno Ka Saudagar), Shammi Kapoor (Andaaz), Shashi Kapoor (Trishul), Randhir Kapoor (Haath Ki Safaai) and Rishi Kapoor (Ek Chaadar Maili Si) in different films.