Veteran actress Dr Vyjayanthimala Bali recently unveiled the authorised biography of Bollywood’s iconic star Hema Malini at Groevenor House, London. Written by noted author and filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee, the biography – Hema Malini: Beyond The Dreamgirl – has been published by Harper Collins. Also present at the book launch were Hema’s daughter Esha Deol Takhtani, her niece Madhoo Shah, JP Dutta, Bindiya Goswami, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Chaudhry, Harshvardhan Rane, Luv Sinha, Arjun Rampal and the creme de la creme of London. The book launch was hosted by singer Rageshwari Swaroop Loomba and organised by Nari Hira and Ashok Dhamankar from Magna Publishing.
Interestingly, Vyjayanthimala travelled all the way from Chennai to London to unveil the book on Hema. Speaking during the launch, Vyhainthimala said, “Hema is like family to me, and I am glad to launch her book.” In fact, Hema admitted that whatever she is today it is because of Vyjayanthimala. Hema said, “My mom (Jaya Chakravarthy) loved Vyjayanthimala ji. Even I as a kid used to love her grace. I grew up watching her films and was great fan of her performance. It was my mother who wanted me to be a film star just like her. It’s my honour that she agreed to be a part of this ceremony.”
Expressing her happiness over the unveiling of the book in London, Hema said, “I would like to thank Ram Kamal for taking all the pain in writing a book on me. In 2005, he had surprised me with a coffee table book which was published by Nari Hira. After almost 12 years, when he approached me to do an authorised biography, I was wondering, what else can be told about me? Ram Kamal then told me that he wants to write a book called Beyond The Dreamgirl. The title intrigued me and I finally I agreed to do it.”
Speaking about the presence of Vyjainthimala, Ram Kamal Mukherjee said, “I knew that Hemaji would be happiest if I could get Vyjainthimala ji to release the book in London. It’s an honour to share stage with Nari Hira, Hemaji and Vyjayanthimala ji, who are the three important personalities who have played a pivotal role in shaping my journalism career.”
Amidst thunderous applause and standing ovation Hema Malini also received Stardust Icon of the Industry award, while Ram Kamal Mukherjee received award for his outstanding contribution to journalism and film writing from Nari Hira at the same event.