While Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is awaiting release, yesteryear actor Hema Malini has revealed she once played Rani Padmini and feels happy about it. Bhansali’s Padmavati is accused of distorting historical facts. The character, which is now mired in controversy, was once essayed by Hema in a TV series called Tera Panhey, a show about 13 chapters from history.
In the TV series, Hema played the role of Rani Padmini, among other characters. The show aired in 1986 on Doordarshan.
When asked to comment on how sensitive people have gotten over Padmavati, Malini said, “I feel very happy that I’ve done Padmavati’s role that is Rani Padmini in Tera Panhey.” She then jokingly said, “Mera toh release bhi hogaya (Mine already got a release).”
The veteran actress was speaking at a panel discussion, ‘Seventy is the New Seventy - Who the Hell Wants to be Thirty?’ along with author-columnist Shobhaa De and Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who wrote Malini’s biography Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl.
Talking about her political move, Malini said, “I was offered to be in Rajya Sabha, but because I was coming from another background, it was tough. I was scared initially. Advaniji and other leaders helped me become comfortable. I used to hear speeches of stalwarts in politics, which was an eye-opener for me.”
“I wanted to be a member of Parliament from Lok Sabha too. Many people wondered ‘Can she do it? She is an actress’, but I really enjoy it. Being a politician, I get so much love from the people. I don’t have any great ambition to be a minister or anything. I just want to serve people,” Malini added.Read More