The yesteryear super stars, Hema Malini and Dharmendra are said to fall in Love with each other on the sets of “Tum Haseen Main Jawan” released in the year 1970. Dharam was already married and had two sons Sunny and Bobby. But that did not stop him from falling in love with Hema and wooing her. Hema also, had turned down several other marriage proposals from actors like Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra.
Initially, Hema did not reciprocate to Dharam, as at that time she was not keen on getting involved with a married man. But then, love happened and they tied the knot in 1980. Before marriage both decided to convert into Islam, since Dharmendra’s first wife, Prakash Kaur, was not keen on giving him a divorce.
Hema’s father just like any other father was strictly opposed to their marriage, as he did not want her daughter to get married to an already married man. Hema married Dharmendra after the demise of her father which in turn deeply hurt her mother. They were so in love with each other that they went against the will of their families and changed into another religion, just so that they could spend their lives with each other. They first did nikaah, which was kept as a secret and later they got married in Iyengar style as Hema Malini is an Iyengar.
Hema Malini mentioned in her autobiography that she got attracted to Dharmendra because he was strong and silent like her mother. The actress finds her husband very romantic
and says he still looks at her the way he did in their first meeting.
After hearing 'Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana' at Indian Idol 6, Hema Malini revealed that it was the same song in which she fell for Dharmendra. She also revealed that it was his cute dance moves in the song which made her fall in love with him immediately. It was rumored, while shooting a particular scene in sholay; Dharamendra lured the light boys with money to disturb the lights on the set. The continuous retakes gave him many chances to hold Hema Malini several times.
For Hema, Dharmendra makes her feel special. Neither age nor time has affected their love and affection for each other. They dated for 5 years before marriage happened and now have been married for 32 years and have two lovely daughters, Esha and Ahana Deol. They truly epitomize Love in all forms. Even now, whenever they appear on screen or on any show, they look the same- a very good looking, beautiful couple.
This famous Jodi of Veeru and Basanti which is much talked about even now, acted in 42 movies in total together. Their off screen chemistry was appreciated by the audience on-screen also. Their love has been evergreen and has played an inspiration for many youngsters of yesteryears. They are always special for their audience when they appear together. For Dharmendra, falling in love with the dream girl was almost instantaneously. After all these years of a blissful married life they continue to be madly in love with each other.
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