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New Delhi: Bollywood’s evergreen ‘Dreamgirl’ Hema Malini, who became a BJP MP in 2004, says that she got “more respect” as a member of parliament than being an artiste. The veteran actor is also a successful Bharatnatyam dancer.

“You get more respect as a member of parliament. As an artiste, I had my own dignity, but as a politician, it increases… It doesn’t go down,” Hema, who represents the Mathura constituency in Lok Sabha, told reporters in an interview.

Recently, Hema was embroiled in allegations that she had illegally grabbed a plot of land for her dance academy Natyavihar Kalakendra Charity Trust at a nominal price of Rs.70,000 in Mumbai’s Andheri area. But the Padma Shri awardee says the whole hullabaloo happened because she was a BJP MP.

“The Maharashtra government giving me land, created a huge ruckus. Why? Just because I am Hema Malini? I don’t think it’s for Hema Malini… It is because Hema is a BJP member of parliament. This is why it created a problem for people,” Hema said, adding that she had kept herself “very different in the political world”.

On the big screen, she has essayed a range of glamorous as well as non-glam roles, proving her worth as a versatile talent. The 67-year-old has also showcased her proficiency in dance many a time in movies — and always had the aura of a star actor.

But as a politician, she has reached out to bring about the changes that she wishes to see in her constituency.

Often, Bollywood celebrities deliberate upon gender bias in the Hindi film industry. Is the scenario same in the political world?

“I don’t feel any inequality in my political work. To me, I am different, I don’t indulge in small things. So I cannot compare myself to others,” Hema said.

However, she said that inequality in Bollywood is nothing new. Pointing out that Bollywood has always been a male and hero-dominated industry, she explained: “Suddenly these points are coming up about inequality. Bollywood was always been as a male-dominated industry.”

She said that the characters which Dharmendra or other actors portrayed, the heroines could not do. “For a heroine to get the same kind of acknowledgment, it has to be a heroine-oriented film and for men, a hero-dominated film. There is clearly no comparison,” she said.

Dwelling upon the gap in pay for men and women in Hindi films, she said: “Moneywise in those days, the heroes had so much of shooting and so much of work. I don’t think heroines had that much of work. Heroines had a few songs to sing, some nice interesting scenes, and that’s it.”

Nevertheless, the former chairperson of the National Film Development Corporation said there were some exceptions. As an actress, Hema had taken on strong roles in films like “Chaalbaaz”, “Mulzim”, “Satte Pe Satta” and “Sholay”. (Kishor Sud, IANS)

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Mumbai Police Takes Bollywood Route To Promote Road Safety

The tweet impressed a number of followers on the micro-blogging website

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Mumbai Police Takes Bollywood Route To Promote Road Safety
Mumbai Police Takes Bollywood Route To Promote Road Safety, Flickr

Mumbai police is taking the Bollywood route — a dialogue from the forthcoming film “Dhadak” — to convey a road safety message to travellers.

A post from the official Twitter handle of the Mumbai police on Friday, featured a still from the trailer of the film, with the dialogue “Kya naatak kar raha hai, mujhe dekh kyun nahi raha” superimposed on it.

It was captioned: “Don’t underestimate the emotional quotient of traffic signals! And their e-challan is anyways not too happy with your relationship. Traffic signal matters.”

The tweet impressed a number of followers on the micro-blogging website.

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Mumbai Police , Flickr

While one user wrote: “Mumbai police’s creativity at its best”, another wrote: “Brilliant. Whoever handling your SM handle… hats off”.

Also read: Mumbai Police Arrest Music Baron Gulshan Kumar’s Murder Accused Abdul Rauf Merchant

“Dhadak”, an adaptation of Marathi film “Sairat”, is slated to release on July 20. It will mark the Bollywood debut of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor’s step brother Ishaan Khatter. (IANS)