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Hema Malini: You get more respect as member of Parliament than as an Artiste

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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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“People Should Look Out For Mental Health”, Says Actor Siddharth Malhotra

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The actor believes in having a holistic approach towards wellness and health, and that's what he hopes everyone tries to achieve during these testing times. Bollywood Country

On World Health Day, actor Sidharth Malhotra has stressed on the need to work on mental health along with physical health, saying everyone needs to remain “extremely positive, hopeful and appreciate all the basic things in life”.

“This year on World Health Day, India and the world is going through a very crucial and very unfortunate time where we are fighting this virus which is extremely deadly. The only way to fight it is social distancing, hence the lockdown within the country and around the world,” Sidharth said.

“I am hoping that everyone is following it because it is for their benefit and for the society. It makes us realise how important health is and environment is. I am hoping that everyone appreciates the fact that they are healthy and can move around once they get out and are more conscious of what they do with their nutrition or the environment around them,” he added.

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The actor believes in having a holistic approach towards wellness and health, and that’s what he hopes everyone tries to achieve during these testing times.

“Since all of us are practicing social distancing and are under lockdown, we do have a lot of time on our hands apart from all the agencies, medical staff, police and other people who are working day and night… This is the best time where you can spend maybe half an hour a day doing some kind of physical activity within the house. It could be walking, free hand exercise, playing sports, or skipping,” he said.

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On World Health Day, actor Sidharth Malhotra has stressed on the need to work on mental health along with physical health, saying everyone needs to remain “extremely positive, hopeful and appreciate all the basic things in life”. Bollywood Country

The actor continued: “I look at fitness from a very holistic point of view. I won’t even just say physical exercise. It is mental health as well, where we have to keep and realise that at times like these you need to be extremely positive, hopeful and appreciate all the basic things in life, workout aside. So, also lookout for your mental health. We have all the time in the world to spend it with family and I am hoping people are making good use of the time.”

The “Ek Villain” star also thanks the “all the medical professionals who are working night and day without any break in such crucial and dangerous times for our benefit”. “Whatever, I say is less … They are the real heroes. Along with the medical staff, i would like to thank the police, cleaning staff and people who ensure that we get our essentials. They are doing a fabulous job. They are the real heroes.”

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Sidharth feels that the severe times have made him “realise that we are mere guests on this earth and not the master”.. “Whenever we come back to our normal lives we need to realise that and remember that ,” he said. (IANS)