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The 'evergreen' actor, Dharmendra and the 'Dream Girl' of Indian cinema, Hema Malini had a filmy love story. Before tying the knot with Hema Malini, Dharmendra was already married to Prakash Kaur. They have a huge age difference of 13 years. There was a time when Hema Malini almost married Jeetendra when a drunk Dharmendra gate-crashed their wedding and married Hema! For the unversed, these lovebirds had got married in 1980.
Since their marriage, there has been no look back. The couple, Hema and Dharmendra, enjoy a happily married life. The Dreamgirl, Hema Malini and the 'He-Man', Dharmendra, are among the most-loved on-screen couples in Bollywood. They had given many hit films, one after another and won our hearts, years after years. For the uninitiated, the couple is blessed with two daughters, Esha and Ahana and their grandkids, Esha Deol's daughters, Radhya and Miraya and Ahana Deol's son, Darian and twin daughters, Astraia and Adea.
On December 8, 2021, Dharmendra turned a year younger, and the veteran actor's family members have planned a special celebration. In a recent interview with Pinkvilla, Hema Malini opened up about what keeps their marital life vibrant and colourful, even after so many years. She shared:
"I was born and brought up in a family, which lay great emphasis on the arts. I was dedicated to dance. My mother was keen that I pursue it always. Marriage with Dharamji was another important event in my life. The best thing was that he never stopped me from working. Dharamji too enjoys acting no matter what the conditions. His profession is his passion and he cherishes his fans. We respect each other's work and share a great understanding between us. We're close and yet we follow our individual paths. We give each other space, which has enhanced our relationship."
Further going on in the conversation, when Hema Malini was asked about what togetherness means to her, the gorgeous actress said that it was all about spending time with each other. In her words:
"Earlier it meant spending time with each other. Today, we're more concerned about each other's health and wellbeing. I don't demand much from him. All I want him to be is comfortable and happy. If he's feeling low, I'm there to cheer him up. We enjoy looking after each other. And in this our children are our strength and support. We love spending time at Dharamji's farm in Lonavala. It's a beautiful place. But being work-oriented, we can't stay there for too long. We have to come back to our commitments."
For Hema Malini, their kids, Esha and Ahana, are the most special gifts in her life. Hema Malini further added in the conversation:
"The most beautiful thing that Dharamji has given me is our children. Together, we have shared lovely memories through this journey."
Talking about how they are going to celebrate Dharmendra's birthday today, his doting wife, Hema Malini gave in a little inside secret and shared that there will be something special. She said:
"We’re looking forward to celebrating it together. Esha and Ahana will plan something special. Even the grandkids (Esha Deol’s daughters Radhya and Miraya and Ahana Deol’s son Darian and twin daughters Astraia and Adea) are crazy about their ‘Nanu’. The children carry individual gifts for him. Dharamji loves gifts and unwraps them with the excitement of a child."
On the work front, Dharmendra will be next seen in the film, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani. Happy 86th birthday, Dharmendra!