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Hema Malini: Embodying true beauty and artistic excellence – Rhythm Wagholikar

en Bollywood News Hema Malini: Embodying true beauty and artistic excellence – Rhythm Wagholikar

In a private function in Mumbai, the Winners of Worthiness (WOW) proudly presented the Pride of India Award to the most celebrated , the iconic Dream Girl, Padmashri Hema Malini. This prestigious award was conferred upon her by Shobha Arya, the CEO of WOW Entertainments, and the distinguished Indian author Rhythm Wagholikar, who is renowned for his insightful writings on legends of the art and film world.

Hema Malini: Embodying true beauty and artistic excellence – Rhythm Wagholikar

Hema Malini, an iconic figure in Indian cinema, has enchanted audiences for decades with her exceptional talent, grace, and versatility. From her debut in 1968 to her countless memorable roles, she has left an indelible mark on the film industry. Her portrayal of strong, diverse characters has inspired generations and continues to do so.

Rhythm Wagholikar, the youngest Indian author to be awarded at the House of Commons in London, brings a fresh and insightful perspective to his work on art and film legends. His dedication and achievements at such a young age are truly commendable. Rhythm was seen at the function with his wife, Anuja Wagholikar.

Reflecting on the event, Rhythm expressed his deep admiration for Hema Malini, stating, “I am deeply humbled and honored to share the stage to honor Hemaji and to be present when she received the Jewel of India award. I take away so much from this experience. Hemaji has shown that age is just a number and that life is boundless, with endless opportunities to master various crafts. Above all, what makes me respect her even more is her grace and kindness towards everyone she meets. Thank you, Shobha ji, for considering me.”

He further elaborated, “Hema ji’s timeless contributions to Indian cinema and the arts are colossal, which have profoundly influenced and inspired several generations. It was a privilege to witness such a momentous occasion. Hemaji's journey is a testament to her dedication and passion and that’s what makes her truly inimitable. Her work continues to inspire not only those within the industry but also countless admirers globally. Meeting her in person and seeing her unwavering commitment was definitely a great experience.”

At the event, Hema Malini shared her extensive knowledge and contributions to Indian classical dance, particularly Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi. She enlightened everyone with her insights on these dance forms, explaining the intricacies and her passion for them. Hema Malini also talked about her famous dance performances, which often last about 100 minutes, showcasing Indian mythological stories like Ganga, Durga, Meera, and many others. These performances have been celebrated both in India and internationally, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the country.

The event also featured Shobha Arya, whose conversations added a delightful touch to the afternoon, further enhancing the celebratory atmosphere.

“It was a pleasure to catch up with Hema ji over coffee, reminiscing about her incredible journey and discussing her unmatched craft,” said Shobha Arya.

Overall, the event was a resounding success, celebrating the illustrious career and contributions of Hema Malini, and providing an enriching experience for all attendees.

Rhythm noted how Hema Malini ji embodies the concept of a "dream girl" in every sense, both inside and out. Her perfection in every role she portrays, whether on or off screen, is remarkable. She is not only a great orator and parliamentarian but also a wonderful host to her guests. Her larger-than-life persona, coupled with her profound humility, is something to learn from.

He admired many qualities in her and noted that he would certainly take them back with him. Her approach to people, her determination, and her calm demeanor are extraordinary. Age is merely a number to her, and she stands as an inspiration beyond being an ace actress, unmatched dancer, and esteemed parliamentarian. She has an innate quality that has commanded respect and admiration for years.

Rhythm’s wife gifted Hema Malini a book titled ‘Strokes of Harmony,’ which features paintings by the Usha Mangeshkar family, including works by Lata Ji and mainly Usha Mangeshkar Ji. Hema Malini showed keen interest in each painting, analyzing the color themes and the different types of art included—sketches, crayons, oil, and more. Despite her age, she could narrate and appreciate the nuances of each artwork beautifully, sharing insights with Anuja, who is a painter herself.

Her respect for her co-workers and other legends of the art and film world is evident, and this is something Rhythm deeply admires. There is a calm and composed nature in her that puts everyone at ease. She has valuable inputs on every topic and possesses answers to all questions. Above all, she is a fantastic person. Her knowledge of dance is unmatched. Her ability to bring dramas to life through dance, with performances like Ganga, Meera, Ramayana, Radha Krishna, Durga and other mythological elements is incredible’ added Rhythm.

When she learned that Rhythm is a writer, Hema Malini gifted him her famous coffee table book, ‘Chal Mana Vrindavan’. She took a deep interest in explaining some of the photographs, detailing what makes Mathura a place of pure sanctity, innate culture, and deep history. Her knowledge of Mathura, including the small details of its streets and history, is astounding.

After the award ceremony, the actress personally came to offer sweets to everyone, including the house help who were present there. This act of humility and her down-to-earth nature are truly inspiring.

Rhythm felt privileged to have been present at the event where Hema Malini was honored with the title "Jewel of India." Sharing the stage with her and soaking in her presence was an experience to remember.

Also Read: Esha Deol congratulates mother Hema Malini as she secures a hattrick by winning the Lok Sabha seat from Mathura yet again


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