“I am a Naani all over again,” beams my favourite Dream Girl hours after her elder daughter Esha gives birth to her second daughter. My “Dream Girl” description has Hemaji in splits. “Thoda zyada lagta hai (it’s too much). At my age to be called a Dream Girl. But yes, I’ve had a dream life. I did everything I wanted to without fear or inhibition. And today I am a happy grandmother three times over. I couldn’t have asked for more,”
Hema Malini speaks on becoming a grandmother again
Reliving her controversial marriage with Dharmendra, Hemaji says, “I think it worked because we did it for love, and only love. There was only the mutual feeling. We didn’t consider anything else. If we thought of the consequences we would have probably never married. I never went into the marriage with expectations or pre-conditions, only for love. Luckily for us, Dharamji’s family showed tremendous dignity. They must be commended for that.”
Right now it’s all about being a grandmother all over again. “I am blessed to have three lovely grandchildren. Esha had an adorable daughter and now she has another adorable daughter. The two little sisters look so beautiful with each other. And then there is my younger daughter Ahana’s son. He is my Lord Krishna. So playful.”
Hema is even more delighted at her husband's joy at grand fatherhood. "Dharamji can't get over his excitement. He has become like a child in his excitement. I am so happy to see him so happy...Our relationship could have gone wrong in so many ways. But my biggest achievement is the dignity with which I conducted my life." Yes, I tell her, people immediately stand up when she enters a room. "Yes, I've noticed that. Why do you think people do that? Are they intimidated by me? I am glad to have earned so much respect in one lifetime."
Hemaji wants to spend as much time with her grandchildren as possible. “I’ve taken time off from my commitment in my constituency (Mathura) to be with Esha for her birth. Now I will return to Mathura, as there is so much pending work. My second term in Mathura is going to be even more busy than the first term. I’ve made many promises to the people of Mathura and I intend to fulfil them in the next five years.”
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