All this drama surrounding the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is very unjust and not so needed. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone who plays the controversial Rajput Queen is still awaiting the dates for the release of her movie.
But amidst all this drama surrounding the movie and its release, veteran actor Hema Malini has revealed that she, once played Rani Padmini. While Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama directorial is still awaiting its certificate from the CBFC. It has been facing quite a lot of violent backlash from several Rajput outfits and political leaders as they accuse the director of “distorting historical facts” in the movie.
However, the Bollywood’s dream girl has performed number of historical characters on the TV series ‘Tera Panhey’, which depicted 13 chapters from history. Rani Padmini was one of the characters she played in the series, which aired in 1986 on Doordarshan.
Recently, Hema Malini was at a panel discussion, ‘Seventy is the New Seventy – Who the Hell Wants to be Thirty?’ along with author-columnist Shobhaa De and Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who penned Malini’s biography ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl’. While in the panel she stated, “I feel very happy that I’ve done Padmavati’s role, that is Rani Padmini in ‘Tera Panhey’.”
She then quipped, “Mera toh release bhi hogaya (Mine already got a release).”
Also speaking about how she views herself after five years in the political line of field, she said she does not harbour “big political” ambitions and wants to serve people.
“I was offered to be in Rajya Sabha, but because I was coming from another background, it was tough. I was scared initially. Advani ji and other leaders helped me become comfortable. I used to hear speeches of stalwarts in politics, which was an eye-opener for me…
“I wanted to be a member of Parliament from Lok Sabha too. Many people wondered ‘Can she do it? She is an actress’, but I really enjoy it. Being a politician, I get so much love from the people. I don’t have any great ambition to be a minister or anything. I just want to serve people,” Malini said.
Well, for now we wonder when Bhansali’s project will finally get the nod to release!