The actors Hema Malini and Dharmendra are not just known for their loving presence and bonding in real life but also in their films. The two have been the most sought actors of their times and even today are remembered for the excellence in the work each one presented on screen, whether it be individually or together. Who can forget Basanti and Veeru from the iconic 1975 film Sholay?
The two have been married to each other for 42 long years and have two daughters named Esha and Ahana Deol, together. They starred together in the film Sholay in 1975, which did not just make the two couple an instant hit with the audience but also started a personal relationship between the two. A companionship that has continued for this long.
Today, Hema Malini tweeted a picture of the two along with a sweet caption. She wrote, "Our wedding anniversary today (two heart emojis) I thank God for all these years of happiness, our darling children and grandchildren, our well-wishers everywhere! I feel truly blessed."
Along with an emotional tweet about the journey that the couple had together, she also updates the fans about Dharmendra's health condition. There were news reports that the actor was hospitalised and was put in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). After coming out of the hospital, the actor posted a video on Twitter revealing the reason why he was hospitalised. He said that it was because of a "big muscle pull."
Hema Malini wrote, "I would like to thank thousands of well-wishers who have been enquiring about Dharam ji's health. Yes, he was in the hospital for a few days but he is ok now and thankfully back home. Thank you all once again for your anxious calls and enquiries about his health. God has been kind."
Hema Malini Dharmendra Anniversary
In 1957, Dharmendra was married to Prakash Kaur, with whom he had four children named--Bobby and Sunny Deol, Vijeeta and Ajeeta.
Later, Dharmendra moved to Mumbai to pursue his dream as an actor. He met Hema Malini on the sets of Tum Haseen Main Jawan in the year 1970. It was love at first sight for Dharmendra but Hema Malini did not reciprocate the same. She had expressed her disinterest in dating a married man very clearly.
Hema Malini, the dream girl, back in the days was getting marriage proposals from big names in the industry like Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar, however, she had turned all of them down.
She found her love later in the same guy who was already smitten with her, Dharmendra. She had in past spoken about how she got attracted to him during the shoot of Pratiggya. It was during the song sequence of Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana when she truly fell for him.
Even though her family was rooting for Jeetendra, who in his book even mentioned that he was not in love with her but had agreed to marry her as his family wanted him to do so. They had decided on getting married secretly when Dharmendra decided to give the plot a twist. He flew to Chennai with Jeetendra's then-girlfriend--Shobha Sippy.
Hema Malini's father was against Dharmendra, however, Dharmendra remained adamant. Choosing him over Jeetendra, Hema Malini married him after the demise of her father. She went against her family and stuck to her original choice.
But troubles for the young couple blindly in love did not end here. Dharmendra's wife Kaur was not ready to divorce him so he chose to convert to Islam in order to marry Hema Malini. Things remain sour as Kaur made a public statement and said, "I can understand what Hema is going through. Even she has to face the world, her relatives, and her friends. But if I were in Hema's place, I wouldn't have done what she did. As a woman, I can understand her feelings but as a wife and a mother I do not approve of them."
Feature Image Credit: Hema Malini/ Twitter