New Delhi, Nov. 18 -- Actor Hema Malini, who is also a member of Parliament, says that initially her husband Dharmendra, a former Rajya Sabha member, was hesitant to let her contest in the Lok Sabha elections.
"He was scared for me. When I first told him that I was going to contest the elections, he was like why are you taking this 'panga'? People will harass you. But, later on, he came around and supported me. I'd talk to him every day, and he'd arrange security for me when I'd go campaigning," says Malini.
The actor is making a comeback to the big screen after a gap of three years - her last release was Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap (2011). In her next, she will be working with filmmaker Ramesh Sippy after 40 years. The duo has in the past collaborated on projects like Andaz (1971), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) and Sholay (1975).
Talking about working with Sippy, Malini says, "When my brother Mohan told me that Rameshji wanted to meet me, I thought he wanted to discuss some issue related to our film industry. And that he wanted me to take it up in the Parliament. So I agreed to meet him. It was only then that I realised that he wanted to meet me for a film."
The 66-year-old adds that she was sold on the idea of working with Sippy after so many years. "Also, the role of a mischievous mother was something I haven't done so far," she says, adding: "Rameshji makes me do weird stuff in all his films. He made me sit on a ceiling fan in Seeta Aur Geeta, ride a horse-drawn carriage in Sholay and in this one, he wants me to climb a tree," says Malini.