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Hema Malini: I wish I were an actor at this time..

By HT

New Delhi, Sept. 24 -- Veteran actor Hema Malini is one of those few former leading ladies of Indian cinema who still have a huge fan following. 
 
For industry newcomers, the original Dream Girl remains someone to emulate. However, Hema herself wishes that she were a lead actor in today's time. 
 
The 68-year-old actor says jokingly, "Today, the payments are so huge, [that] I wish I were an actress at this time! I was getting peanuts. But whatever I did 20-30 years ago is paying me back now." As for how one grows as a star, she says, "As we mature, realisation dawns that we have to [work] for society, too." 
 
At present, Hema is extremely excited because of her daughter Esha Deol's pregnancy. While she has made it clear earlier that she isn't making any special preparations to welcome the newborn, like any other grandmother-to-be, she is concerned about her daughter and the child's well-being - therefore, she is passing on some traditional wisdom. 
 
Hema says, "Whatever I learnt from my mother and from my own experiences when I became one, I'm sharing with Esha." 
 
She reveals that Esha has many plans: "She's getting a nursery renovated by her designer friend, making it child-friendly. I am sure it'll look fantastic!"