Hema Malini: 'Nobody makes films for us'

By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, March 22 -- She has worked in more than 100 films in a career spanning over almost five decades, but Hema Malini feels that the industry today has no place for actors like her.

"Nobody makes films for us. Filmmakers think we are good but only in shelves. Shelf mein lock bhi kar dete hai (They even lock us up in the shelf). I want to do films that suit my age. I've been saying this for ages that someone should come up with a good script for me," says Hema.

The 64-year-old wishes to star opposite husband-actor Dharmendra again. "I'd love to do a film with him. Whatever our relation may be, we are artists first. We would love to work together." Why then, is she missing from the Yamla Pagla Deewana (YPD) franchise, we ask. "Go and ask Dharamji why Hema is not there. It's not in my hands. He takes the call. I am sure YPD 2 is going to be a big hit," says Hema.

Apart from her better half, Amitabh Bachchan is her favourite co-star. "Amitji is my favourite. I have been working with him. We make a nice pair on screen."

Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011), produced and co-directed by Hema, was a debacle at the box office. However, the dream girl hasn't given up yet. "Making films is very tough as a lot of financial involvement is there. My experience with Tell Me O Kkhuda was quite bad. Although it was a very nice film, it didn't release at the right time and in the right theatres. I didn't get the theatres at the last minute and I couldn't do anything about it. It's very scary," she recalls, adding, "Still, I'm a very creative person. I want to do films. I may come out with something with the blessings of God. I'm planning to produce another film."

Talking about her daughter Esha, who got married last year, she says, "Esha is doing very well. Of course, she's open to acting. We are from a family of artists and the urge to act will always remain."

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