Big B, Jaya, Dharmendra launch Hema Malini's album

Forty years after the blockbuster ‘Sholay’ the lead stars of the film Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Dharmendra and Hema Malini reunited to release the maiden maiden music album of Bollywood’s ‘Dream Girl’. The album titled ‘Dream Girl’ was launched on Monday evening at an event in Mumbai. Director Ramesh Sippy was also present on the occasion.

Hema, in her heydays had recorded two Bengali songs with Kishore Kumar as part of an album released on the occasion of Durga Puja. Inspired by the legendary singer, it was the dream of the actress to bring out a music album of her own.

Singer-composer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo came to learn about her interest and convinced the veteran actress to sing a duet with him. The album features Hema Malini in the duet, ‘Aji Suniye To Zara’ with Babul. Her two Bengali songs with Kishore Kumar - 'Gun Gun Gun' and 'Kande Re Mon' are also featured in the album.

"I was excited to sing those two Bengali songs, which I had recorded for Kishore da long back. I've been a dancer and actress. But today, I can't believe that as a singer, I am standing in front of you, which I had never thought of," Hema Malini said.

Big B congratulated his ‘Baagban’ co-star and praised her saying that she can do a lot of work together at the same time. “Jaya was telling me we don’t do anything at all. One should look at Hema. She acts, dances, is an MP from Mathura and now has come out with a music album,” the megastar said.

Hema Malini’s husband Dharmendra stole the show and had the audience in splits with his wisecracks. He addressed Amitabh Bachchan as ‘Jai’ and said, ‘Veeru ko bansi bajaani nahi aati thi, phir Basanti (Hema) gaane kaise lagi. (Veeru didn’t know to play the flute, how come Basanti started singing). He also recited a poem written by him.

Jaya Bachchan relived a fan moment while sharing stage with Dharmendra who the veteran actress admitted was the only hero whose picture she had kept as a child. Thanking Hema Malini for inviting them, Jaya said that Dharmendra was the best life partner for her.

As a singer, Hema said she didn’t do much of riyaaz and it was Babul Supriyo who guided her on the nuances. The danseuse expressed hope to come out with more such work in future.