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Economist-turned-film maker, Arindam Choudhuri, releasing the book "Hema Malini: Diva Unveiled" in New Delhi on Wednesday, as the author Ram Kamal Mukherjee (right) and Hema Malini look on.

The charismatic actress-parliamentarian Hema Malini turned up at the Capital's Oberoi Hotel on Wednesday for the launch of a coffee table book titled "Diva Unveiled" written by journalist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.

"As an actress I have received lots of awards and recognition throughout my acting career. But what makes this moment significant is the fact that Mr. Mukherjee has attempted to recreate me through this book and has given a new meaning to my life and my career. He has made considerable effort in writing this beautiful coffee table book. However, there is more to me. My political career has just begun and I may some day write an autobiography," said Hema Malini.

"Diva Unveiled" is a collector's edition with more than 500 extraordinary and rare photographs of Hema Malini's childhood, her first film with Raj Kapoor, "Sapnon Ka Saudagar", some pictures with her husband Dharmendra and of course her two daughters. What makes this book even more special is that the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, who acted with her in "Baghbaan" recently, has written the introduction to the book.

Hema Malini said that the writer had known her since she gave a Bharatanatyam performance in Kolkata and as a correspondent of the film magazine "Stardust" he had been interviewing her.

Renowned economist-cum-film-maker Arindam Chaudhuri, who released the book, said it was extraordinarily tough to speak about some one whose mere glance made him nervous.

"When I was asked by Nari Hira to write a book on the talented Hema Malini, I was not sure whether I would be able to do justice to it. I have been a big fan of hers and have watched her films like `Baghbaan', `Sholay' and `Sita Aur Gita'. She is a most versatile actress who has a million-dollar smile and has been the lead actress of the 1970s and 80s," said the author of the book, Ram Kamal Mukherjee.

By Madhur Tankha

Photo: Anu Pushkarna

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