‘Sholay’ revisited at Hema Malini’s music album release

Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) After 40 years, “Sholay” stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Dharmendra and Hema Malini, apart from filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, shared the stage together at the music release of an album by Bollywood’s ‘dream girl’.

Hema Malini’s debut music album “Dream Girl” was released at an event here on Monday night.

“And after 40 years the team of ‘Sholay’ got together in one frame this evening (Monday night), a music release of an album of Hema ji,” Big B posted on his blog early Tuesday morning.

“Two of our team Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan we have lost. Time waits for no one… But time also acknowledges the wait,” he said, adding: “Dharamji and Hemaji live behind my house… Dharamji on the lane behind my back wall, and Hemaji a few feet further away, and we never get to meet each other.

“How strange that we had to meet and get together at an event.”

The song “Aji suniye to zaraa” in the album has been sung by the actor-filmmaker-MP Hema Malini with singer Babul Supriyo, who is also its composer. A line of the track has the lyrics “Big B se leke paaji”, hinting at Amitabh and Dharmendra, who are lovingly called Big B and Dharam paaji in industry circuits.

At the launch of the album by Saregama, Hema Malini said: “Art and entertainment is what keeps me going; it is a part of me now. I had not explored my singing talent before and I am therefore very excited to showcase this side of me to the audience. Hope they continue to shower their love on me as they have done over the past years.”

It was back in 1973 that Hema Malini was inspired by the legendary Kishore Kumar to sing. Since then, she had it on her agenda to launch a music album.

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