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    Hema Malini celebrats her 66th birthday todayReuters
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    The great actress as well as successful politician - Hema MaliniReuters
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    Hema Malini is celebrating her birthday with her daughter Esha DeolReuters
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    Hema Malini performing with her daughter Ahaana DeolReuters
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    Beauty grows with age for the diva - Hema MaliniReuters

The veteran actress, choreographer, dancer, producer and politician Hema Malini celebrated her 66th birthday on Thursday.

The 'Dream Girl', who has made a mark in her professional as well as personal life, went for a quiet celebration with her daughter Esha Deol in her house in Mumbai.

The beauty grows with age is a perfect tagline for this Bollywood diva. From her co-actors to commoners, she has been the 'dream girl' of many.

Starring in over 150 films in an acting career spanning several decades, she is one of the most successful female film stars in the history of Indian cinema.

Check below some lesser-known facts about Hema Malini:

According to Filmibeat, Malini rejected marriage proposals from many, including actors like Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar to marry her love Dharmendra.

The love triggered from both the sides of the famous jodi. It is said that once Dharmendra bribed the light boys on the set of "Sholey" to disturb the lights, which resulted in continuous retakes of a particular scene in which the actor got the chance to hold the actress' hand several times.

It is said that Malini fell in love with the actor while watching his cute dance moves in the famous song "Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana" from the movie "Pratigya" (1975).

The 'Dream Girl' entered the industry as a dancer and very few people knew that she was rejected by a Tamil film director, C. V. Sridhar in 1964 as he thought that the actress was too thin to act, The Times of India reported.

One more interesting fact that very few people know is that Shah Rukh Khan's first film "Dil Aashna Hai" was directed by Malini, but it was released after "Deewana."