When Jeetendra Flew Down to Chennai to ‘Marry’ Hema Malini – Blast from the Past
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When Jeetendra Flew Down to Chennai to ‘Marry’ Hema Malini – Blast from the Past

Hema Malini was wooed by many men but she had eyes only for Dharamendra. So how did Jeetendra fit into the picture?

In her time, there was no woman in India as desirable as Hema  Malini. She was the object of fantasy for many men who loved her. But she loved only one. At least, three prominent actors were madly in love with Hema. They were Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra and Dharmendra.  But Hema  loved only her “Garam Dharam” and defied her mother’s wishes to finally marry the much-married father-of-three Dharmendra. As she  told me  recently, “There may have been many who wanted  to marry  me. But I wanted to marry only one man.”

When Jeetendra Flew Down to Chennai to ‘Marry’ Hema Malini – Blast from the Past

Hema Malini and Jeetendra and Tushar Kapoor

Among the men who were enamoured of her was the  1960-70s’ star Jeetendra who, accompanied by his parents, actually flew down to Chennai (then Madras) in 1974  with a marriage proposal to Hema and  an overnight wedding. Jeetendra  fell in love with  Hema  while working together in a film called Dulhan. Hema’s mother approved of the match  for no  other reason except that Jeetendra, unlike  the man Hema  favoured, was unmarried.

When Dharmendra heard  of the impending wedding in Chennai, he panicked. He immediately rang up  Shobha, Jeetendra’s  patient and  unrelenting girlfriend. Shobha and  Dharmendra  flew down to Chennai to stop the  catastrophic wedding.

When Jeetendra Flew Down to Chennai to ‘Marry’ Hema Malini – Blast from the Past

Hema Malini and Jeetendra

No one knows how Dharmendra  convinced Hema  to not marry the single bachelor (albeit in a committed  relationship  with another woman) and to marry him instead. But she took the plunge and never regretted  it.

As  for Jeetendra he  eventually married Shobha,and they lived happily ever after.

Now when Hemaji looks  back  at  her  younger days she  is surprised that she  made the right  decisions in  life.

“I’ve never  regretted anything I’ve done  in my life,” she says.

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