Six Degrees of Separation: from Hema Malini to

6° avec Hema Malini
… Lee Williams  
Hema Malini played a single parent of an illegitimate child, who falls in love with widower in Andaz (1971), which co-starred Simi Garewal (1) as the anaemic first wife of the widower; who dies after childbirth; and Garewal hosted the television talk show, Simi Selects India’s most Desirable (2011), and in the last episode of which, she interviewed actress Priyanka Chopra (2), who starred in 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), in which; New Delhi born, leading Bengali actress of art cinema, Konkona Sen Sharma (3), had a cameo appearance in; who happens to be the daughter of famed Bengali art film director, writer and actress, Aparna Sen (4), who played an Indian Princess who wants to sell ancient Indian miniature paintings to western art enthusiast, in the Merchant/Ivory productions television movie, Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978), where Victor Banerjee (5), played her brother, the Maharajah, opposing the selling of ancient Indian artefacts, and Banerjee starred in Delhi in a Day (2011), about a British tourist who spends one day in the capital of India, looses all his money, and innocent, financially poor, people get accused for a crime actually done by a spoilt rich student, and the protagonist of this movie, the tourist, was played by Welsh actor, Lee Williams (6).

 … Michael Douglas
Hema Malini, who held her own as the lead no.1 heroine in two decades (the 70’s & 80’s), a rarity today, starred along side 70’s & 80’s male superstar, Amitabh Bachchan (1), in many a movies; Malini was one of the few actresses he’s worked with so extensively, whom Bachchan was never romantically linked with by gossip mongers; and the ‘Big B’ (Bachchan) worked with Leonardo DiCaprio (2) in the latest adaptation of The Great Gatsby (2013), and DiCaprio starred in the Titanic (1997), where Kathy Bates (3) played the real life Margaret (Molly) Brown (4), activist, philanthropist and socialite, who had actually survived the Titanic disaster of April 1912, who was later famously known as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and was portrayed by Debbie Reynolds (5) in, the appropriately titled Hollywood musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964); which was based on a Broadway musical, based on Brown’s life; and Reynolds recently played mother to actor Michael Douglas (6) in Behind the Candelabra (2013).

… Zubeida Begum
Hema Malini’s daughter Esha Deol (1) starred in Yuva (2004), a multi-starrer, which consisted of, besides Deol, many a children of 70’s superstars, including Abhishek Bachchan (2), Vivek Oberoi (3) and Kareena Kapoor (4), and Kapoor’s sister, Karishma Kapoor (5), starred in Zubeidaa (2001), a bio-pic based on the real life, one-film actress and later Princess, the ill fated Zubeida Begum (6).

Hema Malini six degree connections

… Ingrid Bergman
Hema Malini’s husband Dharmendra (1), starred opposite Tanuja (2), in Izzat (1968), who appeared in Masoom (1983), which was directed by Shekhar Kapur (3), and Kapur later directed The Four Feathers (2002), which co-starred Kate Hudson (4), whose mother, actress Goldie Hawn (5) starred alongside the luminary Ingrid Bergman (6) in the comedy Cactus Flower (1969).

… Robert Taylor
Hema Malini, played a teacher in the comedy Do Aur Do Paanch (1980); which literally translated would mean 2 + 2 = 5, which co-starred Shashi Kapoor (1), who starred alongside Felicity Kendal (2) in Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), and Kendal appeared in the movie Valentino (1977), a bio-pic, in which the famed Russian ballet dancer; who defected from the Soviet Union, into the west, via Paris; Rudolf Nureyev (3), played the role of the real life silent film personality, Rudolph Valentino (4), who’s best known for his role of a sheik infatuated with a classy lady, in the silent romantic venture, The Sheik (1921), which co-starred Agnes Ayres (5); as the damsel in distress that gets kidnapped by the sheik, and the object of his desire; and Ayres had a bit role in the talkie, Small Town Girl (1936), which co-starred Robert Taylor (6).

… Kevin Spacey  
Hema Malini’s directorial debut in cinema, came with Dil Aashna Hai (1992), which was based on the novel, Lace by Shirley Conran (1), and the American television adaptation of which, Lace (1984), directed by William Hale (2), starred Phoebe Cats (3), who starred alongside Michael J. Fox (4) in Bright Lights, Big City (1988), and J. Fox starred in The American President (1995), which also saw Annette Bening (5) falling for a United States fictional President, and Bening appeared in American Beauty (1999), which co-starred Kevin Spacey (6).

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