"I would love to make a show where you have all the
classical dances like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, etc, but times
have changed. We can hardly do anything as even television
producers are not willing to take up a concept like that.
None of the channels support me," said the 63-year-old,
who is married to veteran star Dharmendra.
There are many feathers in Hema's cap. Apart from being
a good actor and dancer, she is a director as well as a
Her first film as a producer and director was "Dil
Aashna Hai" in 1992, which had Shah Rukh Khan playing
the lead role. After 19 years, Hema has once again donned
the director's hat with her new film "Tell Me O Kkhuda",
which stars Esha Deol, Arjan Bajwa, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor
and Vinod Khanna.
What changes have she noticed in the field of direction
and production over the years?
"Direction has undergone a dramatic change. Technological
advancement has taken film direction to a newer level. And
it is important to make full use of it in the right way,"
said Hema, fondly called the "Dream Girl".
However, she feels post-production has become quite expensive.
"Many times I have seen, if something goes wrong and
we tell the cameraperson that this is defective, they say
'don't worry everything would be corrected in post-production'.
It not only becomes expensive but also time-consuming. This
was not there before," said Hema, who has films like
"Dream Girl", "Sholay", "Johny
Mera Naam" and "Seeta Aur Geeta" to her credit.
"Earlier, we had no option but to do everything completely
correctly. I feel films made earlier were also of good quality.
The girls were very beautiful at that time and that beauty
would come alive on screen, whether it was Madhubala, Meena
Kumari, even in black and white.
"There was no technology at that time, they used to
picturise it very well and the lighting was very nice. We
don't see that beauty on screen any more. Today you cannot
even see the heroine properly; in the fraction of a second
the scene changes."