The actress best known for her iconic Basanti character in Sholay in turn introduced India to an icon with her directorial debut.
Dil Aashna Hai starred the late Divya Bharti opposite a very young Shah Rukh Khan. The film didn't do well but the actor, well, did.
Hema found more success with a TV show she made called Noopur, a drama starring herself as a Bharatnatyam dancer.
Image: Hema Malini