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Delhi Diary: India 'Dream Girl' Criticised For Calling Mumbai Overpopulated

Last update: 02/01/2018
 
By Shakir Husain

Shakir Husain, Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi shares his take from the Indian sub-continent.

NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- Indian actress and politician Hema Malini started her acting career in the 1960s and achieved stardom in the 1970s. She became known as India's "Dream Girl" after acting in a movie of the same name. It was in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, India's Tinseltown, where her dreams came true.

Today she is a member of parliament from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Malini has not achieved stardom in politics but she is a household name because of her Bollywood career.

In the years that saw Malini zoom to new heights of popularity, Mumbai also witnessed its phenomenal rise as the entertainment capital, financial centre, home of big businesses, and a hub for foreign trade.

Mumbai became the city where India\'s youth who wanted to make it big in life wanted to migrate to. Wannabe actors, skilled and unskilled workers, entrepreneurs, artists, sophisticated and unsophisticated, the city attracted all kinds of people.

Hence, it was no surprise that Malini's comments last week about restricting people from moving into the mega city drew widespread social media attention. Malini, aged 69, was born in a Tamil-speaking household in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu, and many pointed out that she herself was a migrant to the city.....

 
 
 

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