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Thursday, 19 July, 2001, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Bollywood actress in UK ballet
Hema Malini and her daughters
Hema Malini's daughters are making their UK debut
Bollywood actress Hema Malini is to perform in an Indian ballet in the UK with her two daughters.

The Arts and Music Academy will present Mahalakshmi on 21 July at the Wembley Conference Centre.

Mahalakshmi is the story of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. There are 14 scenes depicting mythological events.

The aim of the production is to introduce UK audiences to Indian ballet. The ballet will be narrated by Malini in Hindi and English.

Known as India's "Dream Girl", Hema Malini is one of Bollywood's best known and most talented stars. She has been a dancer, actress, producer and director.

Acclaim

Daughter Esha Deol has followed in her mother's footsteps, starring in films alongside famous Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan.

Esha and Ahana Deol, Malini's other daughter, are making their UK debut in the ballet, accompanied by a about 30 classical dancers and musicians.

Malini has performed her ballet in numerous countries to great acclaim, including New York, Seattle, Portugal, Bahrain, Dubai and Jakarta.

When Malini performed in the US, there were thousands at each performance.

New York critic Brahm Kanchbopholta lauded the production for its wide appeal. He commented that during one scene, Malini received a standing ovation.

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