Hema Malini: Women’s quota bill key for empowerment

The Women’s Reservation Bill brought forth by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and passed by Parliament is an important step towards empowerment of women, said actor-MP Hema Malini.

Referring to her 20-year-long political career, Hema Malini, who inaugurated the Mahila Mahotsav of the 35th Pune Festival at Balgandharva Kaladalan in Pune on Saturday, said, “Film is my career, dance is my profession and politics is my service.”

“Today is Radhastami. It is also the inauguration of Mahila Mahotsav… Today is a very auspicious day and I am very happy to have come here all the way from Mathura,” said the actor expresssing her love for Pune.

Expressing her gratitude to the artists who made her sketches and paintings that were showcased at the event, the actor said, “I am overwhelmed by the feelings you have towards me through this exhibition.”

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Hema Malini also said that president of Pune Festival Suresh Kalmadi should be congratulated for organising the cultural festival in the country for the last 35 years.

“Artists from all over the country come here and present their art. It is a matter of appreciation that rising and budding artists are getting a platform here to present their works,” she said.

Mahila Mahotsav was started to promote the artistic qualities of women through the Pune Festival. “Hence, thousands of women in Pune have got an opportunity to present their art,” said Malini who expressed her appreciation to the organisers of various competitions for women.