While speaking in an interview in 2015 to Filmfare, the star had opened up about her mother Jaya Chakravarthy and how she would make the actress wear traditional sarees despite her objections. She had revealed revealed that people would make make fun of her. She said, “My mother made me wear heavy Kanjivaram sarees. I did protest but she would have none of it. The wives of the producers, who were mostly Punjabi women, used to make fun of my sarees and rich blouses. ‘Woh dekho, Madrasan aagayi (See there, the Madrasan is here)!” they’d say.'”
Back in June, the actress had taken to her Twitter handle to remember her mom. She posted throwback pictures with her late mother. She tweeted, ”My mother Smt Jaya Chakravarthy,affectionately called Mummy by all who knew her was an iconic figure in Mumbai,respected by everyone.She left us on this day 17 yrs ago. To me she was everything-she made me what I am & moulded my career.I feel her presence guiding me even today.”
My mother Smt Jaya Chakravarthy,affectionately called Mummy by all who knew her was an iconic figure in Mumbai,resp… https://t.co/it9LMY6oEg
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) 1624591849000
She married Bollywood actor Dharmendra in 1980, and the couple has two daughters, Esha and Ahana.