Actress Hema Malini, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Mathura Lok Sabha constituency, says her years of toil in the film industry have helped her survive as a politician.
"All my years in movies - all the hard work, tough outdoor schedules, long hours - have all helped me in my new avatar as politician! Off to Baldeo kshetra (area) today with all your good wishes and blessings," the 65-year-old posted on her Twitter page Wednesday.
The star of films like "Seeta Aur Geeta" and "Sholay" said she received a warm welcome in Baldeo.
"Women coming out in hordes to welcome me - all promising to vote for me," she added.
Hema was recently upset at reports that her family was not by her side to support her in campaigning. She pointed out that while her daughters Ahana and Esha have been lending their support, her husband and actor Dharmendra will join her soon.