"I don't feel any inequality in my political work. To me, I am different, I don't indulge in small things. So I cannot compare myself to others," Hema said. However, she said that inequality in Bollywood is nothing new. Pointing out that Bollywood has always been a male and hero-dominated industry, she explained: "Suddenly these points are coming up about inequality. Bollywood was always been as a male-dominated industry." She said that the characters which Dharmendra or other actors portrayed, the heroines could not do. "For a heroine to get the same kind of acknowledgment, it has to be a heroine-oriented film and for men, a hero-dominated film. There is clearly no comparison," she said. Dwelling upon the gap in pay for men and women in Hindi films, she said: "Moneywise in those days, the heroes had so much of shooting and so much of work. I don't think heroines had that much of work. Heroines had a few songs to sing, some nice interesting scenes, and that's it."
Nevertheless, the former chairperson of the National Film Development Corporation said there were some exceptions. As an actress, Hema had taken on strong roles in films like "Chaalbaaz", "Mulzim", "Satte Pe Satta" and "Sholay".