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Bollywood star Hema Malini in car crash that kills child

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Image caption At the peak of her career, Hema Malini was nicknamed Dream Girl

Bollywood actress and MP Hema Malini has been injured in a car accident in which a four-year-old girl has died, police said.

The child was a passenger aboard a hatchback car that was involved in a collision with the actress's Mercedes on Thursday night in Rajasthan state.

The MP from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of Ms Malini's car has been arrested, police said.

"Hema has injuries above her eyes, on her back and legs. I drove her to the hospital in my car. She was in pain," state lawmaker Shankar Lal Sharma told reporters.

"One girl child has died in the accident," he added.

Other passengers in the hatchback and its driver were injured and taken to hospital, the Press Trust of India quoted a local official as saying.

Television images showed Ms Malini, 66, holding a handkerchief to her bloodied forehead.

The actress has starred in nearly 150 films, including hits such as Sholay, Seeta aur Geeta and Johnny Mera Naam.

At the peak of her career, she was nicknamed "Dream Girl" and starred in a film of the same name.

News of the accident has been trending on social media in India with many writing in to express their concern for the actress.

Most, however, are criticising Ms Malini's driver, accusing him of rash driving:

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