Babita

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Babita
Kapoor Women.jpg
Babita (left) with her daughters Karisma and Kareena
Born (1948-04-20) 20 April 1948 (age 67)
Bombay, Bombay State, India (Now Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Occupation Actress
Religion Christianity[1]
Spouse(s) Randhir Kapoor (1971–Present)
Children Karisma Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor
Relatives Saif Ali Khan (Son-in-law)
Sanjay Kapoor (Son-in-law)
See Kapoor Family

Babita Shivdasani (born 20 April 1948[2][3][4]) is a former Bollywood actress. Babita was born to actor Hari Shivdasani, who was from a Sindhi family that migrated from Pakistan to India. Her mother is a British national. Babita married actor Randhir Kapoor, becoming the eldest daughter-in-law of actor Raj Kapoor. She is also great-daughter-in-law of actor Prithviraj Kapoor. Her daughters are actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.

Background[edit]

Main article: Kapoor family

Babita was born to actor Hari Shivdasani, who was of a Hindu Sindhi family, and a Christian mother.[5] Shivdasani organized a screen test for her with veteran producer G.P. Sippy. He liked her screen test and gave her the opportunity to star in his film. She is the cousin of yesteryear actress Sadhana.

Career[edit]

In her short career she appeared in 19 films including: Dus Lakh (1966), Raaz (1967), Farz (1967), Aulad (1968), Haseena Maan Jayegi (1969), and Kab Kyon Aur Kahan (1970). She starred with her future husband Randhir Kapoor in the hit film Kal Aaj Aur Kal. Her biggest box-office successes were Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968) with her future uncle-in-law Shashi Kapoor, Farz with Jeetendra and Kismat with Biswajeet.

Personal life[edit]

She married Randhir Kapoor on 6 November 1971.[citation needed] The marriage produced two children: Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.[6][7][8]

After the birth of their daughters, their relationship was under strain and finally after a few years they separated. Babita walked out taking her daughters with her. Her two daughters went on to become film stars of their generation unlike her who could never reach that kind of success.

After about 20 years of separation, Babita re-united with Randhir 2007 and moved in with him.

Babita became a grandmother when elder daughter Karisma gave birth to a baby girl, Samaira Kapoor. Her second grandchild is Karisma's son Kiaan Raj Kapoor.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1966 Dus Lakh Rita
1967 Raaz Asha
1967 Farz Sunita
1968 Kismat Roma
1968 Haseena Maan Jayegi Archana 'Archie'
1968 Aulad Bharti
1969 Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai Sapna Nath
1969 Ek Shrimaan Ek Shrimati Deepali Lakhanpal
1969 Doli Asha
1969 Anmol Moti
1969 Anjaana Rachna Malhotra
1970 Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? Asha Prasad
1970 Pehchan Barkha
1971 Kal Aaj Aur Kal Monica 'Mona'
1971 Bikhare Moti
1971 Banphool Gulabi
1972 Jeet Kohili
1972 Ek Hasina Do Diwane Neeta
1973 Sone Ke Hath

Trivia[edit]

  • Babita was offered the author-backed role of a widow (eventually played by Hema Malini) in Ramesh Sippy's Andaaz. However, her father thought it was contrary to her glamour girl image and prevailed upon Babita to turn it down.
  • She worked in at least one film with all the top stars of the day, including Dharmendra (in Kab, Kyon Aur Kahan), Shammi Kapoor (in Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai), Rajendra Kumar (in Anjaana) and Manoj Kumar (in Pehchaan).
  • Around the jubilee week, the censor board chopped off a portion of the song "Hum to tere ashiq hain". After a lot of public hue and cry, the song was reinstated which gave the film a lease of an additional 25 weeks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Now, Saif-Kareena to exchange wedding vows in church". India Today. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Babita". iloveindia.com.
  3. ^ Bollywood Film Actress Babita Photo Gallery and Biography. cine-talkies.com
  4. ^ "Babita Horoscope by Date of Birth | Horoscope of Babita Bollywood, Actor". astrosage.com.
  5. ^ Sheeba Hasan (16 June 2009) My mother didn't like me in bikini. masala.com
  6. ^ Meena Iyer (24 February 2010). "Kareena: Yes, I eat! – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kareena, Saif at St Andrew’s Church in Mumbai – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 26 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kareena, family and friends go to midnight mass at St Andrews". Mid-day.com. 26 December 2008. 

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