Babita

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Babita
Kapoor Women.jpg
Babita (left) with her daughters Karisma and Kareena
Born (1948-04-20) April 20, 1948 (age 66)
Bombay, Bombay State, India (Now Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Occupation Actress
Religion Christianity[1]
Spouse(s) Randhir Kapoor (1971–Present)
Children Karisma Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor

Babita Shivdasani (or Bhambhani) born 20 April 1948,[2][3][4][5] in Mumbai, is a former Bollywood actress. Babita was born to actor Hari Shivdasani, who was from a Sindhi family that migrated from Pakistan to India, while her mother is an English British national. Babita is the wife of actor Randhir Kapoor, and 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.[6] 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), Kab Kyon Aur Kahan (1970) and many more. 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] After their marriage, Babita had to leave the film industry, as part of the Kapoor tradition which forbids women from acting in films. The marriage produced two children: Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.[7][8][9]

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. She would eventually break the tradition for which she was forced to leave the industry. Her two daughters went on to become film stars of their generation unlike her who could never reach that kind of success.

After 20 years of separation, Babita re-united with husband Randhir Kapoor in 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 Karishma'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 Shriman 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 Shammi Kapoor in Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai, Rajendra Kumar in Anjaana, Manoj Kumar in Pehchaan and Dharmendra in Kab, Kyon Aur Kahan.
  • 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.

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