Babita (left) with her daughters Karisma and Kareena
April 20, 1948 |
Bombay, Bombay State, India (Now Mumbai, Maharashtra)
|Spouse(s)||Randhir Kapoor (1971–Present)|
Babita Shivdasani (or Bhambhani) born 20 April 1948, 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.
Babita was born to actor Hari Shivdasani, who was of a Hindu Sindhi family, and a Christian mother. 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.
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.
She married Randhir Kapoor on 6 November 1971. 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.
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.
|1968||Haseena Maan Jayegi||Archana 'Archie'|
|1969||Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai||Sapna Nath|
|1969||Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati||Deepali Lakhanpal|
|1970||Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?||Asha Prasad|
|1971||Kal Aaj Aur Kal||Monica 'Mona'|
|1972||Ek Hasina Do Diwane||Neeta|
|1973||Sone Ke Hath|
- 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.
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- "Kareena, family and friends go to midnight mass at St Andrews". Mid-day.com. 2008-12-26.