Neetu Singh

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Neetu Singh
Neetu Singh.jpg
Born (1958-07-08) 8 July 1958 (age 56)
Pant Nagar, Delhi, India
Residence 56, Krishna Raj, Pali Hills, Bandra (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other names Neetu Kapoor
Neetu Rishi Kapoor[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966 – 1970, 1972 – 1983, 2009 – present
Spouse(s) Rishi Kapoor (1980–present)
Children Riddhima Kapoor Sahani
Ranbir Kapoor

Neetu Singh (born 8 July 1958) (also known as Neetu Kapoor) is an Indian Bollywood actress. She started acting from the age of 8 under the name Baby Sonia. She played Roopa in the 1966 movie Dus Lakh and a dual role in the film Do Kaliyaan. Her other notable films as a child actress were Waris and Pavitra Paapi. She made her debut as a leading actress in Rikshawala in 1972 and went onto appear in over 60 films. She left the film industry in 1983 after her marriage to frequent co-star Rishi Kapoor in 1980. She recently made a comeback after 26 years appearing opposite her husband in Love Aaj Kal (2009), Do Dooni Chaar (2010), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) and Besharam (2013).

Early life[edit]

Main article: Kapoor family

Neetu Singh was born in Pant Nagar, Delhi to Rajee Kaur and Darshan Singh. She lived in Shanti Building, Peddar Road, Mumbai and attended the Hill Grange High School on Peddar Road.

Career[edit]

Neetu Singh made her debut as a child actress with films like Do Kaliyaan in the late 1960s. She started playing leading roles in 1972 with Rikshawala which was a flop. She took a small role in Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973), which became a hit, and her dance number to the song Lekar Hum brought her so much attention that she was immediately offered lead roles again. In most films, Neetu was cast as the fun-loving daughter or the 'optimistic' or 'lively' girlfriend. She acted with the top stars of her day, including her future brother-in-law Randhir Kapoor in Kasme Vaade. She acted opposite Rishi Kapoor, her future husband, in 11 films. The most successful films they acted in included Rafoo Chakkar (1974), Khel Khel Mein (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Doosra Aadmi (1978). She was nominated for Best Actress for the Star Screen Awards for her performance in the movie. She also won, along with Rishi Kapoor, Best Lifetime Jodi at the 2011 Zee Cine Awards. She was also paired opposite actors like her future uncle-in-law Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra and Shatrughan Sinha in hit films like Deewaar (1975), Adalat (1976), Dharam Veer (1977), Parvarish (1977), Jaani Dushman (1979) and Kaala Patthar (1979).

On screen and off it, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor fell in love. This led to the couple tying the knot in January 1980 after a much publicized engagement that was the talk of Bollywood. Neetu was 21 at that time. She was at the top of her career, having just been nominated for a Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress for Kaala Patthar (1979),[2] but she retired.[3] She dismissed allegations that she left the film industry, as part of the Kapoor tradition which forbids women from acting in films, claiming that it was her 'personal choice.'[4]

She made a comeback to films after 26 years appearing opposite her husband in Love Aaj Kal (2009), Do Dooni Chaar (2010), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) and Besharam (2013).

Personal life[edit]

Singh with husband Rishi Kapoor at IIFA 2012

Neetu is married to actor Rishi Kapoor with whom she has two children. Daughter Riddhima, a fashion designer, married Delhi-based industrialist Bharat Sahni on 25 January 2006. Son Ranbir Kapoor is a Bollywood very successful actor. Riddhima gave birth to a daughter named Samara in March 2011.[5]

Honour[edit]

She was honoured by Walk of the Stars as her hand print was preserved for posterity at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neetu Kapoor's name in Voter list". Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  2. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  3. ^ The unforgettable Neetu Singh
  4. ^ The Kapoor legend lives on in a new book- Hindustan Times
  5. ^ Kapoor's family day out

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