Raj Babbar

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Raj Babbar
राज बब्बर
Raaj Babbar.jpg
Born (1952-06-23) 23 June 1952 (age 62)
Tundla, Uttar Pradesh
Term 1994–1999
Political party
Indian National Congress(Present), Samajwadi Party(Previously)
Spouse(s) Nadira Zaheer (1975-1983 divorced, two children)
Smita Patil
Children Arya Babbar
Juhi Babbar
Prateik Babbar
Relatives Anup Soni (son-in-law)
Signature Raj Babbar

Raj Babbar (Hindi: राज बब्बर, Punjabi: ਰਾਜ ਬੱਬਰ; born 23 June 1952) is a Hindi and Punjabi film actor since 1979 and politician belonging to Indian National Congress party. He unsuccessfully contested against Gen. V. K. Singh (Retd.) of BJP from Ghaziabad in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Early life[edit]

Babbar was born in Tundla, uttar Pradesh on 23 June 1952.[1] He is an alumnus of the 1975 batch of National School of Drama and graduated from Agra College.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He trained in the Method school of acting at NSD, which is involved in Street Theatre. After his training in New Delhi he moved to Mumbai and started his film career with Reena Roy, one of the well known actresses of that time. He gained fame for the movie 'Insaaf Ka Taraazu', in which his was a portrayal of a rapist, who assaults the heroine and later his sister, and in the end, gets shot for his deeds.

He became a consistent feature of the B. R. Chopra banner; Nikaah with Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha, Aaj Ki Aawaz with Smita Patil, with whom he married, despite being married with two children at the time.

He also achieved success in Punjabi cinema as he gave remarkable performances in Chann Pardesi (1980), Marhi Da Deeva (1989), and Long Da Lishkara (1986) – three art house movies with serious themes treated in a realistic manner and this was an innovation for Punjabi films field. He also acted in the hit Punjabi films Aasra Pyar Da (1983), Marhi Da Diva (1989), Mahaul Theek Hai (1999), Shaheed Uddham Singh (2000), Yaaran Naal Baharan (2005), "Ek Jind Ek Jaan (2006), "Apni Boli Apna Des" (2009), and "Tera Mera Ki Rishta" (2009).

He has also acted in television. He appeared in the introductory episodes of the famous Indian TV series "Mahabharat" (1988), as king Bharat, "Bahadur Shah Zafar" (1986), as Akbar, alongside the then debutant Juhi Chawla, and also in his home production series, "Maharaja Ranjit Singh" (2010), all telecasted in Doordarshan. In 2014 and 2015, He acted in the serial telecasted in Life Ok, "Pukaar - Call For The Hero," directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, with Rannvijay Singh, Adah Sharma and Shubhangi Latkar.

Political life[edit]

Raj Babbar entered politics by joining Samajwadi Party and was elected as the Member of Parliament of India for three times. From 1994 to 1999 he was a member of Rajya Sabha. He was re-elected in the 14th Lok Sabha elections for the second term in 2004. He was suspended from Samajwadi Party in 2006. Later he joined hands with the former Prime Minister of India V. P. Singh. He joined Indian National Congress in 2008 and was elected for fourth term as Member of Parliament in 2009, by defeating Dimple Yadav wife of Akhilesh Yadav and daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav.[2] In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he contested from Ghaziabad and lost to General V K Singh.[3]

Controversy[edit]

Raj Babbar, in the capacity of Congress spokesman, created controversy in 2013, by stating that Rs.12 is sufficient to get a full meal for common man in Mumbai, which drew severe criticism.[4] He also said that a poor person in India can get full meals two times a day, within Rs. 28 to 32 and opposition parties termed Raj Babbar's statement as laughable.[4] Later, he regretted his comments.[5] In July 2013, he compared Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler which also created controversy.[6] He is also the current Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defence, Lok Sabha.

Personal life[edit]

Raj with wife Nadira, July 2012

Raj Babbar married Nadira Zaheer, daughter of noted theatre personality Sajjad Zaheer. Arya Babbar and Juhi Babbar are his children from Nadira. He then married actress Smita Patil who gave birth to their son Prateik Babbar.[citation needed] He had two younger brothers, Kishen and Vinod and four younger sisters. He has launched his own home production Babbar Films Pvt. Ltd. Under this he has produced two feature films, "Karm Yodha" (1992), "Kaash Aap Hamare Hote" (2003), and the serial "Maharaja Ranjit Singh" (2010).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Selected acting filmography[edit]

[citation needed]

Film Actress(s) Opposite
Kissa Kursi Ka (1977)
Aap To Aise Na The (1980) Ranjeeta
Jazbaat (1980) Zareena Wahab
Sau Din Saas Ke (1980) Reena Roy / Asha Parekh
Chann Pardesi (Punjabi) (1980) Rajni Sharma
Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980) Zeenat Aman / Padmini Kolhapure
Hum Paanch (1980) Shabana Azmi
Saajan Mere Main Saajan Ki (1980) Rameshwari
Kalyug (1981) Rekha
Raaz (1981) Sulakshana Pandit / Sarika
Poonam (1981) Poonam Dhillon
Prem Geet (1981) Anita Raj / Rajni Sharma / Sonika Gill
Sharda (1981) Sarika
Yeh Rishta Na Toote (1981) Bindiya Goswami / Mala Sinha
Umrao Jaan (1981) Rekha
Tajurba (1981) Smita Patil
Armaan (1981) Ranjeeta
Dulha Bikta Hai (1982) Anita Raj
Daulat (1982) Sarika
Bheegi Palken (1982) Smita Patil
Aapas Ki Baat (1982) Poonam Dhillon
Jeevan Dhaara (1982) Rekha
Lakshmi (1982) Reena Roy
Nikaah (1982) Salma Agha
Arpan (1983) Reena Roy
Agar Tum Na Hote (1983) Rekha
Aasra Pyar Da (Punjabi) (1983) Priti Sapru
Main Awara Hoon (1983)
Mazdoor (1983) Padmini Kolhapure / Rati Agnihotri
Gehri Chot (1983) Parveen Babi
Rang Birangi (1983) Bindiya Goswami
Kalka (1983)
Mehandi (1983)
Naukar Biwi Ka (1983) Reena Roy
Panchwin Manzil (1983) Shoma Anand
Rishta Kagaz Ka (1983) Rati Agnihotri
Aaj Ki Awaz (1984) Smita Patil
Anand Aur Anand (1984) Smita Patil
Inteha (1984)
Jeene Nahin Doonga (1984)
Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein (1984)
Maati Maange Khoon (1984)
Pet Pyar Aur Paap (1984) Smita Patil / Moushmi Chatterji
Shapath (1984)
Jhoothi (1985) Rekha / Supriya Pathak
Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari (1985) Reena Roy
Haqeeqat (1985)
Hum Do Hamare Do (1985) Smita Patil
Jawab (1985) Smita Patil
Aitbaar (1985) Dimple Kapadia
Maha Shaktimaan (1985) Meenakshi Sheshadri
Meraa Ghar Mere Bachche (1985) Smita Patil
Lavaa (1985) Dimple Kapadia
Salma (1985) Salma Agha / Shoma Anand
Ulta Seedha (1985) Rati Agnihotri
Bahadur Shah Zafar (TV Series) (1986) Juhi Chawla
Angaarey (1986) Smita Patil
Long Da Lishkara (Punjabi) (1986) Harpreet Deol
Dahleez (1986) Meenakshi Sheshadri
Kirayadar (1986) Padmini Kolhapure
Baat Ban Jaye" (1986) Zeenat Aman
Suhagan (1986) Sridevi
Awaam (1987) Smita Patil
Inasaaniyat Ke Dushman (1987) Dimple Kapadia
Jaan Hatheli Pe (1987) Rekha
Mirch Masala (1987) Smita Patil
Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987) Meenakshi Sheshadri / Tina Munim
Sansar (1987) Rekha
Andha Yudh (1988)
Hum Farishte Nahin (1988)
Kabzaa (1988) Dimple Kapadia
Kanwarlal film (1988) Sujata Mehta
Mahaveera (1988) Dimple Kapadia
Mahabharat (TV Series) (1988)
Mera Muqaddar (1988) Aruna Irani
Rama O Rama (1988) Kimi Katkar
Vijay (1988) Moushmi Chatterji
Waaris (1988) Smita Patil / Amrita Singh
Libaas (1988) Shabana Azmi
Zakhmi Aurat (1988) Dimple Kapadia
Paanch Fauladi (1988)
Asmaan Se Ooncha (1989) Anita Raj
Marhi Da Deeva (Punjabi) (1989) Deepti Naval
Hisaab Khoon Ka (1989) Poonam Dhillon
Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1989)
Mohabat Ka Paigham (1989)
Suryaa: An Awakening (1989) Bhanupriya
Amiri Garibi (1990) Poonam Dhillon
Ghayal (1990) Moushmi Chatterji
Shadyantra (1990) Hema Malini
Qurbani Jatt Di (Punjabi) (1990) Priti Sapru
Do Yaar (1990) Moushmi Chatterji / Anita Raj
Gunehgar Kaun (1991) Sujata Mehta
Dharam Sankat (1991) Amrita Singh
Swarg Jaisaa Ghar (1991) Anita Raj
Anutap (Bengali) (1992) Debashree Roy
Karm Yodha (1992) Dimple Kapadia / Neelima Azeem
Aaj Ka Goonda Raaj (1992) Sumalatha
Kal Ki Awaz (1992) Neena Gupta / Pratibha Sinha
Sadhna (1993) Sujata Mehta
Rudaali (1993) Dimple Kapadia
Badi Bahen (1993) Meenakshi Sheshadri
Aankhen (1993) Neena Gupta
Maya Memsaab (1993) Deepa Sahi
Naseebo (Punjabi) (1994) Priti Sapru / Kimi Verma
Dalaal (1994)
Ucha Pind (Punjabi) (1994) Seema Kaushal
God and Gun (1995) Gauthami
Sarhad: The Border of Crime (1995) Farah Naaz
Barsaat (1995) Twinkle Khanna
Yaraana (1995) Madhuri Dixit
Maahir (1996) Hema Malini
Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997) Priya Tendulkar
Itihaas (1997)
Qahar (1997)
Ziddi (1997)
Achanak (1998)
Maharaja (1998)
Prem Aggan (1998) Smita Jaykar
Daag: The Fire (1999) Mahima Chaudhary
Mahaul Theek Hai (Punjabi) (1999) Daljit Kaur
Baaghi (2000)
Shaheed Uddham Singh (Punjabi) (2000) Juhi Chawla
Indian (2001) Reema Lagoo / Shilpa Shetty
Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa (2002) Neena Kulkarni / Esha Deol
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) Farida Jalal
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)
LOC Kargil (2003)
Kash Aap Hamare Hote (2003)
Police Force: An Inside Story (2004)
Sheen (2004) Kiran Juneja
Shikaar (2004)
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) Rameshwari
Yaaran Naal Baharran (Punjabi) (2005) Sunita Dheer / Sudeepa Singh
Corporate (2006) Navni Parihar
Ek Jind Ek Jaan (Punjabi) (2006) Nagma
Banaras: A Mystic Love Story (2006) Dimple Kapadia / Urmila Matondkar
Aap Kaa Surroor: The Movie (2007)
Karzzz (2008) Himani Shivpuri
Fashion (2008) Kiran Juneja / Priyanka Chopra
Tera Mera Ki Rishta (Punjabi) (2009) Dolly Minhas / Kulraj Randhawa
Apni Boli Apna Des (Punjabi) (2009) Simran Sachdev
Maharaja Ranjit Singh (2010) (TV Series)
Bodyguard (2011) Vidya Sinha / Shubhangi Latkar / Kareena Kapoor
Force (2011)
Khiladi 786 (2012)
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013) Soha Ali Khan
Rabba Main Kya Karoon (2013) Anuradha Patel
Bullett Raja (2013)
Pukaar-Call For The Hero (2014-2015) (TV Series) Shubhangi Latkar
Tevar (2015) Deepti Naval / Gunjan Malhotra / Sonakshi Sinha

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