Garewal in Jan 2012
17 October 1947
Ludhiana, PEPSU, India
|Occupation||Film actor,Producer, director, Chat show Hostess|
|Years active||1962 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Ravi Mohan (divorced)|
Simi Garewal was born in Ludhiana, PEPSU, in a Jatt Sikh family. Her father, J S Garewal served in the army rising to the rank of brigadier. Simi grew up in England and studied at Newland House School with her sister Amrita.
Film and television career
After spending much of her childhood in England, Garewal returned to India while a teenager. Her felicity with the English language induced the makers of the English-language film Tarzan Goes to India to offer her a role. A gangly 15-year-old, Garewal made her debut alongside Feroz Khan in this film in 1962. Her performance was good enough for her to fetch many more film offers. During the 1960s and '70s, she was in several notable Indian films, working with leading directors such as Mehboob Khan's Son of India, Raj Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker (1970), Satyajit Ray in Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest), Mrinal Sen in Padatik (The Guerilla Fighter) and Raj Khosla in Do Badan. She starred opposite Shashi Kapoor in Columbia Pictures' Siddhartha, an English-language movie based on the novel by Hermann Hesse. Garewal did a semi-nude scene in this film which caused some controversy in India. Later, in the mid-1970s, she made an appearance in the popular film Kabhi Kabhie (1976), made by her brother-in-law Yash Chopra, and had a starring role in Chalte Chalte (1976). Another notable role she played was as a vamp in Karz (1980). She starred in the BBC docu-drama Maharajas (1987), based on the book by Charles Allen.
In the early 1980s, her attention turned to writing and direction. She formed her own production company, Siga Arts International. She hosted, produced and directed a TV series for Doordarshan called It's a Woman's World (1983). She also made a documentary for Channel 4 in the UK called Living Legend Raj Kapoor (1984). This was followed by a three-part documentary on Rajiv Gandhi titled India's Rajiv. She wrote and directed a Hindi feature film Rukhsat and produced television commercials, for which she won the first prize from the 1988 Paters Award in Australia.
She usually wears her signature white clothes on TV shows and at award ceremonies, and is popularly known as "The Lady in White". Garewal recently appeared on Say Shava Shava 2008 as a host and judge. After the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, Simi Garewal caused a storm of criticism in India and abroad by publicly calling for the Indian government to "carpet-bomb" the terrorist camps of its neighbour, Pakistan.
She returned to television with her new talk show India's Most Desirable on Star Plus which would interview Bollywood actors, business and media icons, and Indian cricketers about their "ideal and desirable beaus".
Simi Garewal has her own website which she uses to interact with her fans: www.simigarewal.com. The site has her voice reading the text.
Garewal had her first serious relationship at the age of 17, with then Maharaja of Jamnagar, who was also her neighbor in England. In the early 1980s, Garewal dated Salman Taseer, a Pakistani businessman.
Simi Garewal is a popular TV host and has acted in few Bollywood movies. In 1972, for her nude scene in Siddhartha with actor Shashi Kapoor, the movie couldn't be released in India due to censorship and created controversy.
- India's Most Desirable (May 2011) .... As the show host
- Rukhsat (1988) .... Radha Talwar
- Love and God (1986) (as Simi Garewal) .... Ghazala
- Haathkadi (1982) .... Pammi Mittal
- Teri Meri Kahani (1982) (TV) .... Meena Sastry/Seema
- Biwi O Biwi (1981) .... Nisha
- Professor Pyarelal (1981) .... Rita
- Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980) (as Simi) .... Lady Lawyer
- Karz (1980) .... Kamini Verma
- The Burning Train (1980) .... School-teacher
- Ahsaas (1979) .... Asha Choudhry
- Abhi To Jee Lein (1977) .... Miss Mahajan (Lecturer)
- Kabhi Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976) .... Shobha Kapoor
- Chalte Chalte (1976) .... Geeta
- Naach Uthe Sansaar (1976) .... Somu
- Haath Ki Safai (1974) .... Roma S. Kumar
- Namak Haraam (1973) .... Manisha
- Padatik (1973) .... Woman Who Shelters Activist
- Siddhartha (1972) .... Kamala
- Anokhi Pehchan (1972)
- Seema (1971)
- Do Boon Pani (1971) .... Gauri
- Andaz (1971) .... Mona
- Aranyer Din Ratri (1970) .... Duli
- Mera Naam Joker (1970) .... Mary
- Ek Raat (1968)
- Saathi (1968) (as Simi) .... Rajni
- Aadmi (1968) (as Simmi) .... Aarti
- Do Badan (1966) (as Simmi) .... Dr. Anjali
- Johar-Mehmood in Goa (1965) (as Simmi) .... Simmi
- Teen Devian (1965) (as Simi) .... Simi/Radha Rani
- Tarzan Goes to India (1962) (as Simi) .... Princess Kamara
- Son of India (1962) .... Lalita
- Raaz Ki Baat (1962) .... Kamal
- Rendezvous with Simi Garewal (1997) TV series .... Presenter (140 episodes)
- India's Rajiv (1991) 3 part TV documentary series
- Living Legend Raj Kapoor (1985) documentary on Raj Kapoor for Channel Four television, UK
- Rukhsat (1988)
- Naseeb (1981) as Herself
Awards and nominations
- 1966–Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award – Do Badan
- 1968–Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award – Saathi
- 1980–Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Karz
- 1999–Screen Awards for Best Talk Show & Best Anchor
- 2001–RAPA Award for Best Anchor & Talk show
- 2003–Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor
- 2003–Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence in Media & Television
- 2004–Indian Filmgoers Association Award Best Talk Show
- Rendezvous with Simi Garewal – The Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (1 February 2004). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
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- Siddhartha (1972). PopMatters. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Gloriously grey. Screenindia.com (17 October 2008). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Simi Garewal`s Rendezvous 100 Party. Sify.com (14 June 2004). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- "Lady in white".
- Screen > The Business of Entertainment. Screenindia.com (4 January 2008). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- http://ibnlive.in.com/news/simi-brings-indias-most-desirable-on-tv/158329-44.html Simi brings India's Most Desirable
- A Lahore Boy In Delhi. Outlookindia.com. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Simi Garewal: the icon of style. Rediff.com. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- 'I Don't Know One Editor In India Who Is Well-Read'. www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Movies: Siddhartha, a lost tale. rediff.com (21 September 2002). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Kesavan, Mukul. "The Mumbai tragedy and the English language news media", The Telegraph, 4 December 2008.
- Simi Garewal's Official Youtube Channel, of Siga Arts International
- Simi Garewal: the icon of style
- Bollywood501 portrait
- Simi Garewal at the Internet Movie Database