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15 August 1958|
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Died||10 November 2009
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Actress, Costume designer|
Simple Kapadia (15 August 1958 – 10 November 2009) was a Bollywood actress and costume designer.
Simple Kapadia began her career when she was 18 years old. She made her acting debut in 1977 in the film Anurodh, paired opposite her then real-life brother-in-law, actor Rajesh Khanna. In that movie, she played the role of Sumitha Mathur. Her career as an actress spanned for almost 10 years. She starred in Shaaka in 1981 opposite Jeetendra. Her role in Lootmaar received all the plaudits from critics as well as theatregoers.
She then distinguished herself with secondary roles in movies such as Jeevan Dhara, Hum Rahe Na Hum and Dulha Bikta Hai in which she performed a memorable qawali dance. In 1985, she starred in alternate cinema movie Rehguzar opposite Shekhar Suman. This poetic movie confirmed her qualities as an actress. Despite several offers and after more than 20 movies, she decided to end her acting career in 1987 after performing in an item song for the movie Parakh. She decided to become a costume designer. She very quickly excelled in that role and in her clientele, famous names such as Tabu, Amrita Singh, Sridevi and Priyanka Chopra could be found.
In 1994, she won a National Award for her costume design in Rudaali. Later, she distinguished herself in movies such as Rok Sako To Rok Lo and Shaheed which made her one of the most sought designers of Bollywood.
Filmography – costume designer
|1993||Aaj Kie Aurat|
|1996||Uff Yeh Mohabbat|
|1998||Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai|
|1999||Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan|
|2001||Pyaar Zindagi Hai|
|2002||23rd March 1931: Shaheed|
|2004||Rok Sako to Rok Lo|
|2005||Socha Na Tha|
Filmography – actress
|1979||Kizakkum Merkum Sandhikarana (Tamil)|
|1981||Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai|
|1982||Dulha Bikta Hai|
|1984||Hum Rahe Na Hum|
|1986||Pyaar Ke Do Pal|
1994- Rudaali- National Award for Best Costume Design
Simple Kapadia was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Despite this, she was still designing costumes for movies and going through the pain barrier to get her work done. She died in a hospital in Andheri, Mumbai on 10 November 2009.
- Simple Kapadia designs Sunny's costumes for KAAFILA .IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, July 31, 2007]
- Nothing Simple about this