Babita

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Babita
Kapoor Women.jpg
Babita (left) with daughters in 2001
Born 20 April 1947 (age 71)
Bombay, British India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966–1973
Spouse(s) Randhir Kapoor (m. 1971)
Children 2 (Karisma and Kareena)
Parent(s) Hari Shivdasani
Barbara Shivdasani
Relatives See Kapoor family

Babita (born as Babita Hari Shivdasani), also known by her married name Babita Kapoor, is a former Indian actress of Sindhi and British descent, who appeared in Hindi-language films. The daughter of actor Hari Shivdasani, she is the first cousin of her contemporary actress Sadhana Shivdasani. Her debut film was the successful drama Dus Lakh (1966), but it was the romantic thriller Raaz (1967), opposite Rajesh Khanna, that gained her recognition. From 1966 to 1973, she starred in nineteen films as the lead heroine, including the box office successes Dus Lakh (1966), Farz (1967), Haseena Maan Jayegi, Kismat (both in 1968), Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati (1969), Doli (1969), Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) and Banphool (1971). Following her marriage to actor Randhir Kapoor in 1971, she acted in Jeet and Ek Hasina Do Diwane (both in 1972). Her subsequent release, Sone Ke Hath (1973) flopped and she decided to leave her film career. The couple have two daughters together, film actresses Karisma and Kareena.

Background[edit]

Babita was born in Bombay to actor Hari Shivdasani, who was from a Hindu Sindhi family which had migrated from Pakistan to India after the partition and a British Christian mother, Barbara Shivdasani. Her sister, Meena Advani, is the owner of Powermaster Engineers Private Limited and Power-master tools Private Limited.[1] The late actress Sadhana Shivdasani was her first cousin and contemporary.[2]

Career[edit]

In her movie career, she appeared in nineteen films. Her first film to release was the 1966 successful film Dus Lakh, which also starred Sanjay Khan, Om Prakash and her sister-in-law to be Neetu Singh. However, the first film she had signed was actually Raaz (1967) co-starring Rajesh Khanna, which was released in 1967. Her biggest box office successes were Dus Lakh with Sanjay Khan, Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati and Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968), (with her future uncle-in-law) Shashi Kapoor, Farz, Banphool and Ek Hasina Do Diwane with Jeetendra, Doli with Rajesh Khanna, Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai (1969) with her future uncle in law Shammi Kapoor, Kismat with Biswajeet and Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? (1970) with Dharmendra. In 1971, she acted opposite her future husband Randhir Kapoor, as well as father in-law Raj Kapoor and grandfather-in-law Prithviraj Kapoor in Kal Aaj Aur Kal. After her marriage to Randhir, they were cast together by director K. Shankar in Jeet, which was the remake of En Annan, starring M. G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. She left the film industry in 1973 following her husband's family tradition.

Personal life[edit]

Babita married Randhir Kapoor on 6 November 1971.[3] They have two children, actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.[4][5][6] She and Randhir lived in separate homes for several years, even though they were still legally married and had no intention of divorcing. The couple united in 2007 after living separately for several years.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1966 Dus Lakh Rita
1967 Raaz Sapna
1967 Farz Sunita
1968 Kismat Roma
1968 Haseena Maan Jayegi Archana (Archie)
1968 Aulad Bharti
1969 Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai Sapna Nath
1969 Ek Shrimaan Ek Shrimati Deepali Lakhanpal
1969 Doli Asha
1969 Anmol Moti Manisha
1969 Anjaana Rachna Malhotra
1970 Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? Asha Prasad
1970 Pehchan Barkha
1971 Kal Aaj Aur Kal Monica (Mona)
1971 Bikhare Moti Indrani
1971 Banphool Gulabi
1972 Jeet Priyanka
1972 Ek Hasina Do Diwane Neeta
1973 Sone Ke Hath Pooja

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saif to join girlfriend Kareena and her family for midnight mass". Mid-Day. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  2. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/I-dont-acknowledge-Babita-Sadhana/articleshow/26720515.cms
  3. ^ Monika Rawal Kukreja (25 April 2017). "Why should I want to divorce Babita?' asks Randhir Kapoor about his estranged wife". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Meena Iyer (24 February 2010). "Kareena: Yes, I eat! – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kareena, Saif at St Andrew's Church in Mumbai – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 26 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kareena, family and friends go to midnight mass at St Andrews". Mid-day.com. 26 December 2008. 
  7. ^ Monika Rawal Kukreja (25 April 2017). "Why should I want to divorce Babita?' asks Randhir Kapoor about his estranged wife". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 

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