Neetu Singh

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Neetu Kapoor
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Born Neetu Singh
(1958-07-08) 8 July 1958 (age 58)
Delhi, India[1]
Other names Baby Sonia
Ethnicity Punjabi
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966–1972 (as child actress),
1972–1983, 2009–present
Religion Sikhism
Spouse(s) Rishi Kapoor (1979–present)
Children Riddhima Kapoor Sahani (b. 1980)
Ranbir Kapoor (b. 1982)
Parent(s) Darshan Singh
Rajee Kaur

Neetu Singh (born 8 July 1958), also known as Neetu Kapoor following her marriage to Rishi Kapoor in 1980, is an Indian Bollywood actress. She started acting at 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 on to appear in over 60 films. She left the film industry in 1983 after her marriage to frequent co-star Rishi Kapoor in 1980. She 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 Delhi in a Punjabi Sikh family. Her parents name are Rajee Kaur and Darshan Singh. She lived in Shanti Building, Peddar Road, Bombay and attended the Hill Grange High School on Peddar Road.


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 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).

She acted opposite Rishi Kapoor, her future husband, in 11 films. The most successful were 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. Neetu was 21 when she married Kapoor. 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). Singh and Kapoor were awarded Best Lifetime Jodi ("couple") at the 2011 Zee Cine Awards ceremony.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Singh with husband Rishi Kapoor at IIFA 2012

On screen and off it, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor fell in love. They tied the knot in January 1980 after a much publicized engagement that was the talk of Bollywood. The couple has two children: Riddhima (born 15 September 1980) and Ranbir (born 28 September 1982). Known as a fashion designer, Riddhima Kapoor married Delhi-based industrialist Bharat Sahni on 25 January 2006 and gave birth to a daughter named Samara in March 2011.[6] Ranbir Kapoor is a very successful Bollywood actor whose career started in the late 2000s.


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



  1. ^ Raheja, Dinesh (9 April 2003). "The unforgettable Neetu Singh". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  2. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  3. ^ The unforgettable Neetu Singh
  4. ^ The Kapoor legend lives on in a new book- Hindustan Times
  5. ^ "Hrithik, SRK top Zee Cine Awards". Hindustan Times. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Kapoor's family day out

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