Simple Kapadia

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Simple Kapadia
Born (1958-08-15)15 August 1958
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died 10 November 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 51)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, Costume designer
Years active 1977–2007

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.

Her elder sister is actress Dimple Kapadia. She was the aunt of Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna.

Filmography – costume designer[edit]

Year Title
1987 Insaaf
1989 Shehzaade
1990 Drishti
1990 Lekin...
1991 Ajooba
1993 Darr
1993 Aaj Kie Aurat
1993 Rudaali
1995 Barsaat
1996 Ghatak: Lethal
1996 Jaan
1996 Uff Yeh Mohabbat
1996 Ajay
1998 Chachi 420
1998 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
1999 Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan
2001 Pyaar Zindagi Hai
2001 Kasam
2002 23rd March 1931: Shaheed
2004 Rok Sako to Rok Lo
2005 Socha Na Tha
2006 Naksha
2006 Gafla

Filmography – actress[edit]

Year Title
1977 Anurodh
1978 Chakravyuha
1979 Ahsaas
1979 Kizakkum Merkum Sandhikarana (Tamil)
1980 Man Pasand
1980 Lootmaar
1981 Shakka
1981 Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai
1981 Parakh
1982 Dulha Bikta Hai
1982 Jeevan Dhaara
1982 Tumhare Bina
1984 Hum Rahe Na Hum
1985 Rehguzar
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.[1]

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