Simple Kapadia

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Simple Kapadia
Born(1958-08-15)15 August 1958
Died10 November 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 51)
OccupationActress, Costume designer
ChildrenKaran Kapadia

Simple Kapadia (15 August 1958 – 10 November 2009) was a Bollywood actress and costume designer.

She is the mother of the Bollywood actor Karan Kapadia.

Early life[edit]

Simple was born to Chunnibhai and Betty Kapadia. She has 3 siblings elder sister Dimple Kapadia, younger Reem who died of drug overuse and Munna.[1]

She has a son Karan Kapadia through her marriage to a sardarji. [2]

She was the aunt of Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna.


Simple Kapadia made her acting debut in 1977 at the age of 18 in the role of Sumitha Mathur in the film Anurodh, with her brother-in-law, actor Rajesh Khanna. Her career as an actress spanned for almost 10 years. She starred in Shaaka in 1981 opposite Jeetendra.

She had secondary roles in movies including Jeevan Dhara, Hum Rahe Na Hum and Dulha Bikta Hai in which she performed a qawali dance. In 1985 she starred in alternate cinema movie Rehguzar opposite Shekhar Suman. After more than 20 movies, her final role was an item song for the movie Parakh in 1987; she then became a costume designer, and designed for actors including Tabu, Amrita Singh, Sridevi and Priyanka Chopra.

In 1994 she won a National Award for her costume design in Rudaali. She later designed for Bollywood movies including Rok Sako To Rok Lo and Shaheed.

Filmography as 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 as 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 Film Award for Best Costume Design


Simple Kapadia was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but continued working despite the pain. She died in a hospital in Andheri, Mumbai on 10 November 2009.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The end of the sister act". The Telegraph. 22 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Karan Kapadia: I feel extremely lucky to have two moms". Mumbai Mirror. 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Simple Kapadia passes away". Mumbai Mirror. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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