Parveen Babi was an Indian actress. She was
born in Junagadh and did her early schooling in Aurangabad and later
attended St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad. Her father Vali Mohammed Babi, a
Gujarati Muslim, was an administrator with the Nawab of Junagadh. Babi was
born fourteen years after the marriage of her parents and was an only child.
She was one of the most successful Bollywood actresses in the 1970s and was
known for her portrayal of strong women who did not care about the
conventional norms of society. Parveen Babi, a screen rival of Zeenat Aman.
Parveen Babi was launched by one of the most controversial directors of his
times - B R Ishara - and her leading man too made his debut in this very
film. The leading man was cricketer Salim Durrani. The film was 'Charitra'.
As often happens a sexy Parveen Babi who had displayed all her assets in the
film was lapped up despite being a mediocre actress but a stiff Salim
Durrani didn't find any takers for him. Babi's success can be attributed to
her being media savvy. She didn't just reveal. She made it a point to figure
in the gossip columns of all glossies, providing sensational interviews and
a controversial life style. Babi baby was among the first of the mod crowd,
popularly known as crowd. She might not have been the first to openly smoke
and drink but Babi surely was the first to openly take drugs!
And along with Danny, Kabir Bedi, Protima, Mahesh Bhatt and others she
advocated free love too!
Her marriage with Kabir Bedi, however, caused a major scandal. Kabir was
already married. Though he and wife Protima advocated an open relationship,
the wife couldn't take her husband's walkout. She maintained a stiff upper
lip, though and even announced her engagement with I S Johar. But this all
and drugs affected her mind. She suffered from schizophrenia and at least
twice, disappeared from the industry.
In the late 1970s, Babi had a tumultuous, widely-publicised affair with
Mahesh Bhatt. When, in 1982, Bhatt made a sensational film, Arth, based on
his affair with Parveen Babi, with Smita Patil playing Babi's role, she was
This new Babi was a different person. She had put on weight and still
hallucinated. She issued a signed press release, in which, among other
things she accused Amitabh Bachchan of plotting to murder her. No one wanted
a heroine who had lost her marbles, and gained fat instead. Not even if she
was Parveen Babi. Distinctly overweight, it was difficult to recognise
Parveen Babi in the last one-third of her life.
A semi-autobiographical film about his
extra-marital relationship with Babi, and Woh Lamhe (2006) based on actual
facts about his relationship with her. These experiences triggered of
schizophrenia which was not completely treated or supported and ultimately
resulted in her final loneliness without any support system.
As far as the film industry was
concerned, Parveen Babi died a long time ago after she was reportedly diagnosed as
schizophrenic. In recent years, one seldom heard or saw her except for an
appearance on Shekhar Suman's talk show a year ago, where she appeared as
normal as could be.
“People said that Praveen Khala has stopped
opening door for any one, but she will always remain our loving aunt, who
warmly insist that we come and visit her. The last time when I was in
Mumbai, she called me over and showered my children Murtaza and Ahtesham
with love and gifts. She was the best”, said a teary Nasreen Babi, whose
mother Rahim Sultan Bibi and mother-in-law were Parveen’s cousins.
Parveen Babi died a lonely, isolated death.
Parveen Babi may have died on Friday. Parveen Babi was found dead in her
Mumbai apartment on January 20, 2005 after her residential society secretary
complained to the police that she had not collected milk and newspapers from
her doorstep for two days. Parveen Babi was found to have gangrene of the
foot as a complication of her diabetic condition. The police ruled out any
foul play. She was buried next to her mother at Santa Cruz, in Mumbai on
January 23, after her funeral was made according to Islamic teachings.
Babi's most glorious moment was when she was featured on the cover of Time
magazine in 1976 to represent the new face of Hindi cinema.
Then, suddenly, everything began to go wrong for this defiant girl.
According to her close friends, Babi began to lose her mind.
ABOUT HER SELF :
Birth name: Parveen Wali Mohammad Khan Babi
Date of Birth: 4 April 1949
Date of death: 20 January 2005
Height: 5'7" or 1.70 m
Father: Vali Mohammed Babi
Marital status: single
Ex-boyfriend: Mahesh Bhatt, Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa.
Education: St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad
Other facts: she was born fourteen years after the marriage of her parents
and was the only child
Hobbies: interior decoration
Occupation: bollywood actress
Debut Film: Charitra
Amir Aadmi Gareeb Aadmi (1985)
Bad Aur Badnaam (1984)
Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein (1984)
Film Hi Film (1983)
Rang Birangi (1983)
Chor Police (1983)
Jaani Dost (1983)
Razia Sultan (1983)
Dil... Akhir Dil Hai (1982)
Desh Premee (1982)
Mangal Pandey (1982)
Namak Halaal (1982)
Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982)
Meri Aawaz Suno (1981)
Ahista Ahista (1981)
Khoon Aur Paani (1981)
Do Aur Do Paanch (1980)
The Burning Train (1980)
Ek Gunah Aur Sahi (1980)
Kaala Patthar (1979)
Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978)
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Chalta Purza (1977)
Chandi Sona (1977)
Chor Sipahi (1977)
Mastan Dada (1977)
Mazdoor Zindabaad (1976)
Kala Sona (1975)
36 Ghante (1974)
Dhuen Ki Lakeer (1974)