Silver screen will never forget the glamorous Parveen Babi for her indelible personality and sultry image on screen. The mesmerizing beauty ruled the hearts of the audiences from 1970s to early 1980s with blockbuster movies like, Deewar, Amar Akbar, Anthony, Namak Halal etc. With her soaring fame, controversies tagged along. The controversies continue long after her death trying to unravel the reasons behind the death of the sassy beauty.
Junagadh born Parveen Babi was the only child to Vali Mohammed Babi and Jamal Bakhte Babi. She was born on 4th April, 1949 to a Gujarati Muslim family. She did her schooling from Mount Carmel High school, Ahmedabad. She attended St. Xaviers College, Ahmedabad and completed her Masters in English Literature. Her father passed away when she was just seven. She never got married but was known to have had affairs with actors like Kabir Bedi and Danny Denzongpa. She had an affair with the well-known director Mahesh Bhatt. Bhatt, wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical film, “Arth” which was about his relationship with the actress. He also produced, “Who Lamhe” which again is a semi-autobiography depicting their relation and the character of Babi.
Parveen stepped into the career of modeling in the year 1972. The very next year, she got a break in a movie called, “Charitra” opposite another debutant, Salim Durrani who was a cricketer by profession. The film did not do well in the box-office but it opened the doors for the actress. Later, she worked with a lot of popular actors and directors. Her on-screen chemistry with Amitabh Bachchan was good enough to smash hits every time. Parveen worked with Big B in blockbuster films like, “Majboor”, “Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Deewar”, “Kala Patthar”, and “Kalia. She received appreciation for each and every role she played. She was the first Indian actor who was featured on the cover page of TIME magazine. In an industry which is so male-oriented, she proved herself and actresses in general, to be much more than what the industry thinks them to be. Her other hit movies include “The Burning Train”, “Namak Halaal”, “Kranti”, “Yeh Nazdeekiyan” etc.
She ruled the industry for thirteen years. After which she bid good bye to the industry and left India. The reason was apparently the controversies which followed the star. She was known to be sick and was suffering from schizophrenia- it is a type of delusional disorder. In these later years, she was known to have accused many dignitaries like Amitabh Bachchan and Bill Clinton of conspiring to kill her. Soon after which media tagged her to be “mad”. She secluded herself and did not make any public appearances
At the age of 55, she died a lonely and isolated death. On 22nd January, 2005, her body was found in Juhu, in her penthouse. It was the secretary of the residential society who complained the police as she did not collect milk and newspapers for three days. The cause of her death was not immediately known but it was later suspected that it may occurred due to diabetes complications as the gangrene of her foot suggests. On 23rd January, 2005 she was buried in Santa Cruz.
Jitendra: She was such a beautiful person. Parveen represented the bohemian Indian woman on celluloid, unafraid to smoke or drink on screen at a time when these were considered taboo.
Randhir Kapoor: She was a very generous person. It is a pity that she had no one to be with her when the end came.
(FAN OF Ms. PARVEEN BABI)
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