Babita (born as Babita Hari Shivdasani), also known by her married name Babita Kapoor, is a former Indian actress who appeared in Hindi-language films. The daughter of actor Hari Shivdasani, she is the first cousin of her contemporary actress Sadhana Shivdasani. Her debut film was the successful drama Dus Lakh (1966), but it was the romantic thriller Raaz (1967), opposite Rajesh Khanna, that gained her recognition. From 1966 to 1973, she starred in nineteen films as the lead heroine, including the box office successes Dus Lakh (1966), Farz (1967), Haseena Maan Jayegi, Kismat (both in 1968), Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati (1969), Doli (1969), Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) and Banphool (1971). Following her marriage to actor Randhir Kapoor in 1971, she acted in Jeet and Ek Hasina Do Diwane (both in 1972). Her subsequent release, Sone Ke Hath (1973) flopped and she decided to leave her film career. The couple has two daughters together, film actresses Karishma and Kareena.
Babita was born in Bombay to actor Hari Shivdasani, who was from a Sindhi Hindu family which had migrated from Pakistan to India after the partition and a British Christian mother, Barbara Shivdasani. Her sister, Meena Advani, is the owner of Powermaster Engineers Private Limited and Power-master tools Private Limited. The Iconic actress Sadhana Shivdasani was her aunt and contemporary.
In her movie career, she appeared in nineteen films. Her first film to release was the 1966 successful film Dus Lakh, which also starred Sanjay Khan, Om Prakash and her sister-in-law to be Neetu Singh. However, the first film she had signed was actually Raaz (1967) co-starring Rajesh Khanna, which was released in 1967. Her biggest box office successes were Dus Lakh with Sanjay Khan, Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati and Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968), (with her future uncle-in-law) Shashi Kapoor, Farz, Banphool and Ek Hasina Do Diwane with Jeetendra, Doli with Rajesh Khanna, Tumse Achha Kaun Hai (1969) with her future uncle in law Shammi Kapoor, Kismat with Biswajeet , Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? (1970) with Dharmendra and Pehchaan with Manoj Kumar. In 1971, she acted opposite her future husband Randhir Kapoor, as well as father in-law Raj Kapoor and grandfather-in-law Prithviraj Kapoor in Kal Aaj Aur Kal. After her marriage to Randhir, they were cast together by director K. Shankar in Jeet, which was the remake of En Annan, starring M. G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. She left the film industry in 1973 following her husband's family tradition.
Babita married Randhir Kapoor on 6 November 1971. They have two children, actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. She and Randhir lived in separate homes for several years, even though they were still legally married and had no intention of divorcing. The couple reunited in 2007 after living separately for several years.
|1966||Dus Lakh||Rita||Debut film|
|1968||Haseena Maan Jayegi||Archana (Archie)|
|1969||Tumse Achha Kaun Hai||Asha|
|1969||Ek Shrimaan Ek Shrimati||Deepali Lakhanpal|
|1970||Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?||Asha Prasad|
|1971||Kal Aaj Aur Kal||Monica (Mona)||Appeared with Randhir Kapoor in his debut film|
|1972||Jeet||Koyli / Rasili|
|1972||Ek Hasina Do Diwane||Neeta|
|1973||Sone Ke Hath||Pooja|
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