Geeta Bali

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Geeta Bali
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Geeta Bali in the film Naya Ghar (1953)
BornHarikirtan Kaur
Sargodha, Punjab, British India (present-day Punjab, Pakistan)
💀Died21 January 1965(1965-01-21) (aged 34–35)[2]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India21 January 1965(1965-01-21) (aged 34–35)[2]
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1950–1964
👩 Spouse(s)
Shammi Kapoor
(m. 1955; her death 1965)
👶 Children2, including Aditya Raj Kapoor

Geeta Bali (1930 ‒ 21 January 1965) born Harkirtan Kaur, was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi language films. She was considered one of the most spontaneous and expressive stars of Bollywood for her acting.[2]

Early life[edit]

Geeta Bali was born in the pre-partition Punjab in the city of Sargodha in British India as Harkirtan Kaur in 1930.[1] Her family moved to Mumbai when she started to get breaks in films.


Portrait of Geeta Bali from Bari Behen

Geeta Baali started her film career as a child actress, at the age of 12, with the film The Cobbler. She made her debut as a heroine in Badnaami (1946).[3]

Bali became a star in the 1950s. She had also worked earlier with her future brother-in-law Raj Kapoor in Bawre Nain (1950) and with her future father-in-law Prithviraj Kapoor in Anand Math. Unlike other actresses who gave up films after marrying into the Kapoor family, Bali kept acting until her death. Her last film was Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai in 1963. She did more than 70 films in a 10 year career.[2]

Bali helped Surinder Kapoor become a producer.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Her family lived in Amritsar before 1947. Her father, Kartar Singh was known as a philosopher. He was a Sikh scholar and kirtan (Sikh devotional music) singer. Her maternal grandfather, Takhat Singh (1870-1937), was the founder of Sikh Kanya Mahavidyalay - a boarding school for girls and the first of its kind established in 1904 in Ferozepur. Her elder brother DigVijay Singh Bali was a film director. He directed the movie Raag Rang starring her and Ashok Kumar in 1952.The parents encouraged their daughters, Harkirtan (Geeta Bali) and Hardarshan, to learn classical music and dance, horse riding and gatka fencing.

On 23 August 1955, Geeta married Shammi Kapoor, with whom she was working in the film Coffee House.[6] They had two children, a son (Aditya Raj Kapoor) and a daughter (Kanchan).[2]

She died on 21 January 1965, having contracted smallpox while shooting a Punjabi film, Rano, based on a novel Eik Chadar Maili Si by Rajinder Singh Bedi. He was directing the film and she was the producer. Bedi, devastated by the untimely death of Bali, abandoned the project. He wrote later that he had put the novel, Ek Chadar Maili Si, on her burning funeral pyre.[citation needed]


Her films include Sohag Raat (1948) with Bharat Bhushan, Dulari (1949) co-starring Madhubala; then as the spoilt younger sister in Badi Bahen (1949) co-starring Suraiya, Rehman and Pran, Bawre Nain (1950) with future brother-in-law Raj Kapoor, Baazi (1951) with Dev Anand, Ghayal (1951) with Sheikh Mukhtar, Albela (1951) and Jhamela (1953) with Bhagwan Dada, Jaal (1952) with Dev Anand, Baaz (1953) with Guru Dutt, Bara Dari (1955) with Ajit, Jailor (1958) and Mr. India (1961), Kashti (1954) with Dev Anand . She received a Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress for Vachan (1955) and another nomination as Best Supporting Actress for film Kavi (1955). One of her memorable movies is Anand Math.

Year Film Notes
1942 The Cobbler child actress at age 12
1946 Badnaami debut as heroine
1948 Sohag Raat with Bharat Bhushan
1949 Dulari co-starring Madhubala
1949 Badi Bahen co-starring Suraiya, Rehman and Pran
1950 Bawre Nain with future brother-in-law Raj Kapoor
1951 Baazi with Dev Anand
1951 Ghayal with Sheikh Mukhtar
1951 Albela with Bhagwan Dada
1952 Jaal with Dev Anand
1952 Raag Rang with Ashok Kumar
1952 Anand Math with future father-in-law Prithviraj Kapoor
1953 Baaz with Guru Dutt
1953 Jhamela with Bhagwan Dada
1954 Kashti with Dev Anand
1955 Vachan Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress
1955 Kavi Nomination as Best Supporting Actress
1955 Bara Dari with Ajit
1957 Coffee House with husband Shammi Kapoor
1958 Jailor with Dev Anand
1961 Mr. India with Dev Anand
1963 Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai last film
1965 Rano filming abandoned


  1. 1.0 1.1 Adrian Room (26 July 2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins. McFarland. pp. 44–. ISBN 978-0-7864-4373-4. Retrieved 22 April 2012. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dinesh Raheja. "Geeta Bali: That Amazing Vivaciousness". Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. Subodh Kapoor (2002). The Indian Encyclopaedia: Gautami Ganga -Himmat Bahadur. Cosmo Publications. pp. 2575–. ISBN 978-81-7755-266-9. Retrieved 22 April 2012. Search this book on Logo.png
  4. "Sonam Kapoor is a better actor than Anil". Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  5. Pandya, Sonal. "10 things you didn't know about Geeta Bali". Cinestaan. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  6. Ramesh Dawar (1 January 2006). Bollywood Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow. Star Publications. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-905863-01-3. Retrieved 22 April 2012. Search this book on Logo.png

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