Neetu Singh in 2012
8 July 1958
|Years active||1966–1983, 2009–present|
(m. 1980; his death 2020)
|Children||2, including Ranbir Kapoor|
Neetu Kapoor (née Neetu Singh; born Harneet Kaur born 8 July 1958 ) is an Indian actress who appeared in Hindi films. She started acting at the age of 8 under the name Baby Sonia, and made her acting debut in 1966 with the film Suraj. Her other early roles included starring in the films Dus Lakh (1966), starring in a double role in the film Do Kaliyaan (1968), as well as appearing in Waris (1969) and Pavitra Paapi (1970). She made her adult debut in 1973 with the film Rickshawala, and went on to appear in 50 films as the lead heroine from 1973 to 1983. She made her comeback in 2009, appearing opposite her husband in the film Love Aaj Kal, and has since appeared in Do Dooni Chaar (2010), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), and Besharam (2013).
Neetu Singh made her debut as a child actress with the film Suraj in 1966, with Rajendra Kumar and Vyjanthimala as the lead pair. She was spotted by actress Vyjanthimala in her dance school, who suggested to T. Prakash Rao that Neetu be taken for the small uncredited role in the film Suraj. She starred as the child artiste in films such as Dus Lakh, Waris, Pavitra Paapi and Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani. She appeared in a role originally played by Kutty Padmini in Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum, in its Hindi remake Do Kaliyaan.
Two years after the success of the film Rickshawkaran, in 1973, R. M. Veerappan (Sathiya Movies) decided to remake his Tamil movie into Hindi as Rickshawala (1973). The original Tamil film was a major commercial success and won M. G. Ramachandran the National Film Award for Best Actor. The remake was directed by MGR's friend, K.Shankar with the actor Randhir Kapoor and the actress Neetu Singh. The director duo Krishnan-Panju, who had directed Do Kaliyaan, suggested to K. Shankar, that he can take Neetu Singh to reprise the role played by Manjula Vijayakumar in the original. This paved the way for Neetu Singh's debut at the age of 20 as the lead heroine. However, the remake was a flop. She took a small role as the dancer in Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973), which became a hit, and her dance number to the song "Lekar Hum" brought her so much attention that she was immediately offered lead roles again. In most films, Neetu was cast as the fun-loving daughter, or the "optimistic" or "lively" girlfriend.
She acted with the top stars of her day. She was paired with her future brother-in-law Randhir Kapoor in Heeralal Pannalal (1978), Bhala Manus, Kasme Vaade, Dhongee and in the delayed Nikkamma. The film Nikkamma, begun in 1976, was finally released in 1983 as Jaan-e-Jaan and became a dud, though the song composed by R.D. Burman - "Tere bina mein kuch bhi nahin hoon" was popular. She was also paired opposite actors such as her future uncle-in-law Shashi Kapoor in hits such as Deewaar (1975), Shankar Dada, Ek Aur Ek Gyarah and the dud Kala Pani (1980). She was paired opposite Rajesh Khanna in the action-comedy film Maha Chor, the suspense film Chakravyuha and in the Punjabi film Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun.
Neetu Singh formed a pair with her boyfriend and then husband Rishi Kapoor in 12 films of which Khel Khel Mein (1975), Rafoo Chakkar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Duniya Meri Jeb Mein (1979) and their guest appearance in Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978) were successful. The other films; Zehreela Insaan (1974), Zinda Dil (1975), Doosara Aadmi (1977), Anjane Mein (1978), Jhoota Kahin Ka (1979) and Dhan Daulat (1980) were box office failures. She was paired with Jeetendra in Dharam Veer (1977), Priyatama, Chorni, Jaani Dushman (1979), The Burning Train and opposite Vinod Khanna in Sewak, Parvarish (1977), Maha Badmaash, Yuvraaj and Raj Mahal. She was paired with Shatrughan Sinha only in Kaala Patthar (1979) and Ab kya hoga (1977). Of the 50 films she did as the lead heroine from 1973 to 1983, 25 were box office hits. She regards her roles in the films Chakravyuha, Chorni, Priyatma and Dhongee as her best.
Neetu was 21 when she married Kapoor in January 1980. She was at the top of her career, having just been nominated for a Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress for Kaala Patthar (1979), but she retired. She dismissed allegations that she left the film industry, as part of the Kapoor tradition which forbids women from acting in films, claiming that it was her 'personal choice.'She made a comeback to films after 26 years, appearing opposite her husband in Love Aaj Kal (2009), Do Dooni Chaar (2010), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) and Besharam (2013). Singh and Kapoor were awarded "Best Lifetime Jodi" (couple) at the 2011 Zee Cine Awards ceremony.
Neetu Singh was born as Harneet Kaur in Delhi to Punjabi Jat Sikh parents, Darshan Singh and Rajee Kaur. On screen and off, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor fell in love. They tied the knot on 22 January 1980 in Bombay (present-day Mumbai), after a much publicized engagement that was the talk of the Hindi film industry. The couple have two children: Riddhima Kapoor Sahni (born 15 September 1980) and Ranbir Kapoor (born 28 September 1982). Riddhima Kapoor, a fashion designer by profession, married Delhi-based industrialist Bharat Sahni on 25 January 2006 and gave birth to a daughter named Samara on 23 March 2011. Ranbir Kapoor is an actor, who has established a career in Bollywood. On April 30, 2020 at 2:25 PM IST her husband Rishi Kapoor died at the early and saddening age of 67 due to gut-wrenching and gruesome leukemia.
|1968||Do Dooni Char|
|1968||Do Kaliyaan||Ganga / Jamuna||(As Baby Sonia)|
|1969||Waris||(As Baby Sonia)|
|1970||Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani||Roopa||(As Baby Sonia)|
|1970||Pavitra Paapi||Vidya (Tanuja's sister)||(As Baby Sonia)|
|1973||Rickshawala||First film as lead|
|1973||Yaadon Ki Baaraat||Dancer||Cameo as dancer|
|1974||Shatranj Ke Mohre|||
|1974||Hawas||as Neetu Singh|
|1975||Khel Khel Mein||Nisha|
|1975||Zinda Dil||Jyoti Pratap Chand|
|1976||Sharafat Chod Di Maine|
|1976||Shankar Dada||Roopa Verma|
|1976||Kabhie Kabhie||Pinky Kapoor|
|1977||Amar Akbar Anthony||Dr. Salma Ali|
|1977||Maha Badmaash||Seema / Pinky||(Dual role)|
|1977||Ab Kya Hoga||Chitralekha|
|1979||Jhoota Kahin Ka||Anita Verma/Sheetal Khanna|
|1979||The Great Gambler|
|1979||Kaala Patthar||Channo||Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1979||Duniya Meri Jeb Mein|
|1980||The Burning Train||Madhu|
|1980||Choron Ki Baaraat|
|1981||Ek Aur Ek Gyarah|
|1981||Khoon Ka Rishta|
|1981||Waqt Ki Deewar|
|1982||Raaj Mahal||Rajkumari Ratna|
|1983||Ganga Meri Maa|
|2009||Love Aaj Kal||Older Harleen Kaur||(Special appearance)|
|2010||Do Dooni Chaar||Kusum Duggal|
|2012||Jab Tak Hai Jaan||Pooja, Meera's mother||Cameo|
|2013||Besharam||Head Constable Bulbul Chautala|
|1980||Filmfare Award||Best Supporting Actress||Kaala Patthar||Nominated|||
|2011||Zee Cine Award||Best Lifetime Jodi (with Rishi Kapoor)||Herself||Won|||
Other awards and honours
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- ऋषि कपूर का 10वर्ष की उम्र में निधन, अमिताभ बच्चन ने ट्वीट कर दी जानकारी
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- "Filmfare Awards (1980)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
- "Hrithik, SRK top Zee Cine Awards". Hindustan Times. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
- Saraswathy, M. (1 April 2012). "Walking with the stars". Business Standard India. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
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