Neetu Kapoor

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Neetu Kapoor
Neetu Singh.jpg Neetu Singh.jpg
Neetu Singh in 2012
BornHarneet Kaur
(1958-07-08) 8 July 1958 (age 64)
Delhi, India[1]
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1966–1983, 2009–present
👩 Spouse(s)
Rishi Kapoor
(m. 1980; his death 2020)
👶 Children2, including Ranbir Kapoor

Neetu Kapoor (née Neetu Singh; born Harneet Kaur born 8 July 1958 [2]) is an Indian actress who appeared in Hindi films. She started acting at the age of 8 under the name Baby Sonia,[2] 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.

Singh in 2012, standing with Shatrughan Sinha who she worked with in the film Kaala Patthar (1979)

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),[3] but she retired.[1] 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.'[4][5]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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Singh with husband Rishi Kapoor at Rakesh Roshan's birthday bash in 2017

Neetu Singh was born as Harneet Kaur in Delhi to Punjabi Jat Sikh parents, Darshan Singh and Rajee Kaur.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1966 Suraj Young Geeta


1966 Dus Lakh
1968 Do Dooni Char
1968 Do Kaliyaan Ganga / Jamuna (As Baby Sonia)
(Dual role)
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[11]
1973 Yaadon Ki Baaraat Dancer Cameo as dancer[12]
1974 Shatranj Ke Mohre [13]
1974 Aashiana
1974 Zehreela Insaan Margaret
1974 Hawas as Neetu Singh
1975 Khel Khel Mein Nisha
1975 Rafoo Chakkar Ritu
1975 Zinda Dil Jyoti Pratap Chand
1975 Deewaar Veera Narang
1975 Sewak
1976 Sharafat Chod Di Maine
1976 Shankar Dada Roopa Verma
1976 Kabhie Kabhie Pinky Kapoor
1976 Maha Chor Neetu
1976 Bhala Manus Meena
1977 Aadalat Geeta Verma
1977 Dharam Veer Roopa
1977 Amar Akbar Anthony Dr. Salma Ali
1977 Parvarish Neetu
1977 Doosra Aadmi Timsi
1977 Dhongee Neelima
1977 Aaina Guest App
1977 Maha Badmaash Seema / Pinky (Dual role)
1977 Ab Kya Hoga Chitralekha
1977 Priyatama
1977 Andolan
1978 Kasme Vaade Neeta
1978 Heeralal Pannalal
1978 Anjane Mein
1978 Chakravyuha Chhaya
1979 Jhoota Kahin Ka Anita Verma/Sheetal Khanna
1979 The Great Gambler
1979 Aatish
1979 Kaala Patthar Channo Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1979 Yuvraj
1979 Duniya Meri Jeb Mein
1979 Jaani Dushman Gauri
1979 Zahreelee
1980 Chunaoti
1980 The Burning Train Madhu
1980 Dhan Daulat
1980 Choron Ki Baaraat
1981 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah
1981 Khoon Ka Rishta
1981 Yaarana Komal
1981 Waqt Ki Deewar
1982 Chorni
1982 Raaj Mahal Rajkumari Ratna
1982 Teesri Aankh
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
2018 Sanju


Year Award Category Work Result Ref
1980 Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actress Kaala Patthar Nominated [14]
2011 Zee Cine Award Best Lifetime Jodi (with Rishi Kapoor) Herself Won [15]

Other awards and honours[edit]

Singh was inducted into the Walk of the Stars, an entertainment hall of fame at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai, where her hand print was preserved for posterity under her married name Neetu Kapoor.[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Raheja, Dinesh (9 April 2003). "The unforgettable Neetu Singh". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Neetu Singh as a child actor Baby Sonia - Bollywood's cutest child actors". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  3. "Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh: The romance of a lifetime". Deccan Herald. 30 April 2020.
  4. "Actresses who took a backseat in their career post marriage". The Times of India.
  5. "Did you Know Neetu Singh retired at the age of 21 after doing over 20 films as lead actress?". 15 July 2016.
  6. "Hrithik, SRK top Zee Cine Awards". Hindustan Times. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  7. Farook, Farhana (26 December 2016). "Tracing Neetu Kapoor's life at the movies". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 3 May 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Kapoor's family day out - Times of India". The Times of India.
  9. ऋषि कपूर का 10वर्ष की उम्र में निधन, अमिताभ बच्चन ने ट्वीट कर दी जानकारी
  10. "Arjun Rampal's new co-star is little Munni from 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' - Bollywood's cutest child actors". The Times of India.
  11. "The unforgettable Neetu Singh".
  12. Farook, Farhana (8 July 2018). "Diving deep into the stardom of the spice girl Neetu Singh". Filmfare.
  13. "Neetu Singh Complete Filmography". Bollywood. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  14. "Filmfare Awards (1980)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  15. "Hrithik, SRK top Zee Cine Awards". Hindustan Times. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  16. Saraswathy, M. (1 April 2012). "Walking with the stars". Business Standard India. Retrieved 24 November 2019.

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