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Babita Shivdasani: All you need to know about this former actress

by Ratan Srivastava
Babita Shivdasani

Babita Hari Shivdasani, commonly known as Babita and Babita Kapoor, is a former Indian film actress who primarily worked in Hindi cinema. She is the very first cousin of renowned actress Sadhana Shivdasani and is also the daughter of actor Hari Shivdasani. Her first movie, Dus Lakh (1966), was a hit, and it was the romantic thriller Raaz (1967), in which Babita Shivdasani co-starred with Rajesh Khanna, which cemented her reputation.

She featured in nineteen movies as the leading lady between 1966 and 1973, along with the box office hits Dus Lakh (1966), Farz (1967), Haseena Maan Jayegi, Kismat (both 1968), Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati (1969), Doli (1969), Kab? Kyoon? Kahan or Aur Kahan? Banphool (1970), Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971), and Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971).

She appeared in Jeet and Ek Hasina Do Diwane after marrying actor Randhir Kapoor in 1971. (both in 1972). Her next movie, Sone Ke Hath (1973), was a disaster, and she chose to leave the industry. Karishma and Kareena, both actors, are indeed the couple’s daughters.

Babita Shivdasani was born in Bombay to actor Hari Shivdasani and his British Christian mother, Barbara Shivdasani, from a Sindhi Hindu family (who had moved to Bombay from Karachi before to and during India’s division). In the 1960s, her sister, Meena Advani, worked as her costume designer and also was important in her becoming a fashion star.

On November 6, 1971, Babita wedded Randhir Kapoor. The couple has two daughters, Karisma and Kareena Kapoor, who are also actors. Although yet they were remained officially married but had no intention of divorce, she as well as Randhir reside in separate residences over several years. Following staying apart for numerous years, the pair reconciled in 2007.

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