Parveen Babi was an Indian actress known for her terrifically glamorous looks and an alluring on screen presence. Born and brought up in Gujarat, Parveen Babi completed her schooling from Aurangabad and later joined the St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Parveen Babi’s father Vali Mohammed Babi served as an administrative officer with the Nawab of Junagadh. Born on April 4, 1949, Parveen Babi passed away on 20th January 2005 due to complications owing to her diabetic condition.
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Parveen Babi shared romantic relationships with co stars Danny Denzongpa, Kabir Bedi and eventually the notable filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. It is also rumored that Parveen and Amitabh Bachchan were intimately involved. Mahesh Bhatt’s 1982 successful film ‘Arth’ was a portrayal of his extra marital affair with Parveen Babi; however Mahesh Bhatt stated that his 2006 release ‘Woh Lamhe’ depicts the truth about their relationship.
Parveen Babi made her acting debut in the 1973 release ‘Charitira’, at a time when she was still in college. Parveen Babi appeared in a number of commercially successful films alongside the leading superstars of bollywood during the seventies. Parveen Babi was known for her style appeal and western touch that she added to her films. She was mostly seen in unconventional roles that differed from the conservative society norms.
Parveen Babi successfully paired with legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan and the two worked in blockbuster films like ‘Deewaar’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Shaan’, ‘Kaalia’ and ‘Khudaar’. Parveen Babi’s landmark films include ‘Majboor’, Deewaar and Amar Akbar Anthony opposite Amitabh Bachchan, ‘Suhhag’, ‘Namak Halaal’ opposite Shashi Kapoor, ‘Meri Awaaz Suno’ opposite Jeetendra, ‘Ashanti’ opposite Mithun Chakraborthy and ‘Rang Birangi’ opposite Amol Palekar. Parveen Babi became the first Indian actress to appear on the cover of prestigious TIME magazine.
Despite appearing in supporting roles alongside the leading actresses like Zeenat Aman in ‘Mahaan’, Shabana Azmi in ‘Ashanti’ and Hema Malini in ‘Kranti’, Parveen Babi stole the show with her captivating on screen persona. Parveen Babi won critical acclaim for her performance in Vinod Pandey’s offbeat film ‘Yeh Nazdeekiyan’. Parveen Bai move to New York in the year 1983; however her last film ‘Aakarshan’ was released in the year 1988.
Parveen Babi’s personal life witnessed serious ups and downs leaving her in terrifying loneliness and distress. Her life shambled due to her shattered relationships, health problems and personal crisis. Parveen Babi was deeply in love with Kabir Bedi and she moved to Europe to stay with him. However she realized that Kabir became extremely involved with his career and did not care enough for her and eventually the couple split up leaving her in agony and despair.
She later found a comforting companion in friend and film director Mahesh Bhatt. However it is believed that Parveen Babi suffered a serious mental breakdown after watching Mahesh Bhatt’s film ‘Arth’ that was supposedly based on his extra marital affair with Parveen Babi and she vanished from the Bollywood scene.
It is also assumed that Parveen Babi was schizophrenic and thus turned to spirituality to comfort herself. She was an ardent follower of ‘Osho’ and later became closely associated with U.G.Krishnamurti, a contemporary spiritual guru of Indian origin. Parveen Babi returned to India in 1992, however she could not be recognized due to considerable weight gain. It was during this period that she became extremely paranoid and accused superstar Amitabh Bachchan and foreign dignitaries like Bill Clinton of conspiring to kill her. However the court dismissed her petition owing to lack of evidences.
Parveen Babi was found dead by the cops in her Mumbai penthouse on 22 January 2005. The secretary of her housing society informed the police after he realized that Parveen had not collected her newspapers and milk from her doorsteps for three subsequent days. It was confirmed later that Parveen died from gangrene of the foot that developed as a complication of her diabetic condition. It is hurtful that her body was not claimed for a long time and finally filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt and Ashok Pandit performed her last rites and she was buried next to her mother at Santa Cruz. It is shocking that the stunning beauty who once ruled the hearts of millions of fans lived a lonesome life and suffered an isolated death.
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