Dimple Kapadia
Actor
Dimple Kapadia
Dimple Chunnibhai Kapadia is an Indian film actress. She made her acting debut at the age of 16, playing the title role in Raj Kapoor's teen romance Bobby (1973). In that same year she married Indian actor Rajesh Khanna, and retired from acting. Kapadia returned to the film industry in 1984 after her separation from Khanna. Another of her films from that period is the drama Saagar (1985). Both films won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
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Did you know? : Akshay and Twinkle got married because of a flop
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar feels that his actor wife Twinkle is far from being diplomatic as she is not afraid of speaking the truth. The 46-year-old actor was in conversation with film-maker Karan Johar on his talk show Koffee with Karan, where he appeared for the first time. Akshay said that his wife’s film Mela, starring Aamir Khan and brother Faisal, was the turning point of his personal life. “She was very confident about Mela. She had said if the film didn’t work, she would get married. Fortunately for me, Mela flopped and we got married,” Akshay said. On Twinkle not making an appearance on the show, Karan said jovially, “She can’t keep her mouth shut and will talk nonsense and regret it later.” To which Akshay retorted, “I tell her to be diplomatic but she is like, ‘what is white is white, what is black is black.’ There’s no filter in her mind. What she’s thinking just comes out.” Akshay married Twinkle, daughter of actors Rajesh Khanna ...
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Was Dimple Kapadia married to Sunny Deol?
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Bollywood’s He-man Dharmendra’s elder son and the action star of masses Sunny Deol has turned a year older today     
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Divya Bharti’s cousin debuts in 'Grand Masti'
The Times Of India - over 3 years
After doing an item song, Aila Re, in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Khatta Meetha, where she donned Dimple Kapadia’s look from Main Maike Chali Jaaongi (Bobby), Kainaat Arora makes her Bollywood debut, as an actress, in Indra Kumar’s 'Grand Masti'.     
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Dimple Kapadia files petition in HC against Anita Advani
The Times of India - about 4 years
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Rajesh Khannas bungalow renamed as Vardan Ashirwaad
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
'What's in a name' one may ask. If the name has to do with the last wish of (late) superstar Rajesh Khanna, then, everything is in the name. As per his last wish, his palatial bungalow has been now renamed as 'Vardan Ashirwaad'. The star's estranged wife Dimple Kapadia went on to confirm the renaming but refused to reveal any more details. All that she said was that the renaming was done due to personal reasons. The said bungalow will now be turned into a museum that will house the (late) superstar's memorabilia.
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Cocktail: More misses than hits
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Indian cinema developed a young, urban audience which was receptive to hip films post Dil Chahta Hai. Trendy music, trendy fashion, trendy plots and trendy urban settings became the new blockbuster recipe. Be it Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, Wake Up Sid, or Rockstar, these movies were all targeted towards the above mentioned segment of cinema-goers. Saif Ali Khan and Ranbir Kapoor became stars of the multiplex audience through starring in these movies, while the Khans, Ajay Devgan and Akshay Kumar remained the superstars of the masses. Cocktail is another film that caters to the modern, hip audience.  It has the same cast and believe it or not, actually almost the same story line as previous films. The question is; does this Cocktail have all the right ingredients to quench the thirst of the modern cine-goer? The answer is no and it’s a big flat ‘No’! With some inspiration from Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cocktail is a love triangle on the lines of the ‘friends with benef ...
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Dimple Kapadia-Rajesh Khanna's fairy tale marriage
The Times of India - over 4 years
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Remembering the colours of Rajesh Khanna
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI: Be it a monologue on the existential dilemma of a cancer patient or a drunkard’s confession of love for a singer at a brothel, Rajesh Khanna’s fans felt his character’s anguish. After a prolonged illness, the actor who was lovingly called Kaka by his peers, passed away at the age of 69 at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. Kaka’s life Unlike his Bollywood verve, Khanna’s personal life was turbulent. In the late 60s, he fell in love with little known actor and fashion designer Anju Mehndru, whom he dated for seven years but didn’t marry as she was not ready. Khanna then met Bollywood bombshell Dimple Kapadia, whom he married in 1973, a few months prior to her hit film Bobby. While the actors were among the most dazzling onscreen, they could not capture that chemistry in real life and were separated after 11 years of marriage. According to Indian press reports, their relationship grew estranged as he was busy filming and Dimple wanted to purs ...
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Subhash K Jha speaks about Cocktail
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
Out of the three protagonists in this wacky ménage a trios, two people are not as beautiful inside as they are from the outside. Heck, Gautam and Veronica are deeply flawed characters. He, a certifiable jerk who thinks of women, good times and partying, in that order, all the time. She, Veronica quite like her namesake in the Archies comics, is a sexy naughty loud siren …But then what happens when the party ends? What happens when the constant search for that elusive state of being known as Good Times bores you to death? Veronica soon finds out. In painful revelations of the darkness under the neon. It's a dream role for any actress. And Deepika Padukone, facing the biggest challenge of her career, sinks her beautiful teeth into the role with the hunger of a tamed tigress who has been let loose in a jungle for just one romp in the raw regions. Deepika gets out of her comfort zone and lets the mascara run down her distraught face with a couldn't-care-less gusto ...
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Cocktail
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
Romance comes easy to Saif Ali Khan. He slips into the romantic characters, playing the uber-cool, trendy, suave, metrosexual guy with elegance. Films such as DIL CHAHTA HAI, KAL HO NAA HO, HUM TUM, SALAAM NAMASTE and LOVE AAJ KAL only consolidated and cemented his status in this genre. That's one of the prime reasons why COCKTAIL generates curiosity. But this one's about love and friendship. A tug-of-war of sorts. It's murmured that Woody Allen's VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA is the motivation behind COCKTAIL. Not true! In any case, the concept of one boy, two girls and an emerging love tale isn't an innovative subject matter for Hindi movies. In fact, scores of movies based on this plot have been narrated on the home screen prior to this. But the twirl in the romance comes when the trio seems blissful in each other's company, is living together under one roof and then the unthinkable and unimaginable happens… cupid strikes. The man falls in love with his girlfriend's best friend. A ...
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Rajesh Khanna Suffering from Kidney Infection, On Dialysis
Bollypatrika - over 4 years
Rajesh Khanna, living legend and the real superstar of Indian cinema is suffering from a kind of kidney infection and has been kept on dialysis, reported Deccan Chronicle. However, Khanna’s wife Dimple Kapadia has denied reports saying: “He was feeling weak and it’s just that.” According to the latest reports the actor may be discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital sometime soon, as he is feeling better now. News agency IANS reported quoting Dimple Kapadia as saying: “He is doing well. He is much better now. He shall be discharged in a day or two.” Two days back, Rajesh Khanna’s manager Ashwin had claimed that the actor was not able to take food for three or four days and his health kept deteriorating. But as soon as the news hit television channels and newspapers, Khanna stepped out of his his Bandra bungalow, Aashirvad, waving at his fans. His son-in-law Akshay Kumar and wife Dimple Kapadia were seen with him in the balcony. But the next day he was admitted to the hospita ...
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Will Ranbir and Deepika get intimate?
Central Chronicle - almost 5 years
The ex-lovers may be asked to roll in the hay and share a hot smooch ala Dimple Kapadia and Anil Kapoor’s lovemaking scene in Jaanbaaz for Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani. Of late Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani’s filmmaker Ayan Mukerji has turned into an insomniac of sorts. No, he’s not developed this sudden a clinical problem, but a certain section of the screenplay of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone has been giving him sleepless nights. Our buddy the birdie told us that as per the filmmaker’s original script there was a passionate kiss and love-making scene between the lead pair of his romantic film. But now that Ayan has cast the ex-lovers in his second project, he is contemplating to either tame down the intensity of the love scenes or completely do away with it. It’s not that Ranbir and Deepika are averse to doing intimate sequences on the big screen. They had previously locked lips in their earlier film together Bachna Ae Haseeno. But back then they were dating ...
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Kissing Dimple Kapadia was very tough: Jackie Shroff
The Times Of India - over 5 years
Believe it or not, I always found intimate scenes hard to do. I know I was known as a ladies man, and all that, but even the thought of holding my heroine's hand made me break into a sweat.
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IK Gujral and Rajnikant join Anna's anti-corruption movement - Newstrack India
Google News - over 5 years
Another Bollywood stars Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia in Chandigarh entered in the march supporting to Anna's Jan Lokpal bill. The Khap Panchayat of Punjab and Haryana and the ex-servicemen in Punjab today joined the support campaign of Anna Hazare
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Dancing in the rain - The Express Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
His heroines — from Nargis to Mandakini, from Zeenat Aman to Dimple Kapadia — were all soaked in the rain or under a waterfall in every film he directed. Since then, Bollywood has repeatedly used the theme of rain to signify romance
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A classic replay on the ramp - Daily Pioneer
Google News - over 5 years
Other instances of yesteryear actresses walking the ramp have been when Hema Malini did it for Rocky S with daughter Esha Deol, Dimple Kapadia, in an all-white ensemble, walked for JJ Valaya with Kabir Bedi, Zeenat Aman was the highlight of Bangalore
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The Top 5 Most Promising Directors of Bollywood - Bollywood Mantra
Google News - over 5 years
Abhinav Kashyap directed the most spectacular movie of last year 'Dabangg' which starred 'Salman Khan', 'Sonakshi Sinha', 'Arbaaz Khan', 'Mahie Gill', 'Vinod Khanna', 'Dimple Kapadia' and 'Sonu Sood'. The movie was highly appreciated not only
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dimple Kapadia
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 55
    Her starring film What the Fish was released on 13 December 2013.
    More Details Hide Details When Kapadia made her comeback to movies, she faced constant comparison to her Bobby days. According to Jyotika Virdi, author of the book The Cinematic Imagination, Kapadia trajectory is "different from that of any female Hindi film star", and she "turned every disadvantage to her advantage." Virdi mentioned Kapadia's forthright manner as having a major contribution to her career: "Speaking candidly to the press, she and the reporters plotted her life's narrative from the innocent teenager snared into an impossible marriage to the emergence of a mature 'woman with experience.'" Virdi also noted Kapadia for "fighting her way to the top, preferring to perform roles she described as serious and exacting rather than flippant and unchallenging," calling her parts in Aitbaar (1985), Kaash (1987) and Drishti (1990) as roles "where she drew from the well of her own experience."
  • 2011
    Age 53
    As of December 2011, Kapadia is set to appear in her third non-Hindi and first Malayalam-language film, Bombay Mittayi, for which she started learning the language.
    More Details Hide Details She plays the wife of a celebrated Ghazal singer, played by Amar Singh, on whose behest she was offered the part.
    Kapadia's only film of 2011 was Nikhil Advani's Patiala House, a sports film revolving around cricket in which she was cast as Rishi Kapoor's wife and her son in-law, Akshay Kumar's mother.
    More Details Hide Details The role was small, with Times of Indias Nikhat Kazmi commenting that she "does end up a bit underutilised".
  • 2008
    Age 50
    In 2008, Rediff.com ranked her performance in the film as the fourth-best female debut of all-time in Hindi cinema: "An elfin little girl with big, lovely eyes, nobody quite portrayed innocence as memorably as Dimple in her first outing.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In 2006, she co-starred with Saif Ali Khan and Naseeruddin Shah in the psychological drama Being Cyrus (2006), an English-language arthouse feature directed by Homi Adajania.
    More Details Hide Details Kapadia enacted the part of Katy, Shah's neurotic and unfaithful wife who runs an affair with Cyrus, a young man who enters their house as an assistant. Her work received varied comments. According to BBC's Poonam Joshi, "The descent into despair of Dimple Kapadia's Katy is enthralling." Derek Elley from Variety, however, panned her for "wildly overacting", with similar sentiments being shared by several critics, including Shradha Sukumaran from Mid Day, who labelled her performance "over-the-top and jerky". In V. K. Prakash's Phir Kabhi Kapadia and Mithun Chakraborty played ageing people who meet at a school reunion and rekindle their high-school romance. At the request of her son-in-law Akshay Kumar, she voiced the character of Devi, the mother of the title character of an elephant (voiced by Kumar) in the animated movie Jumbo (2008). Kapadia was cast in Zoya Akhtar's first directorial venture, Luck By Chance (2009), a satirical take on the Hindi film industry. She played the part of Neena Walia, an erstwhile superstar—referred to in the film as "a crocodile in a chiffon saree"—who struggles to launch her young daughter in the movie business. Luck By Chance opened to a warm critical response, though its financial income was modest. Critics were appreciative of Kapadia's performance, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at Filmfare. Deepa Karmalkar from Screen characterised her as "gloriously bitchy", while Sukanya Verma from Rediff hailed her as "stunning, striking, storming".
  • 2005
    Age 47
    Whether she is scared or scolding children, she has a powerful presence." 2005 saw Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor reunite as a lead couple for the third time after Bobby (1973) and Saagar (1985) in Pyaar Mein Twist.
    More Details Hide Details They starred as two middle-aged single parents who fall in love and later have to deal with the reaction of their children. The film generated mostly negative reviews, with several critics concurring that the chemistry between the lead pair is what makes the film watchable. In a two-star review, Khalid Mohamed called Kapadia "a dream actress", but ultimately concluded, "See this twisteroo if you must, only for the undiminished Kapoor-Kapadia chemistry." Few people went to see the film; within two weeks it was declared a flop.
  • 2004
    Age 46
    In 2004, she played the lead role of army wife Sandra Williams in Hum Kaun Hai?, a supernatural thriller.
    More Details Hide Details The film opened to a mixed critical reception, but Kapadia's performance received positive comments. Subhash K. Jha noted that she "carries the film beyond where it would have been otherwise"; Rama Sharma of The Tribune wrote of her performance, "Dimple lends all her charisma to help the script sail through dead ends.
  • 2002
    Age 44
    In 2002, Kapadia portrayed the title role of Leela in Leela, an American production directed by Somnath Sen and co-starring Deepti Naval, Vinod Khanna and Amol Mhatre.
    More Details Hide Details Kapadia's part—written specially for her—is that of a forty-year-old married woman and a Mumbai University professor, who, after the death of her mother, loses her sense of happiness and takes a job as a visiting professor of South Asian studies in California. The story follows Leela's acclimation to her new surroundings and particularly her relationship with one of her students there, Kris (Mhatre), a young Indian-American man. Kapadia noted about working in the film, "While in production, I'm all tensed up, and that is what makes me take my acting to the next level." Maitland McDonagh from TV Guide wrote, "Dimple Kapadia shines in this family melodrama... her intelligent, nuanced performance is the film's highlight." Ziya Us Salam from The Hindu called her "a charmer all the way. Exhilarating is the air she breathes, bewitching is the glance she casts and enticingly vulnerable is her condition."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    Her first release in 1997 was the action film Agnichakra, which went unnoticed.
    More Details Hide Details She played Amitabh Bachchan's wife in that same year's Mrityudaata, once again under Mehul Kumar's direction. The film was a critical and commercial failure, with India Today panning its "comic book-level storytelling". Trade journal Film Information wrote Kapadia had "no role worth her", and she herself shared similar sentiments. She appeared in Laawaris (1999) because she liked the subject and considered her role "substantial", which Rediff.com, in turn, described as another preachy "woman of substance", while criticising the film for its lack of originality: "working a worked-to-death formula, film falls flat on its face. This was followed by the final feature she appeared in during the decade, Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain, in which she played the part of Devyani, the strict mother of a wealthy family. Subhash K. Jha called the film an "embarrassment", critic Suparn Verma, in a scathing review, criticised Kapadia's performance, noting that she "wears a permanent scowl" throughout the film, and Bella Jaisinghani of The Indian Express, calling the film "inconsequential", concluded her review writing that she wonders "what made Dimple Kapadia do this to herself".
  • 1996
    Age 38
    Following Antareen, Kapadia, who was reportedly expected to work in more independent films, took a three-year hiatus from acting, later explaining that she was "emotionally exhausted". She returned to commercial cinema in 1996, but the few films she did until the end of the decade met with neither mainstream nor critical success.
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  • 1995
    Age 37
    Mrinal Sen's 1995 Bengali drama Antareen was the first non-Hindi project Kapadia took part in since Vikram (1986).
    More Details Hide Details She played a woman caught in a loveless marriage. Insisting on playing her part spontaneously, Kapadia refused to enrol in a crash-course in Bengali as she wrongly felt that she would be able to speak it convincingly. Her voice was eventually dubbed by actor Anushua Chatterjee, something Kapadia was unhappy with.
  • 1994
    Age 36
    In 1994, Kapadia appeared in Mehul Kumar's Krantiveer, alongside Nana Patekar.
    More Details Hide Details She played journalist Meghna Dixit, a past rape victim who now tries to persuade an alcoholic and unemployed village man to be a champion of justice for those around him. Kapadia later called the film "out and out a Nana Patekar vessel," but asserted, "I had my share too," crediting the part with allowing her "the freedom to perform". The film became an economic success, emerging as India's third-highest grossing picture of the year. For her performance, Kapadia received her fourth Filmfare Award, this time in the Best Supporting Actress category.
  • 1993
    Age 35
    In 1993, she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Rudaali, a drama directed by Kalpana Lajmi.
    More Details Hide Details Kapadia played the central character of Shanichari, a lonely and hardened Assamese village woman who, throughout a lifetime of misfortune, has never cried and is now challenged with a new job as a professional mourner. The citation for the award described her performance as a "compelling interpretation of the tribulations of a lonely woman ravaged by a cruel society". Chandra Bhushan said of her character, "Shanichari is dry like a desert but even she has a flavour, affection and audacity and courage to reject the enticement of Zamindar (the landlord)." Aside from her third Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the role, she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, and was acknowledged with Best Actress honours at the Asia Pacific Film Festival and the Damascus International Film Festival. In 2010 Filmfare magazine included her work in the film in their list of "80 Iconic Performances". Another Filmfare nomination for Kapadia came that year for her supporting role as Shanti, a street prostitute, in the Priyadarshan-directed drama Gardish. An adaptation of the 1989 Malayalam film Kireedam, the film starred, among others, Jackie Shroff and Amrish Puri.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    1992 saw the release of Maarg, her third appearance under Mahesh Bhatt's direction.
    More Details Hide Details The film was delayed for several years. She played the role of a prostitute, working by choice. Bhatt called her performance "stunning" and reported that when shooting ended, she was "on the point of a breakdown" as she was "exhausted battling with the nitty-gritty of a whore's character". She next played Barkha, a single woman who abandons her premarital daughter upon birth, in Hema Malini's directorial debut Dil Aashna Hai. In Shashilal K. Nair's Angaar, a crime drama based on the life of an underworld don, she played Mili, a homeless orphan collected by an unemployed man, played by Jackie Shroff. Angaar received positive reviews from critics, as did Kapadia's performance, but it was financially unsuccessful, which Meena Iyer of The Times of India—who called it "one of the most engaging mafia films to have come out of Bollywood"—attributed to its dark proceedings.
  • 1991
    Age 33
    In 1991, she appeared in Prahaar: The Final Attack, the first directorial venture of actor Nana Patekar, with whom she would collaborate in several other films.
    More Details Hide Details The film, co-starring Patekar and Madhuri Dixit, received a welcome reception from critics. Kapadia was noted for her "deglamourised role", but most of the praise went to the performance of Patekar himself. Kapadia starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan in Shashi Kapoor's fantasy Ajooba, an Indo-Russian co-production based on Arabian mythology and set in the Afghan kingdom of Baharistan. She played Rukhsana, a young woman who comes from India to rescue her father, court magician Ameer Baba, from prison. The critical response to Ajooba was mostly lukewarm. She played the protagonist in Haque (1991), a political drama directed by Harish Bhosle and scripted by Mahesh Bhatt. Her role was that of Varsha B. Singh, a pregnant Orthodox woman married to an influential politician. Ram Awatar Agnihotri said of her performance, "Dimple Khapadia, playing Varsha, very bravely, tries to make her role look convincing, and she succeeds to a great extent. It is a tribute to her as an actress".
  • 1988
    Age 30
    She worked with Kohli in two more movies in 1988, the horror film Bees Saal Baad and the action drama Saazish.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year Mahesh Bhatt cast her again in his action thriller Kabzaa, a critical failure. Ram Lakhan (1989), directed by Subhash Ghai, was a success with both critics and audiences, but Kapadia's role was considered small with one critic saying it did not do "justice to her talent" and another reporting that she "pales into insignificance in the film." Other films of this period include Babbar Subhash's Pyar Ke Naam Qurbaan, opposite Mithun Chakraborty, and J.P. Dutta's action picture Batwara, opposite Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna. In the 1990s, Kapadia started venturing more into arthouse films, later citing an "inner yearning to exhibit my best potential." Those films include Drishti (1990), Lekin (1990), Rudaali (1993) and Antareen (1995). Drishti, a marital drama directed by Govind Nihalani, starred Kapadia and Shekhar Kapur as a married urban couple from an intellectual milieu in Mumbai and followed their trials and tribulations, extramarital affairs, divorce, and ultimate reconciliation after years of separation. Kapadia's part was that of career-woman Sandhya, and for her portrayal she was named the Best Actress (Hindi) of the year by the Bengal Film Journalists' Association. The film was acknowledged as the Best Hindi Film of that year at the annual National Film Awards. In 1993. Frontline suggested that Kapadia's performance in the film should have earned her the Best Actress award at the same function.
    The Times of India labelled the film a "B-grade movie", but further noted that "Dimple nonetheless did a very convincing job of portraying her anguish and bitterness at being denied justice." M.L. Dhawan from The Tribune, while documenting the famous Hindi films of 1988, praised Kapadia for "proving her mettle as an actress of intensity and passion."
    More Details Hide Details Subhash K. Jha, however, in an article discussing Indian actresses who have played policewomen, wrote that the film "turned into quite an embarrassment for its leading lady." The three final years of the decade saw the release of several other films featuring Kapadia, but few did well. In 1987, she appeared in two action movies: Rajkumar Kohli's Insaniyat Ke Dushman and Mukul Anand's Insaaf, in which she played a dual role of a dancer and a physician.
    In 1988, she played the main protagonist in Zakhmi Aurat, that of a female police officer who gets gang-raped and, after the judicial system fails to convict the criminals, abandons the legal course and joins forces with other rape victims to get revenge by castrating the rapists.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    In 1987, Kapadia starred in Mahesh Bhatt's drama Kaash.
    More Details Hide Details Kapadia and Jackie Shroff starred as an estranged couple who, during a relentless legal battle over the custody of their only son, learn that the boy is suffering from leukaemia, which makes them reunite to spend together the last months of his life. Before shooting began, she called it "the most serious artistic challenge I have ever faced in my career." Bhatt said he decided to cast her in the role because he was aware of her own marital experience, and he noted that during the making of the film she "came closer and closer to the naked truth," so much that "after a certain point, mentally I couldn't differentiate between Dimple and Pooja. She became the character." Kapadia's performance as Pooja was highly praised by critics. In an article discussing her career's best roles, The Times of India wrote, "As... a long-suffering wife who tries making a living for herself and her young son by working odd jobs, Dimple showed immense strength as a performer. This has to be one of her best and most unrecognised performances." Sukanya Verma from Rediff.com noted, "She rendered her Pooja with stoic determination and touching vulnerability making her character extremely believable and sympathetic at once."
  • 1985
    Age 27
    Kapadia's first film of 1985 was Mukul Anand's Aitbaar, a Hitchcockian thriller for which she received positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking of her performance, she said that during shooting she was "a bag of nerves", which eventually ended up working "to my advantage as it lent my performance the right shade of tautness, without my realising it." Among other films released that year, Kapadia was paired up with Sunny Deol in Arjun, an action film directed by Rahul Rawail and scripted by Javed Akhtar. Feroz Khan's Janbaaz (1986) told the story of a man fighting the drug menace. The film became known for its steamy love scene involving Kapadia and male lead Anil Kapoor, in which the two also shared a full on kiss, something Hindi movie-goers were not accustomed to in those days. In that same year she acted opposite Saagar co-star Kamal Haasan in her first regional film, Vikram, a Tamil-language sci-fi feature. She played the minor part of Inimaasi, a young princess who falls for the title character, played by Haasan. At that time, she also worked in numerous Hindi films made by producers from the South, including Pataal Bhairavi, which she detested. She has confessed to accepting these roles for financial gain rather than artistic merit during this period, noting, "I shudder even now when I think of those films. As an artiste I got totally corrupted."
    Saagar eventually premiered in August 1985 and was controversial for several scenes featuring Kapadia, including one scene in which she was seen topless for a split second.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical success and was eventually chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars that year. Kapadia's performance as Mona D'Silva, a young woman from Goa who is torn between her friend (Kamal Haasan) and the man she loves (Kapoor), won her a second Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards. A review by Asiaweek labelled her "a delight". Rediff.com noted, "Dimple, caught between a friend and lover, performed solidly and memorably, grounding the two male leads and making the film work." A 1993 issue of India Today wrote, "Saagar was in many ways a paean to her incredible beauty. She looked ravishing: auburn hair, classical face, deep eyes, an aura of sensuality. It was clear she was back."
    In a 1985 interview with India Today, she remarked, "The life and happiness in our house came to an end the day I and Rajesh got married," sharing her unhappy marital experience and calling their marriage "a farce".
    More Details Hide Details Asked in Filmfare whether she would want to marry again, Kapadia replied, "I'm very happy and content. Why do I need to get married again? Once was more than enough." In 2010, reporter Dinesh Raheja stated that "the bitterness between Rajesh and Dimple washed away", noting that they are seen together at parties and that Dimple campaigned for Khanna's election and also worked in his film Jai Shiv Shankar. In a later interview she reflected back positively on her marriage, referring to it as her "biggest high". Her daughters also became actresses and retired after settling down. Her elder daughter, Twinkle Khanna, is married to actor Akshay Kumar.
  • 1984
    Age 26
    In 1984 she had a role opposite Sunny Deol in Manzil Manzil, a drama directed by Nasir Hussain.
    More Details Hide Details She later said making the film was "one big picnic", though she expressed her lack of comfort performing the "routine song-and-dance" nature of the part.
  • 1982
    Age 24
    After Kapadia's separation from Khanna in 1982, she was keen on returning to acting, which she ultimately did in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details For the next decade, she would go on to become one of top five commercial actresses in Bollywood along with Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Meenakshi Sheshadri and Jaya Prada. Kapadia accredited the reason for her return was because of a personal need to prove to herself her own capabilities. The first film she worked on was Saagar, directed by Ramesh Sippy, after a mutual friend had notified Sippy about her willingness to return to acting. She first performed a screen test, which according to her was very unsuccessful as she was extremely nervous and "literally shivering" while making it. To her surprise, Sippy ultimately signed her on to play the lead part opposite her Bobby co-star Rishi Kapoor. Scripted with her in mind, the film was intended to be her comeback vehicle, but its one-year delay meant that several of her proceeding projects would be released before, the first of which was Zakhmi Sher (1984).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1973
    Age 15
    Kapadia had married actor Rajesh Khanna in March 1973 at the age of 16 and eight months later her debut film released.
    More Details Hide Details She left the film industry to raise her children.
    Kapadia once said she had always had aspirations to become an actress when she was a child, calling herself "film-crazy". She was introduced by Raj Kapoor in his 1973 teen romance Bobby.
    More Details Hide Details While the film was to be Kapoor's son Rishi Kapoor's first leading role, Kapadia was given the title role of Bobby Braganza, a middle-class Goan Christian girl. The story follows how Bobby falls in love with Raj (Rishi), the son of a wealthy businessman, and how the two face the disapproval of their parents. Bobby was a major mainstream and critical success, and Kapadia was lauded for her performance, which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress (tied with Jaya Bhaduri for Abhimaan). In later years Kapadia would credit Raj Kapoor for her development as an actress: "the sum total of me today as an actress, whatever I am, is Raj Kapoor." Several of her lines in the film became popular, particularly, "Mujhse dosti karoge?" ("Will you be my friend?").
    She married actor Rajesh Khanna six months before the release of her first film, Bobby, in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details She then retired from acting for twelve years to raise her two daughters, Twinkle (b. 1973) and Rinke (b. 1977). Reportedly, it was Khanna who "put a ban on her acting career promptly after the marriage," though Kapadia has once noted that "career has always been secondary" to her. Kapadia separated from Khanna in April 1982, leaving the house with her two daughters back to her parents. She returned to acting two years later.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on June 8, 1957.
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