Regarded as the wife of the first superstar of Hindi cinema Rajesh Khanna, she made her foray into films with showman Raj Kapoor’s Bobby in 1973. She later spent her life as a devoted house wife after marrying Rajesh Khanna in the same year 1973 and had almost had quit the film industry. She played her first Bollywood teen role in Bobby and became heart-throb of Indians. She is highly popular for the title role of Bobby she was cast opposite Raj Kapoor’s son Rishi Kapoor which was a blockbuster hit which went to capture the heart of cinegoers for teen romance, melodious music and versatile performances. Her ultimate decision to quit cinema in 1973, put a big question mark to the seasoned actress. She bid bye to the film industry and made a comeback with Ramesh Sippys’ Sagar, which won her critical acclaim.
Dimple Kapadia has managed to find a place in the history of Indian cinema with some of her soul-stirring performances after she made her comeback with Ramesh Sippy’s Sagar that featured again Rishi Kapoor and Kamal Haasan. Winner of Filmfare Awards for Best Actress in Bobby and Sagar, she bagged some serious roles in art cinema too. Along with Sridevi and Rekha, she went to become one of three leading actresses in India in 1980s. She then managed to find a place in the history of Indian cinema with some of her soul-stirring performances in Kalpana Lazmi’s Rudali for which she got national award. Govind Nihalin’s Drishti and Gulzar’s Lekin will be remembered for her soulful performances. Even in Mahesh Bhatt’s Kaash, her role was critically acclaimed.
After winning national best actress award and Filmfare award for Lazmi’s Rudali, She also acted in a Bengali movie directed by Mrinal Sen. She was regarded as the most glamorous, spontaneous, instinctive, intelligent and hard-working actress in 1990. She also acted in Subash Ghai’s film Ram Lakhan opposite Jackie Shroff. She acted with almost all leading actors of Indian cinema such as Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Feroz Khan, Raj Babbar, Nana Patekar, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor and so on.
She has two daughters, Twinkle Khanna, who is married to today’s action hero Akshay Kumar and Rinke Khanna. She has acted in Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil films too. She was last seen in Welcome Back and got people’s recognition in Cocktail released in 2012. She will be always remembered as Bobby girl of Indian cinema.
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