Parveen Babi: Remembering The Bold Diva On Her Birth Anniversary

Parveen Babi, a well-known and veteran Bollywood actress, was born on April 4, 1949, in Junagadh, Gujarat. Although the year of birth of Parveen Babi is mentioned at that place as 1954 instead of 1949.

When Parveen Babi came into the industry, Zeenat Aman used to be a very big personality in the Hindi film industry. Many people saw the shadow of Zeenat Aman in Parveen Babi and some even jokingly used to say that Parveen Babi is poor people’s Zeenat Aman.

Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi: Remembering The Bold Diva On Her Birth Anniversary 1

She was one of the boldest and successful actresses of her generation. She was also known for her varied film performances. Parveen Babi began her Bollywood career in 1973 with the film Charitra. Following this, she appeared in films such as Majboor, Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Kala Patthar, Suhaag, Kranti, Kalia, Razia Sultan, and Idasa.

Read- Meena Kumari life, Struggle, Movies, Songs, Marriage and Death at 39 age

Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi: Remembering The Bold Diva On Her Birth Anniversary 2

Parveen Babi demonstrated the power of her superb acting in all of these films. Aside from films, she was frequently questioned about her personal life. Parveen Babi’s name was linked to a number of well-known artists of the time. Actors such as Kabir Bedi, Mahesh Bhatt, and Danny Denzongpa admired her. Not only that, but Kabir Bedi had decided to abandon his wife in favour of Parveen Babi.

Real NameParveen Moammed Ali | Parveen Wali Mohammad Khan Babi 
ProfessionActress, Model, and Interior Designer
HeightCentimeters– 170 cm
Meters– 1.70 m
Feet – 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutCharitra (1973)
Last FilmIraada (1991)
Date of Birth4 April 1949 (Monday)
BirthplaceJunagadh, Gujarat
Date of Death22 January 2005 (Saturday)
Place of DeathSeventh-floor house in Palm Beach, Riviera Heights, Juhu in Mumbai
Age (at the time of death)55 Years
Death CauseMultiple Organ Failure caused by Diabetes 
Zodiac signAries
HometownJunagadh, Gujarat
SchoolMount Carmel High School, Ahmedabad
College/UniversitySt. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad
Educational QualificationBachelor of Arts in English Literature 
ReligionMuslim (By Birth)
The Christian faith (Converted) -She was christened at Malabar Hill’s Protestant Anglican Church.
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian 
AddressSeventh-floor house in Palm Beach, Riviera Heights, Juhu in Mumbai (at the time of her death)
HobbiesPlaying the piano, painting, and reading literature
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Unmarried
Affairs/Boyfriends• Siddharth Bhattacharjee
• Amitabh Bachchan 
• Danny Denzongpa
• Kabir Bedi
• Mahesh Bhatt (Director)
• Abdul Ella (Businessman) 
ParentsFather– Vali Mohammed Khan Babi (System administrator with the Nawab of Junagadh; died in 1959)
Mother– Jamal Bakhte Babi (Died in 2001)
Favourite ActorRaj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Feroz Khan, Dilip Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar
FavouriteActressWaheeda Rehman and Meena Kumari
Favourite SingerLata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
Assets/PropertiesSea-facing flat with four bedrooms in Juhu and a parental haveli in Junagadh  
Jewellery and deposits worth Rs 20 lakh in banks plus other investments. 

Kabir Bedi

This is revealed in the actor’s biography, ‘Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of the Actor.’ Nobody can ever forget Kabir Bedi and Parveen Babi’s love story.

Read- 15 Bollywood Actresses Who Died Young

These two had been dating for a long time. Kabir Bedi revealed in his biography that living in an open marriage with his wife Protima Gupta was initially very beneficial to him, but it later caused him more problems.

According to Kabir Bedi, this reduced their closeness. He didn’t feel the love he desired, according to him. Kabir expressed his feelings of loneliness and emptiness. Parveen Babi, on the other hand, was a person in her life who filled the void left by Kabir Bedi’s loneliness.

He wrote ‘Protima Gupta and I had an open marriage,’ the actor wrote in his book. It felt good at first, but there came a point when I became very restless because our closeness had come to an end. I was starting to feel lonely because I didn’t have the love and affection I needed. Parveen Babi gradually filled this void over time.’

Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi

The love story of Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi is said to have begun in 1977 when she broke up with her then-boyfriend Kabir Bedi. She became attached to Mahesh, a common friend of the couple while nursing a broken heart. As he provided her with comfort, they grew closer and eventually fell in love.


She was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and she came to light as a result of various incidents related to her mental health as well as diabetes. Babi died on January 20, 2005, as a result of multiple organ failures.


Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi: Remembering The Bold Diva On Her Birth Anniversary 3

Parveen had accused a number of well-known people, including Amitabh Bachchan, Bill Clinton, Robert Redford, Prince Charles, and Al Gore, of plotting her death, but she was unable to produce any evidence in this regard, and her accusation was dismissed by the court.

Parveen Babi was also detained by security at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the United States because she was unable to provide any identification documents and was acting strangely. Authorities had placed her in a general ward with mentally ill patients. However, on the recommendation of the then-Indian Consulate, she was acquitted.

In 1993, Parveen Babi filed an affidavit in which she stated that she had evidence against Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt in the Mumbai bombings case. However, because of her Schizophrenia, she was afraid to leave her house.

Sharing Is Caring: