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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.