Bollywood Actress

... Parveen Babi Junagadh



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St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad , Model, Actress

Story of Life

Parveen was born in Junagadh, Gujarat to a Pashtun Muslim family. She did her early schooling from Mount Carmel High School, Ahmedabad and later attended St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad where she earned a Master of Arts in English literature. Her father, Vali Mohammed Babi, (died 1959), was a system administrator with the Nawab of Junagadh and Jamal Bakhte Babi (died 2001). Born in a feudal aristocratic family, her ancestors came from a lineage of Gujarat’s historical Pathan community and belonged to the royal Babi Dynasty. Parveen was born fourteen years after the marriage of her parents and was their only child. She lost her father at the age of ten.

Parveen never married but media tabloids speculated that she may have had relationships with men in the film-industry such as director Mahesh Bhatt as well as actors Kabir Bedi and Danny Denzongpa. She was also rumoured to have had an affair with her co-star of many films, Amitabh Bachchan, with whom she later developed irrational fears as she accused him of trying to kill her.

Famous for

Parveen Babi was an Indian actress, who is most remembered for her glamorous roles alongside top heroes of the 1970s and early 1980s in blockbusters like Deewar, Namak Halaal, Amar Akbar Anthony and Shaan.


Parveen was considered to be one of the most successful actresses of her era, along with Hema Malini, Rekha, Zeenat Aman, Jaya Bhaduri, Reena Roy and Raakhee. She starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in eight films, all of which were either hits or super hits. She also starred in other hit films such as Suhaag (1979), Kaala Patthar (1979), and Namak Halaal (1982) opposite Shashi Kapoor, Kala Sona (1975) opposite Feroz Khan, Chandi Sona opposit Sanjay Khan and Jaani Dost (1983) opposite Dharmendra. Towards the end of her career, she appeared in offbeat films like Vinod Pande’s Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982), playing the role of the “other woman” opposite Marc Zuber, and Dil… Akhir Dil Hai (1982), opposite Naseeruddin Shah.

Her memorable roles include Jenny in Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Sunita in Shaan, Anita in Deewaar. She was also the original choice for the female protagonist in Silsila along with Smita Patil, but was later dropped by Yash Chopra, who stated that while Babi was fine, but Smita Patil was hurt, mainly because the filmmaker had asked actor friend Shashi Kapoor to pass the bad news to Smita.