Legendary actress Dimple Kapadia celebrates her 61st birthday today. The starlet from Bobby, who went to rule both mainstream Bollywood as well as parallel Indian cinema, has acted in some of the finest films over the decades. Estranged wife of late actor Rajesh Khanna and mother to Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna, Dimple Kapadia has remained an indelible personality in the history of Indian cinema, a yesteryear sex symbol who continues to own the silver screen with her acting prowess and screen presence.
From her explosive debut opposite Rishi Kapoor in Bobby to her nuanced performances in Saagar, Kaash and Lekin to her delightful appearance in Dil Chahta Hai, Dimple Kapadia has aced every film that ever came her way.
On occasion of Dimple Kapadia’s birthday, let’s recap some of her best and most memorable roles in her illustrious career.
In Bobby, Dimple Kapadia, then 16, played the role of a beautiful Goan girl from a poor fishermen’s family. Her romance with Rishi Kapoor set the ‘70s ablaze, making Bobby the highest-grossing film of the year and one of the top highest-grossing films of all time in India.
This Mahesh Bhatt directorial starred Jackie Shroff and Dimple Kapadia as a warring couple that reunites to fulfill the last wishes of their dying son. An emotional family drama, Kaash featured Dimple Kapadia at her striking best as a conflicted independent woman torn between her emotions.
A film that earned her the onscreen nickname ‘Kalam Wali Bai’, Krantiveer was one of the first out-and-out social thrillers set against the backdrop of nationalism and oppression. Kapadia played an upright journalist in the film who helps the film’s anti-hero, Pratap (Nana Patekar), find his positive side.
Dil Chatla Hai
In this cult classic tale of love and friendship, Dimple Kapadia played Akshaye Khanna’s love interest in what has been regarded as the most interesting sub-plot in the film. The lovelorn exchanges between Akshaye and Dimple still grip audiences with the same emotional pulse as it did 17 years ago
Directed by Homi Adajania, Cocktail starred Dimple Kapadia as Saif Ali Khan’s mother who compels him to find a romantic direction in life. The film was declared a commercial success and earned much praise for Dimple’s performance.