Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Dimple Kapadia is a Bollywood actress born on June 8, 1957 in India. She was born in a Gujarati speaking family to Chunnibhai & Betty Kapadia. Her father was a businessman. She did her schooling in Mumbai but did not continue with her studies after that.
She was introduced to filmdom by Raj Kapoor who was looking for a fresh face to be cast opposite his son Rishi Kapoor for his debut movie Bobby. Dimple was just 16 then. The film was a huge hit and she alongwith Rishi became the nation’s latest heartthrob. However, soon after Bobby released, she got married to the then superstar Rajesh Khanna and quit acting to look after her family.
The marriage didn’t last long and she got divorced in 1984. After her divorce, she decided to return to films. Her comeback film was Zakhmi Sher in 1984. This film didn’t do very well, but Manzil Manzil and Arjun, both her films opposite Sunny Deol worked at the box-office. But the film that got her into the limelight once again was Ramesh Sippy’s Saagar in 1985 where she was paired with her debut hero Rishi Kapoor.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Dimple did a number of films and portrayed various characters. She dabbled in commercial cinema as well as in the art cinema was successful in both. She could play the glamorous queen as well as a middle class housewife with equal ease. While films like Allah Rakha (1986), Insaaniyat Ke Dushman (1987) and Gunahon Ka Faisla (1988) bombed at the box- office, she maintained a fair balance by giving out successful films like Jaanbaaz (1986), Kaash (1987), and Bees Saal Baad and Kabzaa, both 1988 releases. In 1989, she starred in Subhash Ghai’s Ram Lakhan which was a mega hit. However this was her only successful tryst with the box-office in 89 as all other releases didn’t work well. Some of these were Sikka, Shehzaade and Ladaai. In 1990, she came up with a stellar performance in the Gulzar directed film Lekin (1991) for which she got a lot of critical acclaim. She followed this with Govind Nihalani’s Drishti (1990), and Prahaar and Narsimha in 1991. This again was followed by duds like Khoon ka karz (1991),Ajooba (1991). She received the Best Actress National Film Award for her role in Rudaali (1993). She was also appreciated for her mature performances in Gardish (1993) and Krantiveer (1994). Recently, she was admired for her role in Dil Chahta Hai. In her second innings, she has impressed with her in-depth performance in films like Being Cyrus (2006), Leela (2002) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001), reinforcing the fact that she is a fine actress behind the glamour she personified in her heydays.
She has won the Filmfare Award for best actress twice for Bobby(1973) and Saagar(1985) and National Award for Best Actress for Rudaali (1993). She also won the Filmfare best Supporting actress in 1994 for Krantiveer.
Her two daughters from her marriage with Rajesh Khanna, Twinkle and Rinki Khanna, tried their luck in films for a short period but with limited success. Her son-in-law, Akshay Kumar, is a successful lead actor in the industry. Her passion apart from films has been making candles and innovating with them and her enterprise in this regard has got acclaim both nationally as well as internationally.