She was only 16 when Raj Kapoor picked her up as the heroine of his film Bobby alongside his son Rishi. But before the film got released, then superstar Rajesh Khanna had whisked her away to be his wife.
Dimple Kapadia made a major impact in her debut film and then disappeared for 12 years much to the disappointment of the film world. But her comeback was strong and she looked excellent and acted well too.
She showed her great prowess as an actor in many films in the parallel cinema genre too. She was won many awards including the National Award for Best Actress for Rudaali.
Here are five films which highlight this beautiful woman and how she impacted cinema.
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Premnath, Pran, Prem Chopra, Aruna Irani
Director: Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor takes up more social issues, this time class difference which plays spoilsport to a romance between two Mumbai teenagers. Raj (Rishi) is the son of a wealthy businessman Nath (Pran) who is smitten by Bobby (Dimple), daughter of a poor Goan fisherman Jack Braganza (Premnath).
It is love at first sight for Raj but it turns sour as families get involved. Braganza is a proud man and won’t allow Nath to play dirty on him. Seeing no hope, Raj and Bobby run away. There are few more heartaches in store for the couple.
Cast: Jackie Shroff, Dimple Kapadia, Master Makrand, Anupam Kher, Dalip Tahil
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Film star Ritesh (Shroff) falls into bad days after a series of flops and this makes him not only bankrupt but also puts a strain on his marriage to Pooja (Dimple). They have a seven-year-old son Romi who silently witnesses the breakup of his parents.
Ritesh gets custody of the child after they couple separate but he later discovers that Romi has brain tumour. The couple compromise and decide to get together for the sake of their child. Eventually Romi dies and this changes the relationship again.
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Kamal Haasan, Nadira, Saeed Jaffrey, Satish Kaushik
Director: Ramesh Sippy
This tragic love triangle revolves around Mona (Dimple),a small restaurant owner in Goa, her friend Raja (Haasan) and the son of a rich industrialist Ravi (Kapoor) who moves there from the US. Raja is deeply in love with Mona but jus cannot reveal that to her.
Meanwhile, Ravi falls for Mona and it is reciprocated by her. Raja does not know of this and is still hopeful about Mona. But then Raja catches the couple romancing and this breaks his heart bit time. But he still doesn’t tell.
Cast: Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini, Beena Banerjee, Alok Nath, Moon Moon Sen
A government employee Sameer (Khanna) is sent to an old abandoned haveli in Rajasthan to take inventory of the items there. Once there, he meets his old friend Shafi (Amjad) and his wife. Then things begin to happen.
Sameer gets caught in a time wrap and begins to see visions of a beautiful woman Reva (Dimple) who seems to be trapped in the deserts of Rajasthan. But he doesn’t know whether the visions he sees are real or otherwise. He wants to save Reva but then she is already dead.
Cast: Dimple Kapadia, Rakhee, Raj Babbar, Amjad Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Sushmita Mukherjee
Director: Kalpana Lajmi
The story revolves around women in Rajasthan who are hired as professional weepers or Rudaali when someone from the affluent class dies. When the Thakur (Amjad) of the area is about to die he calls for Bhikni (Rakhee) who is a rudaali.
Bhikni stays with Shanichari (Dimple) who ridden with bad luck and has faced many tragedies in her life, But she cannot cry. She is widowed early and her life is miserable. But then she find a benefactor in Lakhsman Singh (Babbar) who falls for her. But then Bhikni dies and Shanichari has to face new battles again.