Parveen Babi

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When Parveen Babi, and not one of her far more successful/ lauded rivals, was chosen as the face of the Indian film industry for the cover of Time, in 1976, some other actresses started bitching about how she had made it to what US writers sometimes call the ‘stained glass of our times.’

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Personal life

Parveen Babi bejewelled
Parveen Babi bejewelled in Chandi Sona

Parveen Wali Mohammad Khan Babi, an A-list Indian film actress of the 1970s and 1980s, was born on April 4, 1949 in Junagadh. Sections of the film press used to call her the Jazzy Jane of Junagadh after her native town, which used to be the capital of an erstwhile princely state. She died in January 2005 in Bombay

Relationship with Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi's heart wrenching love story

The Times of India

In a detailed interview with Filmfare, Mahesh Bhatt untangled all the broken threads of his heart and expressed his love and grief for Parveen Babi. Let's take a look at their unconventional but heart wrenching love story.

Parveen was at the peak of her career when she fell in love with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Their love blossomed in 1977. Though Mahesh was a married man, he decided to live in with Parveen Babi, who was a superstar then. Parveen was shooting for Amar Akbar Anthony and Kala Pathar in those days. Theirs was a life filled with love where there was no place for failure or stardom. At home, Parveen was just an ordinary girl who was madly in love with Mahesh Bhatt. But this fairy tale had a bitter ending.

On an unfortunate evening in 1979, Mahesh Bhatt came face to face with the biggest truth of his life. When one evening he came home, he found Parveen dressed up in a film costume, sitting curled up at a corner in her house. She had a kitchen knife in her hand. On seeing Mahesh she gestured him to be quiet and said, "Don't talk! The room is bugged. They're trying to kill me." This was the first instance when Mahesh Bhatt saw her in this condition. Soon the attacks became frequent. Parveen was diagnosed with one of the most dreaded disorder - paranoid schizophrenia.

Doctors and filmmakers, who saw their films on the verge of being stalled, wanted Parveen to undergo 'electric shocks' which at that time seemed like the only temporary option to calm her down. But Mahesh Bhatt stood rock solid by her and tried his level best to protect her from the callousness of these shocks. Kabir Bedi, who was Parveen Babi's ex, suggested a couple of hospitals to Mahesh Bhatt in the US for Parveen's treatment. Danny Dengzongpa, who was once Parveen's neighbour and boyfriend also helped Mahesh during this phase.

Parveen's panic attacks refused to cease. A continuous threat of someone trying to kill her hounded her. At times she would feel the AC had a bug, at other times she felt their car had a bomb and she could hear it ticking. She felt that Amitabh Bachchan with whom she had done a number of films wanted to kill her. Parveen believed that she had harmed him in someway and so he wanted to kill her. Her constant attacks made it necessary to hide her from the public's glare.

Electric shock therapy was the only option they were left with. When Mahesh Bhatt opposed this, he was tagged as a 'user' who used her fame and stardom. Parveen had become uncontrollable by this time. She refused to take medicines and forced Mahesh Bhatt to eat first just to check if he had added medicine into her food and drink. And at times, Mahesh even used to eat the food just so that she takes the medicine.

When there was no hope left, Mahesh ran away with Parveen Babi to Bangalore. Mahesh thought a peaceful life would bring her back to him. He wanted to keep her stress free. In the same year, Mahesh Bhatt left Parveen and came back to his wife Lorraine. Parveen's philosopher in Bangalore advised Mahesh to stay away from Parveen as his presence was worsening her condition. It was during this time that Mahesh Bhatt had started writing 'Arth', a film which was totally inspired by his own life.

Soon after Mahesh, Parveen too came back to the city without having undergone complete treatment. Mahesh Bhatt, who had returned to his wife, could not stop himself from being there for Parveen. One night, while they both were about to make love, Parveen asked him to choose between her and her philosopher UG. UG did not want her to go back to films and neither did Mahesh. Mahesh knew this was the end of their relationship and he walked out in the middle of the night. Parveen followed him, stark naked, but Mahesh did not stop. He walked away, from her and from her life.

In 2005, Mahesh Bhatt was flooded with messages of Parveen Babi's mysterious death. When Mahesh Bhatt got to know that no one had come forward to claim her body, he offered to bury her. Mahesh still believes that he owes it all to Parveen. The depth and bond they shared, was brought on celluloid by the filmmaker himself. His films like 'Arth' and 'Woh Lamhe' vouch for his gratitude towards the actress.

Parveen the philanthropist

Feud over Parveen Babi’s will ends, 80 percent of her wealth to be used for philanthropy, TNN | Updated: Oct 21, 2016 The Times of India

11 years after Parveen Babi's death, the Bombay High Court has finally accepted the legitimacy of the actress' will. According to the will, 80 percent of Parveen's wealth should be used to form and run a trust, which will help underprivileged women and children from the Babi community of Junagadh, where she was born.

The Parveen Babi Trust will be headed by her 82-year-old uncle, Muradkhan Babi, who was close to her and who has been given 20 percent of the estate. Muradkhan will be the managing trustee and president of the philanthropic trust envisioned by Parveen. Its governing body will include two members from the Babi community and two picked by Muradkhan.

No other family member has been offered a share. Other ten percent of the trust's funds will be channelled to St. Xavier's College in Ahmedabad, where the late star had studied.

When the will was produced in 2005 post her death, the actress' paternal relatives, who were not given any share of her wealth, had challenged the authenticity of the document. They took the matter to the High Court. After a long battle, they finally relented earlier this year.

Complete filmography

Parveen Babi: the Jazzy Jane of Junagadh
Parveen Babi in Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982)
Parveen Babi in Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982)
Parveen Babi in Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982)
Parveen Babi in Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982)

1973 Charitra

1974 36 Ghante

1974 Charitraheen

1974 Dhuen Ki Lakeer

1974 Majboor

1974 Trimurti

1975 Deewaar

1975 Kala Sona

1976 Bhanwar

1976 Bullet

1976 Mazdoor Zindabaad

1976 Rangila Ratan

1977 Amar Akbar Anthony

1977 Chalta Purza

1977 Chandi Sona

1977 Darinda

1977 Do Dilwale

1977 Mama Bhanja

1977 Mastan Dada

1978 Aahuti

1978 Pati Patni Aur Woh

1979 Chor Sipahee

1979 Kaala Patthar

1979 Suhaag

1980 Abdullah

1980 Dam Maro Dam

1980 Do Aur Do Paanch

1980 Ek Do Teen Chaar

1980 Ek Gunah Aur Sahi

1980 Gunehgaar

1980 Shaan

1980 The Burning Train

1981 Ahista Ahista

1981 Jambo

1981 Kaalia

1981 Khoon Aur Paani

1981 Kranti

1981 Meri Aawaz Suno

1981 Raksha

1982 Ashanti

1982 Desh Premee

1982 Dil... Akhir Dil Hai

1982 Khud-Daar

1982 Namak Halaal

1982 Taaqat

1982 Yeh Nazdeekiyan

1983 Arpan

1983 Chor Police

1983 Gehri Chot: Urf - Door-Desh

1983 Jaani Dost

1983 Mahaan

1983 Mangal Pandey

1983 Rang Birangi

1983 Razia Sultan

1984 Bad Aur Badnaam

1984 Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein

1984 Teri Bahon Mein

1985 Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi

1985 Bond 303

1985 Sitamgar

1985 Telephone

1986 Avinash

1988 Akarshan

1991 Iraada

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