| Babita was a popular actress of Bollywood entertainers
in the late 60s and 70s. Her older cousin was the beautiful Sadhana.
For a period Babita vied for the top spot on the beauty charts
of Hindi cinema. Her career matched her with all the top stars
of the day.
Babita married Raj
Kapoor's eldest son Randhir Kapoor and once married to him,
she was compelled to leave the industry.
She worked with her then future husband Randhir Kapoor on
his first directorial debut "Kal Aaj Aur Kal" which
was notable as the first and only film to bring together 3 generations
of Kapoor family members.
After having two daughters and a stormy relationship with
Randhir, Babita boldly walked out of the marriage taking her
girls along with her. To have separated from Randhir must have
taken a huge amount of verve and guts on the part of Babita.
Not only was she bucking social convention but also separating
herself from one of India's most powerful dynasties, the Kapoors.
After leaving her marriage Babita focused her attention on raising
her two daughters, Karisma
If one thinks about the Bollywood stories that are Karisma
(who has many of the facial features and body gestures of her
mother) and Kareena Kapoor, Babita, the backstage mom truly
has to be taken into account.
She is know for having a huge influence over the career
paths of her two mega star daughters. Like a true Bollywood
film mother she accompanies her girls on film shoots and dance
shows. In the early days of Karisma's career 'Lolo' was under
mom's iron hand. Karisma is legendarily know for being devoted
and submissive to her mother's wishes. Neither daughter makes
a film decision without prior approval of mom.
Even further, Babita has deep connections in Bollywood and
lobbies hard with producers to get her girls the choice projects.
The gossip is Babita's backstage power was responsible for pulling
the rug out from under a number of big name actresses to have
her daughters' replaced as the lead star in some high profile
films. These types of back stage tactics have caused a fair
amount of resentment in some Bollywood circles.
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