News|August 5, 2012 9:08 am

Neetu Singh Biography

Neetu Singh (also known as Neetu Kapoor) is an Indian Bollywood actress. She started acting from the age of 8 under the name Baby Sonia. She played Roopa in the 1966 movie Dus Lakh and a dual role in the film Do Kaliyaan. Her other notable films as a child actress were Waris and Pavitra Paapi. She made her debut as a leading actress in Rikshawala in 1972 and went onto appear in over 60 films. She left the film industry in 1982 after her marriage to frequent co-star Rishi Kapoor in 1980. She recently made a comeback after 28 years in Do Dooni Chaar in 2010.

Neetu Singh was born in Delhi to Rajee Singh in a Sikh family. She lived in Shanti Building, Peddar Road, Mumbai and attended the Hill Grange High Schoolnextdoor on Peddar road.

Neetu Singh made her debut as a child actress with films like Do Kaliyaan in the late 1960s. She started playing leading roles in 1972 with Rikshawala which was a flop. She took a small role in Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973), which became a hit, and her sizzling dance number to the song Lekar Hum brought her so much attention that she was immediately offered lead roles again. In most films, Neetu was cast as the fun-loving daughter or the ‘optimistic’ or ‘lively’ girlfriend. She acted with the top stars of her day, especially Rishi Kapoor with whom she appeared in 11 films. The most successful films they acted in included Khel Khel Mein (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Doosra Aadmi (1978). She was nominated for Best Actress for the Star Screen Awards for her performance in the movie. She also won, along with Rishi Kapoor, Best Lifetime Jodi at the 2011 Zee Cine Awards. She was also paired opposite actors like Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra and Shatrughan Sinha in hit films like Deewaar (1975), Adalat (1976), Dharam Veer (1977), Jaani Dushman(1979) and Kaala Patthar (1979).

On screen and off it, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor fell in love. This led to the couple tying the knot in January 1980 after a much publicized engagement that was the talk of Bollywood. Neetu was 21 at that time. She was at the top of her career, having just been nominated for a Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress for Kaala Pathar (1979), but she retired. She dismissed allegations that she left films because it was customary for actresses married to the famous Kapoor family to retire after marriage, claiming that it was her ‘personal choice.’. Recently she made a comeback to films after 27 years appearing opposite her husband in Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Do Dooni Chaar.

Neetu is married to actor Rishi Kapoor with whom she has two children. Daughter Riddhima, a fashion designer, married Delhi-based industrialist Bharat Sahni on 25 January 2006. Son Ranbir Kapoor is a Bollywood actor. Riddhima gave birth to a daughter named Samara in March 2011.

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