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Dimple Chunnibhai Kapadia (born 8 June 1957) is an Indian film actress. Kapadia made her acting debut at the age of 16, playing the title role in Raj Kapoor's teen romance Bobby (1973). In that same year she married Indian actor Rajesh Khanna, and retired from acting. She is the mother of Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna, both former actresses. Kapadia returned to the film industry in 1984 after her separation from Khanna. One of her films of that period was the drama Saagar (1985). Both Bobby and Saagar won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She became one of the leading actresses of Hindi cinema in the 1980s.
Kapadia was keen to avoid being stereotyped and expand her range of acting roles. She subsequently took on more serious parts in parallel films and received acclaim for her performances in such films as Kaash (1987), Drishti (1990), Lekin... (1990), and Rudaali (1993), which earned her a National Film Award for Best Actress and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She followed with supporting roles in Gardish (1993) and Krantiveer (1994), the latter of which garnered her a fourth Filmfare Award.
Kapadia continued working infrequently through the 1990s and the 2000s. She played a minor part in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and was noted for her portrayal of the title role in the American production Leela (2002). Some of her later film credits include leading roles in Hum Kaun Hai? (2004), Pyaar Mein Twist (2005), Phir Kabhi (2008) and Tum Milo Toh Sahi (2010), and supporting roles in Being Cyrus (2005), Luck by Chance (2009), Dabangg (2010), Patiala House (2011) and Cocktail (2012).Kapadia once said she had always had aspirations to become an actress when she was a child, calling herself "film-crazy". She was discovered at age 13 by Raj Kapoor, who later introduced her in his 1973 teen romance Bobby. While the film was to be Kapoor's son Rishi Kapoor's first leading role, Kapadia was given the title role of Bobby Braganza, a middle-class Anglo-Indian Christian girl. The story follows how Bobby falls in love with Raj (Rishi), the son of a wealthy businessman, and how the two face the disapproval of their parents. Bobby was a major mainstream and critical success, and Kapadia was lauded for her performance, which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress (tied with Jaya Bhaduri for Abhimaan). In later years Kapadia would credit Raj Kapoor for her development as an actress: "the sum total of me today as an actress, whatever I am, is Raj Kapoor." Several of her lines in the film became popular, particularly, "Mujhse dosti karoge?" ("Will you be my friend?"). In 2008, Rediff.com ranked her performance in the film as the fourth-best female debut of all-time in Hindi cinema: "An elfin little girl with big, lovely eyes, nobody quite portrayed innocence as memorably as Dimple in her first outing. She was candid, striking, and a true natural ... here was a girl who would redefine glamour and grace, and make it look very, very easy indeed." Following the success of the film, Kapadia's modern wardrobe and hairstyle in Bobby, consisting of "knotted polka-dotted blouse and earphone hairstyle", made her a youth fashion icon of the times in India. Consequently polka-dotted dresses were often referred to as 'Bobby Print'. Bhawana Somaaya of The Hindu credits Kapadia as starting film memorabilia merchandising in India. Mukesh Khosla of The Tribune reported that Bobby established her as a "cult figure" as she led the fashion trends. By the time Bobby released, Kapadia had married actor Rajesh Khanna in March 1973 at the age of 16, and left the film industry to raise her children.After Kapadia's separation from Khanna in 1982, she was keen on returning to acting, which she ultimately did in 1984. Along with Rekha and Sridevi, she would go on to become one of three leading commercial actresses in India in the 1980s. Kapadia accredited the reason for her return was because of a personal need to prove to herself her own capabilities. The first film she worked on was Saagar, directed by Ramesh Sippy, after a mutual friend had notified Sippy about her willingness to return to acting. She first performed a screen test, which according to her was very unsuccessful as she was extremely nervous and "literally shivering" while making it. To her surprise, Sippy ultimately signed her on to play the lead part opposite her Bobby co-star Rishi Kapoor. Scripted with her in mind, the film was intended to be her comeback vehicle, but its one-year delay meant that several of her proceeding projects would be released before, the first of which was Zakhmi Sher (1984). Saagar eventually premiered in August 1985 and was controversial for several scenes featuring Kapadia, including one scene in which she was seen topless for a split second. The film was a critical success and was eventually chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars that year. Kapadia's performance as Mona D'Silva, a young woman from Goa who is torn between her friend (Kamal Haasan) and the man she loves (Kapoor), won her a second Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards. A review by Asiaweek labelled her "a delight". Rediff.com noted, "Dimple, caught between a friend and lover, performed solidly and memorably, grounding the two male leads and making the film work." A 1993 issue of India Today wrote, "Saagar was in many ways a paean to her incredible beauty. She looked ravishing: auburn hair, classical face, deep eyes, an aura of sensuality. It was clear she was back.In 1984 she had a role opposite Sunny Deol in Manzil Manzil, a drama directed by Nasir Hussain. She later said making the film was "one big picnic", though she expressed her lack of comfort performing the "routine song-and-dance" nature of the part. Kapadia's first film of 1985 was Mukul Anand's Aitbaar, a Hitchcockian thriller for which she received positive reviews. Speaking of her performance, she said that during shooting she was "a bag of nerves", which eventually ended up working "to my advantage as it lent my performance the right shade of tautness, without my realising it." Among other films released that year, Kapadia was paired up with Sunny Deol in Arjun, an action film directed by Rahul Rawail and scripted by Javed Akhtar.
Feroz Khan's Janbaaz (1986) told the story of a man fighting the drug menace. The film became known for its steamy love scene involving Kapadia and male lead Anil Kapoor, in which the two also shared a full on kiss, something Hindi movie-goers were not accustomed to in those days. In that same year she acted opposite Saagar co-star Kamal Haasan in her first regional film, Vikram, a Tamil-language sci-fi feature. She played the minor part of Inimaasi, a young princess who falls for the title character, played by Haasan. At that time, she also worked in numerous Hindi films made by producers from the South, including Pataal Bhairavi, which she detested. She has confessed to accepting these roles for financial gain rather than artistic merit during this period, noting, "I shudder even now when I think of those films. As an artiste I got totally corrupted."
"After three years of near-frustration in my career, I bagged Mahesh Bhatt's film Kaash. This film changed my whole outlook. After all those professional brickbats, when Mahesh asked me to do his film I think I got one of the biggest highs of my career. Working for Mahesh has been the most satisfying phase in my entire career as an actress. If I can imbibe even 25% of what he has taught me, I feel I will be made as an artiste."
—Kapadia in 1987 on the experience of making Kaash
In 1987, Kapadia starred in Mahesh Bhatt's drama Kaash. Kapadia and Jackie Shroff starred as an estranged couple who, during a relentless legal battle over the custody of their only son, learn that the boy is suffering from leukaemia, which makes them reunite to spend together the last months of his life. Before shooting began, she called it "the most serious artistic challenge I have ever faced in my career." Bhatt said he decided to cast her in the role because he was aware of her own marital experience, and he noted that during the making of the film she "came closer and closer to the naked truth," so much that "after a certain point, mentally I couldn't differentiate between Dimple and Pooja. She became the character." Kapadia's performance as Pooja was highly praised by critics. In an article discussing her career's best roles, The Times of India wrote, "As ... [a] long-suffering wife who tries making a living for herself and her young son by working odd jobs, Dimple showed immense strength as a performer. This has to be one of her best and most unrecognised performances." Sukanya Verma from Rediff.com noted, "She rendered her Pooja with stoic determination and touching vulnerability making her character extremely believable and sympathetic at once.