About Parveen Babi

Parveen Babi (April 4, 1949 - January 20, 2005) was an Indian actress. She was born in Junagadh and did her early schooling in Aurangabad and later attended St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad. Her father Vali Mohammed Babi, a Gujarati muslim, was an administrator with the Nawab of Junagadh. Babi was born fourteen years after the marriage of her parents and was an only child.

She was one of the most successful Bollywood actresses in the 1970s and was known for her portrayal of strong women who did not care about the conventional norms of society. She was the first Indian actress to have featured on TIME magazine's cover, in 1975. In her most successful films, she was paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan who was one of the biggest stars of the decade. She is often compared with her contemporary Zeenat Aman due to their common image of being Westernized beauties. In films like Deewar (1975), Shaan (1980) and Namak Halaal (1982) her screen presence maybe have been minimal (the films largely working around the hero) but Babi brought a certain attractive aloofness to the roles and songs she appeared in

She was found dead in her Mumbai apartment on January 22, 2005 after her residential society secretary complained to the police that she had not collected milk and newspapers from her doorstep for two days.She was found to have gangrene of the foot as a complication of her diabetic condition. The police ruled out any foul play. She was buried next to her mother at Santa Cruz, in Mumbai on January 23, after her funeral was made according to Islamic teachings.

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