Aditya Raj Kapoor recalls how Geeta Bali was committed to complete the film Chadar Maili Si despite having smallpox; says, ‘She refused to go back from Punjab’ – Exclusive | Hindi Movie News

Shammi Kapoor’s son Aditya Raj Kapoor shares fond reminiscences of his mom Geeta Bali. In dialog with ETimes, Aditya remembers how Geeta rose to fame from humble beginnings, how Shammi Kapoor fell in love together with her, how she was dedicated to her craft and needed to finish a movie regardless of contracting smallpox that finally took her life and extra…
“She is essentially the most unsung hero of this household,” says Aditya.”I traced her ancestors and met her household solely 5-7 years. Geeta ji got here from a thinker’s household. Her father Pandit Kartar Singh Bali was a Pandit in addition to a Sikh. He was born a Hindu and transformed to Sikhism. He joined the Golden Temple to singbhajans and all. From there he grew to become a thinker. He used to go to individuals’s homes to do satsang. Geeta ii would additionally go together with him.
How a lot would a thinker would earn? So, Geeta ji needed to take up performing. She took up theatre first. Her group boycotted her. So, she ran away to Lahore and joined All India Radio and have become a singer there on the age of 13-14. She did two movies there, Cobbler and one other one. These producers introduced her to Bombay to work with Kedar Sharma.”
“As soon as Kedar Sharma bought maintain of her, she grew to become historical past. With two movies she grew to become a famous person together with Dev Anand. They have been like an up-and-coming pair. And someplace round that point, Mr Shammi Kapoor fell in love together with her. At the moment, Shammi ji had 15 flops to his identify. Geeta ji was a prime star however she determined to calm down at the moment. She gave up her stardom fully within the blink of a second. After Shammi ji married Geeta ji, the following 12 months his movie Tumsa Nahin Dekha grew to become a super-duper hit. I used to be born on the identical time. Tumsa Nahin Dekha remodeled him right into a rom-com artist. I feel he was the primary romcom artist in India. After Tumsa… he got here up with Dil Deke Dekho after which Junglee. After there was no trying again for him,” he provides.
Geeta Bali grew to become a housewife after marriage and sorted her two youngsters – Kanchan and Aditya. Sadly, she expired because of smallpox. “She went to Punjab to a spot referred to as Banga to do a movie Chadar Maili Si. That movie was written by the Sahitya Akademi Award winner Rajinder Singh Bedi based mostly on his e book Rano. Mummy needed to begin an artwork movie firm. She had her personal firm during which Abrar Alvi was a gaggle accomplice.
My mom helped Guru Dutt, Asha Parekh, and Mala Sinha turn into stars. These individuals helped her put this firm ahead. She performed the function of Rano within the movie. Dharmendra was there together with her and I used to be additionally there as a result of I had come for holidays from my boarding faculty. For one month, we have been in Punjab and he or she contracted smallpox,” shares Aditya.
Being a Jatt woman, she refused to return and needed to finish the capturing of the movie. Aditya remembers it was Dharmendra who referred to as his father and stated, “Geeta ji is unwell, come and take her again.”
“My father was capturing Teesri Manzil at the moment. He left that location and got here to Punjab to wrap issues up and take my mom to Bombay. I feel it was round Christmas. By the point New 12 months got here, she had developed a really excessive fever and he or she had began exhibiting indicators of smallpox. In twenty days, she expired.
Smallpox was eradicated within the nation. There should have been a only a few instances left. However she had by no means taken the vaccine. Coming from a poor household, she was terrified of medical therapies. Then being Shammi Kapoor’s spouse and an enormous star, she thought, “Kuch nahin hoga.” However when God decides one thing, it occurs. What can we do? It is extremely unhappy. Rajinder Singh Bedi threw the e book Rano in her funeral fireplace and stated that he won’t ever make this movie with anyone else. After his demise, Rishi Kapoor made the movie with Hema Malini – Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986),” Aditya concludes.

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