Actors · Short Takes

Happy 60th, Dimple Kapadia


The nation is still panting. 

Less than 5 months before I was born, in September 1973, one woman redefined and mainstreamed female sexuality for Hindi cinema.

We still haven’t recovered…

This song, Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho Aur Chaabi Kho Jaaye, of course, played a huge part in that. Although the lyrics were very ominous: part innocent, partly suggestive, indicating the dangers of locking the room and ahem… the sex. It sure was cleverly done and must have been a big deal to pull it off in that time. No Antakshari is complete without this one (…decades before Sarkai Liyo Khatiya). Specially when you go ‘Hum Tum‘ and hear a collective protest… but… but… it starts with…

Raj Kapoor created the persona of Bobby but it was all Dimple Kapadia. The fresh and carefree abandon. The beauty of her intelligence. The grace in her sexy. Not to mention her crackling acting debut at age 14. (She was 16, upon its actual release, and when she married Rajesh Khanna)

She returned years later with Saagar in 1985, still smouldering and all woman. We didn’t need to know her name but Rishi Kapoor still asked because, well, there’d be no Saagar Jaisi Aakhon Wali.

She paid her due to commercial cinema before moving to substance roles in Kaash, Drishti, Lekin and Rudaali. And the vulnerable Tara of Dil Chahta Hai.
Bobby then, Dimple now, we all still want to be locked in that room with you.

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