Born into a Muslim family on 4th April 1949, Parveen Babi hails from Junagadh, Gujarat. Being the only child of her parents, Parveen was born fourteen years after her parents’ marriage. She lost her father Vali Mohammed Khan Babi at the age of ten.
At the age of 23, Parveen began her modeling career (1972) and was lucky enough to grab a film opposite a cricketer Salim Durrani in 1973. The film was titled Charitra (1973) that bombed at the Box Office, though Parveen grabbed eyeballs
In 1975, Parveen Babi played Anita opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the blockbuster Deewar
Parveen Babi was known for being a fashion icon. And in fact, throughout her career, she was thought of more as a glamorous heroine than a serious actress
Parveen Babi, was the first Indian star to be featured on the cover of the Asia edition of Time magazine in 1976. She was 27 when the Time cover, titled Asia’s Frenetic Film Scene, came out
Parveen Babi had tried her hands on performing lavani (Marathi dance form) too. With Ashanti (1982), which was inspired by the American television show Charlie’s Angels, Parveen shared screen space with Shabana Azmi and Zeenat Aman
Parveen Babi’s Jawaani Janeman song from Namak Halal had become a rage in the 80s
Namak Halal’s yet another song ‘Raat Baaki, Baat Baaki’ was also a super-hit. Parveen Babi looked her sensuous best in the song
At the peak of her career, Parveen Babi left the industry and was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
In her later years, Parveen Babi lived an extremely reclusive life, rarely making a public appearance.
Parveen died a lonely death at her Mumbai apartment on Jan 20, 2005. To this day, Babi is considered among the most beautiful actresses to have graced the silver screen