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Geeta Bali
Geeta Bali.jpg
Born Harikirtan Kaur
1930
Sargodha, Punjab, British India
Died January 1965 (aged 34–35)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active 1950 - 1964

Geeta Bali (1930 – 21 January 1965) was a popular film actress from Bollywood.

Early life[edit]

Bali was born in pre-partition Punjab in Sargodha as Harkirtan Kaur.[1] Her family moved to Mumbai and were living in near poverty when she started to get breaks in films.

Career[edit]

Geeta Baali started her film career as a child actress, at the age of 12, with the film The Cobbler. She made her debut as a heroine in Badnaami.[2]

Bali became a star in the 1950s. She had also worked earlier with her future brother-in-law Raj Kapoor in Bawre Nain and with her future father-in-law Prithviraj Kapoor in Anand Math. Unlike other actresses who gave up films after marrying into the Kapoor family, Bali kept acting until her death. Her last film was Jab Se Tumko Dekha Hai in 1963.

Her secretary was Surinder Kapoor, father of producer Boney Kapoor, actor Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor.

Personal life[edit]

They lived in Amritsar before 1947. Her father, Kartar Singh, known as Philosopher, was blind. He was a Sikh scholar and kirtan (Sikh devotional music) singer. Her maternal grandfather, Takhat Singh (1870-1937), was the founder of Sikh Kanya Mahavidyalay - a boarding school for girls and the first of its kind established in 1904 in Ferozepur. The parents encouraged their daughters, Harkirtan (Geeta Bali) and Hardarshan, to learn classical music and dance, horse riding and gatka fencing. Fundamentalist Sikhs socially boycotted the family as they did not like the girls performing in public and they picketed theatres. [Source: Amar Bharti interviewed by Amrita Pritam, Nagmani December 1982]

On 23 August 1955 Geeta married Shammi Kapoor, with whom she was working in the film Coffee House.[3] They had two children, a son (Aditya Raj Kapoor) and a daughter (Kanchan).[citation needed]

She died on 21 January 1965, having contracted smallpox while shooting a Punjabi film, Rano, based on a novel Eik Chadar Maili Si by Rajinder Singh Bedi. He was directing the film and she was the producer. Bedi, devastated by the untimely death of Bali, abandoned the project. He wrote later that he had put the novel on her burning funeral pyre.[citation needed]

She is the aunt of Yogeeta Bali.[citation needed]shammi kapoor married to neela devi after her death.

Filmography[edit]

Her films include Bawre Nain (1950) with future brother-in-law Raj Kapoor, Baazi (1951) with Dev Anand, Ghayal (1951) with Sheikh Mukhtar, Albela (1951) and Jhamela (1953) with Bhagwan Dada, Jaal (1952) with Dev Anand, Baaz (1953) with Guru Dutt and Mr. India (1961). She received a Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress for Vachan (1955) and another nomination as Best Supporting Actress for Kavi (1955). One of her memorable movies is Anand Math.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adrian Room (26 July 2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins. McFarland. pp. 44–. ISBN 978-0-7864-4373-4. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Subodh Kapoor (2002). The Indian Encyclopaedia: Gautami Ganga -Himmat Bahadur. Cosmo Publications. pp. 2575–. ISBN 978-81-7755-266-9. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Ramesh Dawar (1 January 2006). Bollywood Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow. Star Publications. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-905863-01-3. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

 http://www.getinfy.com/biography/geeta-bali/



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181 news items

 
The Asian Age
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:56:15 -0700

Dada made the classic, Albela (1951) with Geeta Bali. A smash-hit, the film was that year's third-highest grosser at the box office. But he had absolutely no luck when he tried to repeat his hit-making skills. The final blow to the bank came when a ...

IndiaGlitz

IndiaGlitz
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:30:00 -0800

Debonair and swashbuckling Shammi Kapoor and the vibrant and beautiful Geeta Bali were the typical 'Made For Each Other' couple. They first came together during the outdoor shooting in the bewitching and picturesque Ranikhet in Uttarakhand state in ...

NDTV

NDTV
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:40:18 -0700

Late legendary actor Shammi Kapoor also had an arranged marriage with Neela Devi after the death of his first wife Geeta Bali. The match was reportedly arranged by his filmmaker brother Raj Kapoor's wife Krishna. Raj Kapoor too had a traditional ...
 
Business Line
Mon, 28 May 2012 21:52:30 -0700

There were four women who ruled the Hindi film industry during its golden decade (1950-60) — Geeta Bali, easily one of the most gifted actresses to grace the silver screen; Geeta Dutt, who has over 1,500 soulful songs to her credit; Madhubala, the ...
 
iDiva.com
Thu, 17 May 2012 11:34:26 -0700

Someone who chose not to have children of her own in a bid to nurture with utmost fairness his two from an earlier marriage to the late actor Geeta Bali. When Neila Devi Gohil, from the royal family of Bhavnagar, agreed to marry superstar Shammi Kapoor ...

Business of Cinema

Business of Cinema
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:46:04 -0700

He then married Geeta Bali who later got infatuated towards Mithun Chakraborty on the sets of Khwab in 1980 and married the latter. When asked about Geeta Bali by Pritish Nandy in an interview earlier , Kishore Kumar had said , “That was a joke. I don ...
 
Times of India
Tue, 16 Aug 2011 23:45:07 -0700

My mother Geeta Bali an almost-uneducated woman, came to see me at the boarding school more often than my father. My mother had given up her career and my father's had just started. So she had more time to visit me. My mother was the original Sridevi.
 
Filmfare
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 04:11:21 -0700

She believed I'd be able to look after Shammiji and the children after the demise of Geeta Bali due to small pox.” So during Ritu's sangeet (she was getting married to businessman Rajan Nanda) Krishna and Urmi Sial (Shammi's sister) asked Shammi to ...
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