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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 1952 - 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) 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]

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) 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]

her douther Kanchen married with Ketan Desai son of yeasteryear Director Manmohan Desai


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NDTV
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:44:54 -0700

Bhopal: Geeta Bali, a resident of Garhakota town in Madhya Pradesh, starts her day by walking up to the local health centre with an unusual question - "Are there any post mortems today?" 'No', says the guard, and Geeta, 32, is relieved. This means she ...
 
Daily Bhaskar
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:23:43 -0700

From Madhubala and Geeta Bali to Asha Parikh and Hema Malini, the beauty and charm of these divas have graced a number of issues of Filmfare. And when the actresses were gracing the covers in all their glory, how could actors recluse away from posing ...
 
IndiaGlitz
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:56:15 -0700

But unfortunately his debut movie was a failure and he went into depression and was on verge of committing suicide. But Kidar Sharma, gave him confidence and yet again offered his next movie BAAWRE NAIN, staring Raj Kapoor and Geeta Bali.
 
Times of India
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:52:28 -0700

The fourth grandchild of the legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor is all set to venture into Bollywood with his film 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil'. As the whole Kapoor clan came to cheer up Armaan Jain at the music launch of his film, it was evident that the ...

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:41:15 -0700

The one-man army of 1950s and 1960s, Guru Dutt, will always be remembered by generations for his impeccable taste in filmmaking. Dutt, who was originally born as Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone, has a plethora of film bank which could give any ...
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