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She ruled a 70s. She was a glamorous summons who redefined a picture of a Hindi film heroine. Every time she seemed on a screen, it was unfit to demeanour divided from her. From a approach she carried herself to a unashamed approach of selecting her characters, Parveen Babi was a trendsetter.
In a brief career span, Babi was a partial of several successful films. Her picture was diametrically conflicting from a saree clad bhartiya-nari who was customarily a Hindi film heroine though that worked in her favour. Parveen was also a initial Indian to seem on a cover of TIME repository and that was a singular attainment in those days.
As most as everybody remembers a success of this smashing diva, we also remember her struggles with mental health.
It was in 2015 when someone as renouned as Deepika Padukone collected a bravery to come out and pronounce about her depression. And that creates one consternation about Parveen Babi, who was misjudged by a world, called crazy by a masses and had no assistance in a darkest of times.
In a nation like ours, where simple presence can infer to be a challenge, we are used to only rushing by a day and ignoring a health, even when it’s a earthy ailment. The banned about deliberating one’s mental health is still so large that commoners like us still find it formidable to speak about it in a open. The common idea of job someone crazy or loosely regulating difference like “paagal” doesn’t startle anyone. Empathy for those struggling with their mental health issues is still a distant cry, so assisting someone who is perplexing to come to terms with their issues is utterly far-fetched.
The unfolding was even worse in a 80s. Parveen Babi, who dealt with several mental health issues, was treated like a artificial actress. She had indicted several Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities of plotting to kill her and that sounded weird to many though many unsuccessful to commend a warning signs. Parveen lived by a epoch when Hindi womanlike actors were mostly treated as eye-candy in a film. Their glorious was what captivated many to a theatres though Babi managed to mount out among a herd. And Babi was reputable for a same though all a fan following she had collected dead within seconds when she indispensable some support. Colleagues who worked with her for many years were nowhere to be seen when Parveen was battling with those dim demons.
Mahesh Bhatt, Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongopa have all oral about Parveen’s mental health issues over a years. Bhatt even constructed a film Woh Lamhe that was a semi-biographical comment of Babi’s life though all of this happened most after Babi’s passing.
From being a successful actor who had producers queuing outward her residence to someone who died alone, her life saw a extreme change. It wasn’t until 3 days after her passing that anyone even got a sniff that a distinguished megastar had now bid adieu to a world. Her passing was comfortless though what was even some-more comfortless that a lady who fascinated millions by her performances had no one station by her side when she indispensable a strength to go on.
Parveen Babi will be remembered for her glamorous avatar though her life’s story will always be remembered as a tragedy, and that too, for no error of her own.