An interview in which Danny Denzongpa revealed all about his relationship with Parveen Babi is viral on the internet today.
Parveen Babi was considered to be one of the most successful actresses of her era, along with Hema Malini, Rekha, Zeenat Aman, Jaya Bhaduri, Reena Roy and Raakhee. She starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in eight films, all of which were either hits or super hits.
As Babi’s personality symbolised Western standards, it would be difficult for Bollywood producers to personify her role in Indian sentiments. Hence, she was given roles which were glamorous and represented standards of a film star quality and established her status as a first female superstar of Bollywood or the commercially successful heroine and this paved the way to differ herself from the other contemporary actress in Bombay’s film industry. She had appeared in most of the commercially successful films of that era and her famous co-stars include Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Feroz Khan, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Manoj Kumar and Rishi Kapoor who were all the leading stars of the 1970s and 1980s.
The love relationship between actor Danny Denzongpa and late Parveen Babi is not hidden to anyone. The couple dated for about 4 years in the 70s after which they parted ways on a good note. Danny spoke about the only fond memories of the beauty and describes her as ‘a nice human being and very beautiful’.
Veteran actor Danny Denzongpa had once given an interview to a film magazine. In the interview, Danny opened up about his relationship with actor Parveen Babi, who he once was in a relationship with. Their affair dates back to the 70s. It lasted a few years before actress Parveen Babi broke it off abruptly, says Danny.
Now, the strange world that the internet is, the interview is back to trending on the web.
In his interview to Filmfare, Danny said,
“We were two young kids and we lived together for four years. That was big news those days. We had a wonderful time, but later we grew apart and parted on a good note. We remained friends.”
After calling it quits with Danny, Parveen went on to date actor Kabir Bedi and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. During this period, Danny and Parveen were friends.
“Parveen would keep inviting me for dinner. I had a new girlfriend (actor Kim) those days who was wary of Parveen. Also, if your ex-keeps walks into the house anytime, it would be difficult for any girl to accept. I would pick up Kim from the sets after pack up and reach home only to find Parveen in my bedroom watching a movie on the VCR. I asked Parveen not to do it. But she’d say, ‘We don’t have anything between us, we are friends’,” said Danny.
Denzongpa also revealed in the interview to the magazine how he had to speak to his friend and Parveen’s then boyfriend Mahesh Bhatt, to make her see sense. Danny’s girlfriend after Parveen, Kim, wasn’t very happy about Babi’s antics.
Parveen Babi was battling paranoid schizophrenia during this period, but little did anyone know back then that that would end up taking her life.
Danny revealed the first time he noticed something abnormal about Babi.
“I had been for dinner at her place. There were silver conches on the table. When I began blowing one, she got frightened. That’s when Mahesh said, ‘She gets easily frightened these days and is turning into a recluse’.”
Mahesh Bhatt took Danny in confidence a few days later,
“Parveen’s unwell. She cares for you and you must come over and give her support’ said Mahesh,” recalled Danny.
Denzongpa also revealed in the interview why Parveen snapped all ties with him. The reason, strangely, was Amitabh Bachchan.
“One day she happened to read an interview where Amitji (Bachchan) had mentioned that I was a good friend of his. That was it. When I went to meet her the next time, she looked at me through the keyhole and refused to let me in calling me ‘his agent’ (Parveen’s paranoid schizophrenia had resulted in her developing irrational fears vis-a-vis several celebrities including Bachchan). She was frightened of me too,” recalled Danny.
On January 22, 2005, Parveen was found dead in her house after the society alerted the police that she had not collected her newspaper and milk for three days. Parveen, the post-mortem said, was dead for about 72 hours before her body was discovered. Danny did attend Parveen’s funeral. In fact, he was among the handful of people who turned up at the actor’s funeral back in 2005.
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