Bobby, the debut film of Dimple Kapadia, is still one of the most talked-about films 48 years after its release. The actress catapulted to popularity at the age of 17.
However, her personal life garnered equal attention. Six months prior to the premiere of Bobby, which marked Rishi Kapoor’s debut, Kapadia wed superstar Rajesh Khanna.
On a flight, Dimple met Rajesh Khanna for the first time. She was flying to Ahmedabad for a special occasion. Dimple recalled her first meeting with Rajesh Khanna at an event organized by FICCI a couple of years back. She recalled it was after signing Raj Kapoor’s film contract.
“We were taking a private flight to Ahmedabad for an event. I was born a performer. Bachpan se drama ka shauk bohot jyada tha. He sat next me. I was looking at him. Rajesh Khanna, I mean, give me a break!
I informed him in a chalaak-like manner, “There’s a lot of people here, so be careful!” Aap mera haath pakdoge na? (That location will be somewhat packed, correct? Will you hold my hand?)’ He responded, ‘Haan bilkul (Yes, why not).’ I answered, ‘Hamesha ke liye? The rest, as they say, is history. She recalled the event and burst out laughing.
However, Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna’s marriage was short-lived. In 1982, the two parted ways. Dimple had two daughters at the time: Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna. Only two years later did she return to the big screen.
The actor stated on The Pritish Nandy Show that she could not comprehend the superstar. Dimple Kapada, recalling her life prior to their separation, explains that they parted ways because they were “different kinds of people.”
“I believe we were two very different types of individuals. I was probably too young to comprehend what was happening to this celebrity man. Because I am not a star, I have never been able to comprehend the behavior of stars. “I simply did not comprehend,” she claimed.
She credited Bobby and its popularity as the reason she was able to reenter the industry. “I consider it a lease on life. After ten years, this is the only film that has brought me to where I am in life. Otherwise, nobody would have offered me a job, she continued.
Interestingly, Dimple Kapadia’s initial shot did not hit Bobby. The actress was “rejected” due to the fact that she “looked older than Rishi Kapoor.” However, Raj Kapoor gave her another opportunity. He gave her wings to fly and instilled in her the belief that she could successfully play the role.
“When I was at school, I read in the newspaper that Raj Kapoor has a new face. I told my friends, “That’s me.” You can afford to be so confident at that age. I was brought to the screen test, where I was denied because I appeared to be older than Rishi Kapoor. However, he granted me a second screen test, and I received the film.
I tried repeatedly in specific scenes to elicit genuine tears. He would strengthen me. I have never encountered a director like him. He makes you feel capable of accomplishing the task. She recalled that he inspired such confidence in her.