Simple Kapadia

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Simple Kapadia
Simplekapadia.jpg
Born(1958-08-15)15 August 1958
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died10 November 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 51)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, Costume designer
Years active1977–2007
 
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Simple Kapadia
Simplekapadia.jpg
Born(1958-08-15)15 August 1958
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died10 November 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 51)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, Costume designer
Years active1977–2007

Simple Kapadia (15 August 1958 – 10 November 2009) was a Bollywood actress and costume designer.

Simple Kapadia began her career when she was 18 years old. She made her acting debut in 1977 in the film Anurodh, paired opposite her then real-life brother-in-law, actor Rajesh Khanna. In that movie, she played the role of Sumitha Mathur. Her career as an actress spanned for almost 10 years. She starred in Shaaka in 1981 opposite Jeetendra. Her role in Lootmaar received all the plaudits from critics as well as theatregoers.

She then distinguished herself with secondary roles in movies such as Jeevan Dhara, Hum Rahe Na Hum and Dulha Bikta Hai in which she performed a memorable qawali dance. In 1985, she starred in alternate cinema movie Rehguzar opposite Shekhar Suman. This poetic movie confirmed her qualities as an actress. Despite several offers and after more than 20 movies, she decided to end her acting career in 1987 after performing in an item song for the movie Parakh. She decided to become a costume designer. She very quickly excelled in that role and in her clientele, famous names such as Tabu, Amrita Singh, Sridevi and Priyanka Chopra could be found.

In 1994, she won a National Award for her costume design in Rudaali. Later, she distinguished herself in movies such as Rok Sako To Rok Lo and Shaheed which made her one of the most sought designers of Bollywood.

Her elder sister is actress Dimple Kapadia. She was the aunt of Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna.

Filmography – costume designer[edit]

YearTitle
1987Insaaf
1989Shehzaade
1990Drishti
1990Lekin...
1991Ajooba
1993Darr
1993Aaj Kie Aurat
1993Rudaali
1995Barsaat
1996Ghatak: Lethal
1996Jaan
1996Uff Yeh Mohabbat
1996Ajay
1998Chachi 420
1998Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
1999Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan
2001Pyaar Zindagi Hai
2001Kasam
200223rd March 1931: Shaheed
2004Rok Sako to Rok Lo
2005Socha Na Tha
2006Naksha
2006Gafla

Filmography – actress[edit]

YearTitle
1977Anurodh
1978Chakravyuha
1979Ahsaas
1979Kizakkum Merkum Sandhikarana (Tamil)
1980Man Pasand
1980Lootmaar
1981Shakka
1981Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai
1981Parakh
1982Dulha Bikta Hai
1982Jeevan Dhaara
1982Tumhare Bina
1984Hum Rahe Na Hum
1985Rehguzar
1986Pyaar Ke Do Pal

Awards[edit]

1994- Rudaali- National Award for Best Costume Design

Death[edit]

Simple Kapadia was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Despite this, she was still designing costumes for movies and going through the pain barrier to get her work done. She died in a hospital in Andheri, Mumbai on 10 November 2009.[1]

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