Dimple Kapadia Was Nargis and Raj Kapoor’s Daughter? The Truth Behind the Rumours – Blast from the Past

Dimple Kapadia Was Nargis and Raj Kapoor’s Daughter? The Truth Behind the Rumours – Blast from the Past

After the 1975 release Bobby became a blockbuster hit, rumours did the rounds that Dimple Kapadia may have been Raj Kapoor and Nargis’ daughter
Dimple Kapadia Was Nargis and Raj Kapoor’s Daughter? The Truth Behind the Rumours – Blast from the Past
Dimple Kapadia' Raj Kapoor and Nargis

After Raj Kapoor’s teenage love story Bobby became a blockbuster in 1973, and Dimple Kapadia  became a nationwide rage, a sordid rumour was started regarding Dimple’s parentage. It was whispered that Dimple was actually the  love-child of  Raj Kapoor and Nargis. For those who came in late, very late, Raj Kapoor was  in a much-publicised relationship with Nargis for nearly 8 years. They moved apart only after  RK made it explicitly clear that he  couldn’t marry Nargis. She soon fell in love with Sunil Dutt and they remained blissfully wedded until Nargis’ untimely death due to cancer.

Raj Kapoor and Nargis in 'Chori Chori'

The  rumours of  Dimple being  the Awaara couple’s love -child gathered  momentum because  of their faint  facial resemblance. Also, because the mighty showman Raj Kapoor  presented  Dimple in Bobby  in shades of Nargis’s personality. The sequence where  Rishi Kapoor  meets  Dimple for the first time in Bobby  was  exactly the way Raj Kapoor met Nargis in real life. Dimple had once  jokingly addressed  this issue in  a casual conversation with me . “That was  the craziest rumour I’ve heard  about myself. Can you imagine me being Sanjay Dutt’s stepsister?”

Raj Kumar and Nargis

According to  actor-anchor Anu Kapoor, Nargis had also reacted  to the rumour. According to  Kapoor, Nargis had commented, “How, when, why these rumours started, I haven’t the faintest idea. All I can say is, whoever started them is a rotter with a very dirty mind. Just because Raj Kapoor’s conception of Dimple as ‘Bobby’ resembled what I played in ‘Awara’ and because of few similarities here and there. It’s not enough to jump to stupid conclusions. God forbid, but if such had been the case, I would never have disowned a daughter of mine. Dimple has been a very wise girl to treat the whole thing as a big joke. As for me and my family, my husband has ignored the whole thing, my daughters laughed it off. Only my son Sanjay was upset, but he’ll grow out of it. I don’t want to give it any more importance by speaking about it. I don’t want to feed such malicious gossip. I want it to die a natural death.”

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