On the anniversary of Parveen Babi‘s death, a retrospective look at her iconic yet hardship-filled life and her complex relationship with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan unfolds.

One significant chapter in Babi’s life was her collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan in films like “Majboor,” “Deewaar,” “Amar Akbar Anthony,” and more. Despite persistent rumors of a romantic involvement between the co-stars, neither party confirmed the speculations. In the years leading to her tragic demise, Parveen made serious allegations against Amitabh Bachchan, accusing him of conspiracy and involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

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Amitabh Bachchan, reflecting on Babi’s death, shared insights with a journalist, stating that he doesn’t know what happened. He further said, “It wouldn’t be ethical to talk about her condition. The nature of her illness was such that she was terrified of people; she wanted to be left alone. She deliberately distanced herself from everyone. We felt that by associating ourselves with her, we were causing her more grief.” This revelation prompts contemplation on whether Bollywood failed Babi or if she consciously shaped her tragic fate.
On January 20, 2005, the actress was discovered deceased in her Juhu apartment; her body had decomposed after days of isolation. Parveen Babi’s demise was marked by solitude, with her body remaining unclaimed for 72 hours until her ex-lover, Mahesh Bhatt, performed the final rites. The circumstances of her death revealed multiple organ failures due to self-imposed starvation and complications related to diabetes-induced gangrene.
Renowned for her roles in ’70s classics like ‘Deewar’ and ‘Amar Akbar Anthony,’ Parveen Babi’s fame was accompanied by controversy, particularly in her romantic involvements with figures like Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa, and Mahesh Bhatt.

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