Parveen began her career as a model in 1972 post which she was roped in for many films like Charitra, Majboor, Suhaag, Namak Halaal, Jaani Dost, and Yeh Nazdeekiyan. She was glamorous, elegant, and always looked like a million bucks no matter what she wore.
Parveen was undoubtedly one of the most triumphant Hindi film actresses parallel to her contemporaries like Hema Malini, Rekha, and Zeenat Aman. Parveen bowled everyone over when she appeared on the cover of TIME since no other Bollywood diva had ever been featured on the front page of a magazine before. She evaded all conventional stereotypes and was way ahead of her time.
While her career had reached its zenith, her personal life was in complete disarray. Parveen’s sudden disappearance from the industry left people feeling baffled. Rumours were rife about her courtship with fellow actors Kabir Bedi and Danny Dengzongpa, and also director Mahesh Bhatt.
Parveen Babi and Mahesh Bhatt shared a very close relationship. In 1979, Mahesh Bhatt found her in one corner of the house equipped with a kitchen knife, screaming, “They’re trying to kill me”. That was the first sign of Parveen’s illness.