Raj Babbar is a well-known Indian actor and politician. He is an actor turned politician. Raj Babbar is a famous actor in Bollywood as well as the Panjabi film industry and he has played the lead actor’s role, supporting actor’s role, and lead antagonist role as well. He has acted in more than 150 films and 30 plays and received, ‘Yash Bharti’ honor from the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Raj Babbar was born in a Hindi family on 23 June 1952 in Tundla, Uttar Pradesh. His father’s name is Kushal Kumar Babbar and his mother’s name is Shobha Babbar. He has two brothers Kishan Babbar and Vinod Babbar and a sister Anju Babbar. Raj Babbar married Nadira Zaheer, a theatre artist and the couple has two children, Arya and Juhi Babbar. Nadira Zaheer is the daughter of Sajjad Zaheer, a well-known theatre artist. Raj Babbar later married actress Smita Patil who, however, passed away soon after giving birth to their son Prateik Babbar.
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Raj Babbar completed his schooling from Faiz-e-Aam Inter College in Agra and graduated from Agra College in Uttar Pradesh. He trained in method acting at the National School of Drama and graduated in Theatre.
After training in method acting, Raj Babbar moved to Mumbai. He made his cinematic debut with the comedy film titled “Kissa Kursi Ka” in the year 1977. He was cast opposite Shabana Azmi in this film.
Unfortunately for him, the movie was not passed by the censor board and all the blueprints of the film were also burnt because it showed politicians in the wrong way. Three years later, he worked in the film ‘Sau Din Saas Ke’ starring opposite acclaimed actress of that time, Reena Roy.
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Raj Babbar attained public recognition through a very well played role of a rich playboy-rapist in B.R. Chopra’s Insaaf Ka Tarazu, which starred the highly acclaimed female star Zeenat Aman and was the debut film of the 13-year-old Padmini Kolhapure. There was a major controversy over the propriety of showing the horrific rape of a 13-year old on screen, which was considered by most to be titillating and exploitative – and perhaps because of that, the movie was very successful commercially.
He became a consistent actor in B.R. Chopra’s films. He starred in Nikaah with Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha and in Aaj Ki Aawaz with Smita Patil with whom he had an intense affair and subsequently married, despite being married with two children at the time.
He worked with top banners and top stars of his era, and despite a few off-beat hits, never really achieved star-status. As he has aged, he has started doing more character roles, playing the villain with great elan and menace – a throwback to his start as the best-loved rapist of 1985 in Insaaf Ka Taraazu.[table id=2086 /]
Raj Babbar made his foray into politics in the year 1989 after joining the political front Janata Dal. From Janata Dal, he then joined Samajwadi Party and has been elected as an MP thrice from the year 1994 to 1999. He has also completed his term at Rajya Sabha and in the 2004 general elections; he was again elected as an MP. After some rift with the big boss of the Samajwadi Party, he joined the Indian National Congress and in the 2009 general elections, he defeated Samajwadi Party’s candidate and Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav and became MP for the fourth time. He though lost in the 2014 general elections.
In his illustrious political career, he was severely criticized for making anti-poor remarks that in India one can have a full one time at just 12Rs for which he has to ask for a public apology as well. While campaigning for the 2014 general elections, he compared BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler.
Facts About Raj Babbar
- Does Raj Babbar drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Does Raj Babbar smoke?: Not Known
- After giving hits-after-hits, he earned the title of Low-Budget-Amitabh.
- His film Agneekaal was based on the true stories of Gujarat.
- Raj Babbar was the first choice to play the role of Shashi Kapoor in the film Namak Halaal and The role that Amitabh Bachchan played in the Blockbuster film Shakti (1982), was initially offered to Raj Babbar.
- When he asked his parents for his second marriage with Smita Patil, they gave him the option to either opt for Smita or the house and he opted for Smita.
- In 1986, when Smita Patil died, Raj Babbar returned to his first wife, Nadira.
- According to sources, it was Amar Singh who created a gorge between Raj Babbar and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s rapport. Once, Raj Babbar called Amar Singh a pimp, publicly.
- During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Imran Masood, a member of Raj Babbar’s election campaign, delivered a provocative speech against Narendra Modi.
Congress Party sprung a major surprise by naming actor-politician Raj Babbar the chief of the Uttar Pradesh unit and said other anticipated announcements related to the state, including the role of Priyanka Gandhi in the election campaign, will come at the right time. Babbar’s was not the sole surprise package the Congress unveiled this evening. Party general secretaries Janardan Dwivedi (in charge of organization) and Ghulam Nabi Azad (in charge UP) named four senior vice-presidents for the state, including the controversial Imran Masood from UP west’s Saharanpur. Masood, a minority face, was arrested on the eve of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections for threatening to kill BJP’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Some of best movies of Raj Babbar are Insaaf Ka Taraju, Nikaah, Prem Geet, Umrao Jaan, Arpan, Aaj Ki Awaaz, Waaris.
Raj Babbar is a failed actor, not a crowd puller. I do not remember any role he had acted in films. Not a popular figure, he will ensure the failure of INC forever.
Rahul Gandhi, his party, the Congress, and his henchmen attribute all the ills of the universe to Modi. It is such a tragic moment. So many members of the security forces have lost their lives. Is this time to start a blame game and play politics? This the most unfortunate part of Congress politics for which the party is in such a state.