Raj Babbar is a veteran actor in Hindi and Punjabi. He is also a well known Indian politician and has been associated with the Indian National Congress since 2008.
Raj Babbar was born on Monday June 23, 1952 (68 years old; from 2020) in Tundla, Uttar Pradesh. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. He did his initial education at Mufid E Aam Inter College, Agra, and then enrolled in Faiz-E-Aam Inter College, Agra. Later, he graduated from Agra College, Uttar Pradesh. He graduated from the National Drama School, Delhi in 1975, and trained at the School of Acting Method, National Drama School, Delhi.
Height: 5 ′ 7 ″
Eye color: Black
Hair color: Black
Family and caste
He was born in a Sonar community which is an other backward caste (OBC) in Uttar Pradesh.
Fathers and brothers
His late father’s name is Kushal Kumar Babbar, and his mother’s name is Shobarani Babbar. He is the oldest of his six siblings. He has two brothers, Kishan Babbar and Late Vinod Babbar, and his four sisters, Shashi Verma, Kiran Chandok, Suman Malhotra, and Anju Sahdev.
Relationships, wife and children
While Raj Babbar was studying at the National School of Drama (NSD) in Delhi, he met Nadira Zaheer, daughter of the renowned theater character Sajjad Zaheer. At the time, she was working as a director and writer on various plays. The two met while working on one of the plays written by Nadira. Soon, they became friends and fell in love with each other. Raj proposed to Nadira, who was four years older than him, and the couple married on November 21, 1975 (Friday). The couple was blessed with a daughter, Juhi Babbar, on July 20, 1979 (Friday). The couple welcomed their second child, Arya Babbar, on May 24, 1981 (Sunday).
When his second son was born, Raj was a well-established actor in Bollywood. While filming for the Hindi movie ‘Bheegi Raate’ in 1982, he met Indian actress Smita Patil. During an interview, Raj spoke about his first meeting with the late Smita Patil, saying:
I first met her in Rourkela in Orissa, where we had gone to shoot the film Bheegi Palken by Satish Misra. Our first meeting ended in a kind of clash, a sweet clash that laid the foundation for a later relationship. I was impressed from the first moment. “
Soon, he became close friends with her and fell madly in love with her. When his wife Nadira confronted him and found out that he was in a relationship with Smita, Nadira and their children began living apart. Later, Raj moved in with Smita and, without divorcing his first wife, married Smita Patil. On November 28, 1986 (Friday), Raj and Smita were blessed with their first child, Prateik Babbar. But her happiness did not last long and, at age 31, Smita Patil passed away on December 13, 1986 (Saturday) due to complications in childbirth.
Raj Babbar was traumatized by his death, but his first wife supported him in this phase and accepted him. Raj began living with his first wife and children, and Prateik stayed with his maternal grandmother. Previously, Prateik’s relationship with his father was not that good, but after the death of Prateik’s maternal grandmother, he grew closer to his father and stepmother. All three of Raj Babbar’s sons followed in his footsteps and made their acting careers. His daughter is married to the famous Indian television actor Anup Soni.
Like an actor
In 1977, he made his acting debut in the Hindi film ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’. He has appeared in various Hindi films such as ‘Sau Din Saas Ke’ (1982), ‘Insaaf Ka Tarazu’ (1980), ‘Kalyug’ (1981), ‘Nikaah’ (1981), ‘Sansar’ (1987) and ‘Bodyguard’ (2011).
In 1992, he acted in the Bengali film ‘Anutap’. He has appeared in some TV series such as ‘Bahadur Shah Zafar’ (1986) as Akbar, ‘Mahabharat’ (1988) as Bharata, ‘Maharaja Ranjit Singh’ (2010) as the narrator and ‘Pukaar- Call For The Hero’. (2014) as Amarjeet Shergill.
Some of his Punjabi films are ‘Aasra Pyar Da’ (1983), ‘Mahaul Theek Hai’ (1999), ‘Shaheed Uddham Singh’ (2000), ‘Yaaran Naal Baharan’ (2005), ‘Ek Jind Ek Jaan’ ( 2006). ), ‘Apni Boli Apna Des’ (2009) and ‘Tera Mera Ki Rishta’ (2009).
As a politician
Raj Babbar began his political career in 1989 and joined the Indian political party Janata Dal. Later, he joined the Samajwadi Party and was elected to the Parliament of India three times. From 1994 to 1999, he served as a member of the Rajya Sabha. In the Lok Sabha elections (1996), he faced the BJP leader, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, from the Lucknow constituency. In 2004, he was re-elected for his second term in the 14th Lok Sabha elections. He was suspended from the Samajwadi Party due to his outbursts against then-Samajwadi Party General Secretary Late Amar Singh in 2006. In 2008, he joined the National Congress of India, and in 2009, he defeated Dimple Yadav, wife of Akhilesh Yadav. and was elected for his fourth term as a Member of Parliament.
He contested from Ghaziabad in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and lost to General VK Singh. In 2016, he was appointed Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Congressional Committee (UPCC), and in 2018, he resigned from this position. He lost to Rajkumar Chahar of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a large margin in 2019.
- In 2013, it received a great review after passing a comment that at Rs. 12 a common can get a full meal. Subsequently, he expressed his regret for this comment.
- He created another controversy by comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler in 2013. He said:
Just like people were afraid of Hitler, they are afraid of Modi, but in the 2019 elections, they will freely express their opinion about him and bring him to the ground. ”
- In 2015, a criminal case was brought against him for throwing stones at police officers during a protest by his former political party, Samajwadi Party, near the Laxman Mela field in Lucknow. A few months later, Raj and some other political leaders surrendered before a special MPMLA court and Judge PK Rai ordered their release by paying the fine of Rs. 50,000 each.
- 20, Mahadev Road, New Delhi
- Nepathya, 20, Gulmohar Road, JVPD scheme, Mumbai
- 94, Ellora Enclave, Dayal Bagh, Agra-282005, Uttar Pradesh
Assets / Properties
- Deposits with banks, financial institutions and non-bank financial companies: Rs. 5,22,54,562
- Bonds, debentures and shares in companies: Rs. 11,29,691.25
- Personal Loans / Advances Granted: Rs. 2,45,65,461
- Motor Vehicles: Rs. 38.61,000
- Jewelry: Rs. 1,25,20,935
- Residential buildings: Rs. 10,52,20,260
Facts / Trivia
- After marrying Nadira in 1975, due to lack of finances, he moved to Nadira’s parents’ apartment in Delhi. At that time, he sold his scooter for Rs. 6000 and gave that money to Nadira’s mother. In an interview, Nadira said:
I followed him here. But he didn’t want to work. I worked hard, traveled far to direct and act in plays to survive. Also, I had a son… he didn’t have a 24 to 26 inch waist. Where were the married actresses getting good parts then?
- He has launched his own film production company Babbar Films Pvt. Ltd. together with his brother Kishan.
- Once his friend and fellow NSD graduate Arun Khanna suffered a stroke in Mumbai, at which point Raj Babbar paid his medical bills as Arun’s financial situation was not good.
- While filming for the Hindi movie ‘Insaaf Ka Taraazu’ in 1980, he was very nervous because he had to do a rape scene with the famous Indian actress Zeenat Aman. Later, Zeenat Aman set him up and helped him complete the scene.
- The role of the legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi film ‘Shakti’ (1982) was initially offered to Raj Babbar.