On Parveen Babi’s birth anniversary, remembering her soul-stirring quotes on love, men and heartbreaks. Monday Masala

They gave her the tagline of ‘Glamor Queen’, and ‘Retro Diva’, among several others. They still do. But Parveen Babi’s name of her continues to resonate with heartbreak and controversy. Today, we will remember Parveen Babi as the Boss Lady of her own time. This day, April 4, marks the late veteran actress’s 68th birth anniversary. All those who are familiar with her life de ella know that she has had her fair share of heartbreaks during her boom and fading out. But Parveen Babi was not the one to surrender to dismay. She treated heartbreak like a badge and shared her beautiful thoughts in throwback interviews. On Parveen Babi’s birth anniversary, here’s apprising you with a few of soul-stirring quotes.

“I COULD NEVER BECOME A MAN’S TAG”

Parveen Babi was at her career’s peak in the 70s and 80s when Kabir Bedi, who she was dating back then, found himself in the middle of an array of international offers. Speaking to Stardust during a 1977 interview, Parveen had said, “I have never resent Kabir’s success. But to be with him, I’d have to follow him around all over the world. As a woman I have my ego, my pride, I could never become a man’s tag!”

“I CAN’T BE EXPECTED TO BE TREATED LIKE A DOORMAT”

Parveen Babi was soaring in Bollywood while Kabir Bedi was huddled with Hollywood offers. Parveen knew it would become a problem for their relationship. So, instead of going all possessive about Kabir, Parveen chose distance as her solution from her. Parveen had shared, “Kabir is now exposed to all kinds of new experiences, in terms of glamor and women. I have seen it for myself that all those females are ready to throw themselves at him. And if Kabir gets attracted to anyone, I could hardly blame him. But I can’t be expected to take it all and sit back and be treated like a doormat.”

A throwback still of Kabir Bedi with Parveen Babi. (Image source: Parveen Babi fan page)

“I DID NOT WANT A BONDAGE FOR KABIR AND ME”

Kabir Bedi and Parveen Babi’s relationship will always be a part of Bollywood’s history. In fact, Kabir’s biopic titled Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor has an entire chapter on Parveen. The veteran actress, in the same Stardust interview, said that she never looked at marriage as a solution to her problems. She felt it should be the other way round. She had said, “I would never have gone into a marriage with Kabir just to keep him by my side. I wanted a normal, secure relationship and not a bondage for Kabir and me. If we were to marry, it would be because it was the natural thing to do and not because it was the solution.”

“HAVEN’T LET THE PARTING SHATTER ME TO PIECES”

Kabir Bedi and Parveen Babi had briefly dated for two years before parting ways. But Parveen felt that she never let her relationship shatter her. Wondering how and why? She had said, “I haven’t let the parting shatter me to pieces because I know there is nobody to pick me up.” Further adding, “I have spent two beautiful years with him and every moment of those years have been worth it.”

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