Danny Denzongpa opens up on his relationship with Parveen Babi and much more
The gorgeous actress Parveen Babi, who stole our hearts with superb performances in Namak Halaal and Kaalia, was one of the most talked about celebs in the industry. The late actress is still remembered by several stars and, in an interview Danny Denzongpa had a nostalgic ride where he opened up on his love affair with Parveen Babi.
The relationship between the duo, which was widespread during the 70s, lasted a few years before Parveen broke it off suddenly. While speaking to Filmfare Danny said, "We were two young kids and we lived together for four years. That was big news those days. We had a wonderful time, but later we grew apart and parted on a good note. We remained friends."
Parveen later on dated Kabir Bedi for some time and then Mahesh Bhatt. She lived in the same Juhu colony as Danny. The actor revealed that she would invite him over for dinner quite a lot of times but he had a new girlfriend in his life then. He recalls, "I would pick up Kim from the sets after pack up and reach home only to find Parveen in my bedroom watching a movie on the VCR. I asked Parveen not to do it. But she’d say, ‘We don’t have anything between us, we are friends’," the actor added.
It was then that Danny spoke to Mahesh to make Parveen see some sense adding that if your ex keeps walking into the house anytime, it won't be acceptable to any girl.Danny further talked about the first time when he noticed something not normal about Babi. It was when he had gone for dinner at her place and began blowing a silver conch, she got frightened. That was when Mahesh told him that she's turning into a recluse and gets frightened easily.
Talking about why Parveen cut off all ties with him, he was quoted as saying, "One day she happened to read an interview where Amitji (Bachchan) had mentioned that I was a good friend of his. That was it. When I went to meet her the next time, she looked at me through the keyhole and refused to let me in calling me ‘his agent’ (Parveen was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had developed irrational fears vis-à-vis several celebrities including Bachchan). She was frightened of me too.”
On January 22, 2005, Parveen was found dead in her house after the society alerted the police that she had not collected her newspaper and milk for three days. Parveen, the post-mortem said, was dead for about 72 hours before her body was discovered.
Danny did attend her funeral. “For someone who had so many filmmakers queuing up for her, there were none that day. Just a handful of us, including Kabir, Mahesh, Johnny Bakshi, Ranjeet and producer Harish Shah (Kala Sona)."