Simi Garewal

Simi Garewal was born in Delhi. Her father, J S Garewal served in the army rising to the rank of brigadier. Simi grew up in England and studied at Newland House School with her sister Amrita. After spending much of her childhood in England, Garewal returned to India while a teenager. Her felicity with the English language induced the makers of the English-language film Tarzan Goes to India to offer her a role. A gangly 15-year-old, Garewal made her debut alongside Feroz Khan in this film in 1962. Her performance was good enough for her to fetch many more film offers. During the 1960s and ’70s, Simi Garewal was in several notable Indian films, working with leading directors such as Mehboob Khan’s Son of India,Raj Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker (1970), Satyajit Ray in Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest), Mrinal Sen in Padatik (The Guerilla Fighter) and Raj Khosla in Do Badan. She starred opposite Shashi Kapoor in Columbia Pictures’ Siddhartha, an English-language movie based on the novel by Hermann Hesse. Garewal did a semi-nude scene in this film which caused some controversy in India. Later, in the mid-1970s, she made an appearance in the popular film Kabhi Kabhie (1976), made by her brother-in-law Yash Chopra, and had a starring role in Chalte Chalte (1976). Another notable role Simi Garewal played was as a vamp in Karz (1980). She starred in the BBC docu-drama Maharajas (1987), based on the book by Charles Allen. In the early 1980s, her attention turned to writing and direction. She formed her own production company, Siga Arts International. She hosted, produced and directed a TV series for Doordarshan called It’s a Woman’s World (1983). She also made a documentary for Channel 4 in the UK called Living Legend Raj Kapoor (1984). This was followed by a three-part documentary on Rajiv Gandhi titled India’s Rajiv. Simi Garewal wrote and directed a Hindi feature film Rukhsat and produced television commercials, for which she won the first prize from the 1988 Paters Award in Australia. Garewal anchored the talk show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal. She usually wears her signature white clothes on TV shows and at award ceremonies, and is popularly known as “The Lady in White”.Garewal recently appeared on Say Shava Shava 2008 as a host and judge. After the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, Simi Garewal caused a storm of criticism in India and abroad by publicly calling for the Indian government to “carpet-bomb” the terrorist camps of its neighbour, Pakistan. She returned to television with her new talk show India’s Most Desirable on Star Plus which would interview Bollywood actors, business and media icons, and Indian cricketers about their “ideal and desirable beaus”. Simi Garewal has her own website which she uses to interact with her fans: The site has her voice reading the text.

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