Neetu Singh, born July 8, 1958, is an Indian actress who appeared in Hindi films from 1966-2013. Her career started as a child actress with the film Suraj when she was spotted by actress Vyjanthimala in her dance school who then recommended Singh to T. Prakash Rao. From this film, she went on to star as the child actress in several films such as Dus Lakh, WAris, Pavitra Paapi, etc. In 1973, director R. M. Veerappan decided to remake his Tamil movie Rickshawkaran into Hindi as Rikshawala. This film paved the way for Neetu Singh’s debut at the age of 20 as the lead heroine. However the remake was a flop. She then went on to take a small role as a dancer in Yaadon Ki Baarat, which unsuspectingly went on to become a hit. Additionally, Neetu Singh’s dance to the song “Lekar Hum” brought her so much attention that she was immediately offered lead roles again. From then on, Neetu was primarily given the roles as the fun-loving daughter, or the “optimistic/lively” girlfriend of the lead actor. Her fame kept growing over the years and she went on to act with the top stars of her day. She was paired with her future brother-in-law Randhir Kapoor in several hit films such as Heeralal Pannalal, Bhala Manus, Kasme Vaade, Dhongee, etc. She was also paired alongside actors such as her future uncle-in-law Shashi Kapoor, as well as Rajesh Khanna. After being cast alongside Rishi Kapoor in several films, the two married in January 1980 when Neetu was 21. She was then at the top of her career, having just been nominated for a Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress for Kaala Patthar, however she then retired. After a 26 year long retirement, she made a comeback to films alongside her husband in films like Love Aaj Kal, Do Dooni Chaar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, as well as Besharam. Singh and Kapoor were then awarded “Best Lifetime Jodi” at the 2011 Zee Cine Awards ceremony.
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