Simi Garewal (born 17 October 1947) is an Indian actress and a talk show hostess. She is the recipient of two Filmfare awards. She is known for her work in the films Do Badan, Saathi, Mera Naam Joker, Siddhartha,Karz and Udeekaan (Punjabi film). She is also known for her celebrity talk show, Rendezvous with Simi Garewal.
Garewal in Jan 2012
17 October 1947
|Occupation||Film actor, Producer, director, Chat show Hostess|
|Years active||1962 – present|
Simi Garewal was born in Mukatsar, Punjab, India, in a Jat Sikh family. Her father, Brigadier J. S. Garewal served in the Indian Army. Simi is a cousin of Pamela Chopra, wife of film-maker Yash Chopra. Simi's mother Darshi and Pamela's father Mohinder Singh were siblings. Simi grew up in England and studied at Newland House School with her sister Amrita.
Film and television careerEdit
After spending much of her childhood in England, Garewal returned to India while a teenager. Her facility with the English language induced the makers of the English-language film Tarzan Goes to India to offer her a role. A 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, she 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 nude scene in this film which caused some controversy in India and was only released for exhibition after complying with cuts ordered by the Indian Censor board. . 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 she 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. She wrote and directed a Hindi feature film Rukhsat and produced television commercials, for which she won the first prize from the 1988 Pater's 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 aroused controversy by publicly calling for the Indian government to "carpet-bomb" the training camps in Pakistan.
She returned to television with her new talk show India's Most Desirable on Star Plus which would interview only eligible singles, 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: www.simigarewal.com. The site has her voice reading the text. She also has her own channel on YouTube where all her shows and documentaries are uploaded. The channel has received over 40 million views.
Teen Devian had a Kashmir sequence, where Dev Anand and Simi attend a mushaira. But the mushaira setting on houseboat was recreated at Bombay's Mehboob Studio. "When we were shooting the scene, I was dating Mansur Ali Khan. At that time, he was India's cricket captain. He came on the set to see me. When the crowd saw him, they just leapt up to meet him. And this was just in the middle of a shot," she revealed in an 2012 email interview in Avijit Ghosh's book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood classics You May Have Missed (Pages 35-37).
As an actressEdit
|1962||Raaz Ki Baat||Kamal|
|1962||Son of India||Lalita|
|1962||Tarzan Goes to India||Princess Kamara|
|1965||Teen Devian||Simi/Radha Rani|
|1965||Johar-Mehmood in Goa||Simmi|
|1966||Do Badan||Dr. Anjali||Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|1968||Saathi||Rajini||Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|1968||Ek Raat||Rekha B Sharma|
|1970||Mera Naam Joker||Mary|
|1970||Aranyer Din Ratri||Duli||Bengali film|
|1971||Do Boond Pani||Gauri|
|1973||Padatik||Woman who shelters activist||Bengali film|
|1974||Haath Ki Safai||Roma S Kumar|
|1976||Naach Uthe Sansaar||Somu|
|1976||Kabhi Kabhie||Shobha Kapoor|
|1977||Abhi To Jee Lein||Miss Mahajan|
|1980||The Burning Train||School Teacher|
|1980||Karz||Kamini Verma||Nominated - Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|1980||Insaf Ka Tarazu||Lawyer|
|1981||Biwi O Biwi||Nisha|
|1982||Teri Meri Kahani||Meena Shastry/Seema|
|1986||Love and God||Ghazala|
|1988||Rukhsat||Radha Talwar||Also Director|
|1985||Living Legend Raj Kapoor||Writer/director||Documentary on Raj Kapoor for Channel Four Television, UK|
|1991||India's Rajiv||Writer/director||Three-part documentary series on Rajiv Gandhi|
|1997||Rendezvous with Simi Garewal||Host||5 seasons (140 episodes)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 1966–Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award – Do Badan
- 1968–Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award – Saathi
- 1980–Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Karz
- 1999–Screen Awards for Best Talk Show & Best Anchor
- 2001–RAPA Award for Best Anchor & Talk show
- 2003–Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor
- 2003–Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence in Media & Television
- 2004–Indian Filmgoers Association Award Best Talk Show
- Pamela and Simi
- Rendezvous with Simi Garewal – The Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (1 February 2004). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
-  Archived 30 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- 'I Don't Know One Editor In India Who Is Well-Read'. www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Movies: Siddhartha, a lost tale. rediff.com (21 September 2002). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Siddhartha (1972). PopMatters. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Gloriously grey Archived 17 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Screenindia.com (17 October 2008). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Simi Garewal's Rendezvous 100 Party. Sify.com (14 June 2004). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- "Lady in white".
- Screen > The Business of Entertainment[permanent dead link]. Screenindia.com (4 January 2008). Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- http://ibnlive.in.com/news/simi-brings-indias-most-desirable-on-tv/158329-44.html Simi brings India's Most Desirable
- Simi Garewal: the icon of style. Rediff.com. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- Kesavan, Mukul. "The Mumbai tragedy and the English language news media", The Telegraph, 4 December 2008.