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Bollywood star Parveen Babi dies
Parveen Babi (Undated publicity shot)
Parveen Babi was a glamourous style icon of the 1970s
Bollywood actress Parveen Babi has been found dead at her home in Mumbai (Bombay).

Police discovered her body after breaking into her apartment, where she lived alone. She appeared to have died of natural causes.

Babi starred in more than 50 Hindi films including 1975's Deewaar.

On film she came to represent the bohemian Indian woman, unafraid to smoke or drink on camera at a time when these were considered taboo.

Unconventional looks

Babi was cast in her first movie, Charitira, in 1973 while still a student at Ahmedabad University.

While not a big box office hit, it drew attention to Babi's unconventional Western looks and she won dozens of subsequent roles.

Babi became best known for her performances alongside Bollywood's biggest star Amitabh Bachchan in films such as Deewaar, Majboor and Amar Akbar Anthony.

In 1977 she was featured on the cover of US magazine Time as the face of the modern Indian woman, and reached the height of her fame in the early 1980s.

As her film career waned Babi made few public appearances and lived in virtual seclusion.

Police broke into her home on Saturday after her neighbours claimed that her apartment door had not been opened for two days.


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