Who is Yogeeta Bali?
Yogeeta Bali is a former Hindi film actress. She is the wife of famous Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty. Previously she was also married to legendary actor and singer Kishore Kumar. Yogeeta was born in Mumbai, India. Her parents were Jaswant and Haridarshan Kaur. She made her film debut at the age of eighteen in the Hindi psychological thriller film ‘Parwana’, which starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. She next starred in films such as ‘Memsaab’, ‘Sazaa’ and ‘Banarasi Babu’. Between 1971 and 1989, for nearly two decades, she appeared in numerous other films. The last film in her career was ‘Aakhri Badla’, in which she starred alongside her husband Mithun Chakraborty.
Yogeeta Bali began her career in 1971, in the psychological thriller film ‘Parwana’. She next starred in the drama film ‘Ganga Tera Paani Amrit’. She was seen in the three other films the same year, which were ‘Memsaab’, ‘Mere Apne’ and ‘Parde Ke Peechey’.
In 1972, she was seen in the action film ‘Zameen Aasmaan’, which was directed by A Veerappan. She next appeared in the films ‘Sazaa’ and ‘Buniyaad’. In 1973, she starred alongside Dev Anand in the film ‘Banarasi Babu’. Though she appeared in several other films the same year, most of her films bombed at the box office and she also played roles that were rejected by mainstream actresses.
Her career however reached a turning point after she appeared in ‘Yauwan’ in 1973. She played a woman with psychological problems, who falls madly in love with her psychiatrist. Her popularity increased after her performance and the next year, she appeared in a total of ten movies, which include ‘Ajanabee’, ‘Kisan Aur Bhagwan’ and ‘Charitraheen’.
In 1975, she appeared in only one film ‘Zindagi Aur Toofan’, which was directed by Umesh Mathur. In 1976, she appeared in the film ‘Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun’. The film was about Kartar, a Hindu boy in the Mughal era, who converts to Sikhism, and takes up arms against the oppressive Mughal regime. She was also seen in the fantasy horror thriller ‘Nagin’, which was directed by Rajkumar Kohli. The film was inspired by a French film named ‘The Bride Wore Black’, which itself was based on Cornell Woolrich’s novel of the same name. She had appeared in three other films the same year, which were ‘Mehbooba’, ‘Khaan Dost’, and ‘Lagaam’.
Her next significant movie was the 1978 action drama film ‘Karmayogi’. In 1979, she was seen in the film ‘Jaani Dushman’. Directed by Rajkumar Kohli, the film starred Sanjeev Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Jeetendra and Vinod Mehra. Some of her works in the 1980s are ‘Be-shaque’, (1981), ‘Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan’, (1983), ‘Raaj Tilak’, (1984), and ‘Mera Karam Mera Dharam’ (1987).
In 1989, she appeared in only one film ‘Aakhri Badla’, which was directed by Mangal Chakraborty. It starred other actors such as Mithun Chakraborty, Prem Chopra and Tom Alter. It was the last movie of her career.
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Family & Personal Life
Yogeeta Bali was born in Mumbai, India, on 13th August, 1952. Her parents were Jaswant and Haridarshan Kaur. She married Kishore Kumar, in 1976, but they got divorced after two years. In 1979, she married Mithun Chakraborty. They have three sons and one adopted daughter.