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Hometown: Ludhiana, Punjab
Marital Status: Divorced
Age: 75 Years

Simi Garewal

Bio/Wiki
Real nameSimrita Garewal
Profession(s)Actor, film director & producer, TV host
Known ForHosting TV talk show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal (1997)
Rendezvous with Simi Garewal
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBrown
Career
DebutFilm (Hindi; As an actor): Raaz Ki Baat (1962) as Kamal
Raaz Ki Baat
Film (Bengali; As an actor): Aranyer Din Ratri (1970) as Duli
A still of Simi Garewal as Duli from the film Aranyer Din Ratri (1970)
Film (Hindi; As a driector): Rukhsat (1988)
Rukhsat (1988)
Awards1966: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Hindi film Do Badan
Simi Garewal receiving an award
1968: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Hindi film Saathi
1988: Pater’s Award in Australia for directing TV commercials
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
2018: UKAFF Award for Contribution to Film and Television
Simi Garewal receiving UKAFF award
2018: Dada Saheb Phalke Excellence Award
Simi Garewal with her Dadasahaeb Phalke Excellence Award
2022: Hall of Fame Award by Hindustan Times Most Stylish
Simi Garewal receiving Hall of Fame Award by Hindustan Times Most Stylish 2022
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 October 1947 (Friday)
Age (as of 2022) 75 Years
BirthplaceLudhiana, Punjab, India
Zodiac signLibra
AutographSimi Garewal's autograph
NationalityIndian
HometownLudhiana, Punjab, India
SchoolNewland High School, London, UK
ReligionSikhism [1]The Times of India
CasteJatt [2]The Times of India
Food HabitVegetarian (turned)
Simi Garewal's tweet about her food habit
AddressPavlova, 6th Floor Little Gibbs Road, Malabar Hill, Mumbai
ControversiesReceived Criticism for Her Nude Scenes
In the 1970s, she appeared in Hindi films like ‘Siddhartha’ and ‘Mera Naam Joker’ in which he did a few semi-nude and erotic scenes. In that era, such scenes in Bollywood were a taboo, and she was criticised for doing such scenes. A few scenes of her in the films were even cut by the censor board in India. Later, her topless photo from one of her films was published in a leading magazine without her permission for which she sued the publishing house. [3]Masala!
Tiff with Rani Mukerji
In 2011, while Simi was interviewing Rani Mukerji on the TV show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal,’ Rani got very upset with Simi for asking her questions related to her relationship with the Indian producer Aditya Chopra. After the incident, the duo did not get along well for a very long time. [4]The Times of India
Relationships & More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/Boyfriends• Shatrushalyasinhji Digvijaysinhji (Maharaja of Jamnagar) (1964-1967) [5]Simi Garewal’s Official Website
Simi Garewal with her ex-boyfriend Shatrushalyasinhji Digvijaysinhji (Maharaja of Jamnagar)
• Ravi Mohan
Simi Garewal with Ravi Mohan
Ratan Tata (rumoured; businessman) [6]Bollywood Shaadis
Simi Garewal and Ratan Tata during one of the episodes of Rendezvous with Simi Garewal
• Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (cricketer) [7]Koimoi
Simi Garewal with Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
Raj Kapoor (rumoured; actor & film producer) [8]Masala!
Simi Garewal with Raj Kapoor
• Salman Taseer (rumoured; Pakistani businessman) [9]Masala!
Rishi Kapoor (rumoured; actor) [10]Masala!
Family
Husband/SpouseRavi Mohan (ex-husband)
Simi Garewal's wedding picture
ChildrenNone
ParentsFather- Jalawar Singh Garewal (brigadier and 19th officer to be commissioned in the Indian Army)
Simi Garewal's father
Mother- Amrita Garewal
A picture of Simi Garewal's mother
SiblingsBrother- None
Sister- Amrita Garewal
Simi Garewal and her sister
Other Relative(s)Paternal Grandfather- Captain Kehar Singh Garewal (served as ADC to Queen Victoria)
Simi Garewal's paternal grandfather, Captain Kehar Singh Garewal
Maternal Uncle(s)- 2
• Premindra Singh Bhagat (general in the Indian Army and the first Indian recipient of the Victoria Cross II World War)
Simi Garewal's maternal uncle Premindra Singh Bhagat
• Bhupindar Singh (colonel in the Indian Army)
Simi Garewal's maternal uncle Bhupindar Singh
Cousin- Gaganjit Singh (major general in the Indian Army)
Simi Garewal's first cousin, Gaganjit Singh
Maternal Cousin- Pamela Chopra (wife of the Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra)
Simi Garewal with Pamela Chopra (right), and Hema Malini (centre)
Favourites
Actor(s)Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan
Actress(es)Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai
TV ShowSuits (2011)
Singer(s)Kishore Kumar, A.R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal, Michael Jackson
Music Band(s)The Beatles, Metallica
ChefVicky Ratnani
Cuisine(s)Thai, Italian, French
WineBlue Nun
ColourWhite
Fashion Brand(s)Shahab, Armani, Anamika, Nike, Reebok
Holiday DestinationLas Vegas

Simi Garewal

Some Lesser Known Facts About Simi Garewal

  • Simi Garewal is an Indian film actor, TV host, film director & producer. She has hosted English talk shows like ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’ (1997) and ‘Simi Selects India’s Most Desirable’ (2011).
  • A few months after her birth, her family shifted from India to the UK.
  • When she was 5 years old, she watched the Hindi film ‘Awaara.’ She then started developing an interest in acting. In her teens, she shared her desire to work as an actor with her parents, but her parents were against it. She then went on a hunger strike after which her parents agreed to it.

    Simi Garewal with her parents

    Simi Garewal with her parents

  • Later, she started giving auditions at Twickenham Studios in England, but she was rejected for her Indian looks. Simi, along with her mother and sister, moved to India from England to try her luck in Bollywood. Initially, she was rejected from Hindi films for her western looks. [11]Simi Garewal’s Official Website [12]Masala!
  • She then did an acting course at Filmalaya Acting School in Mumbai, Maharashtra. [13]The Times of India
  • In 1962, Simi appeared in Hindi films such as ‘Son of India’ and ‘Tarzan Goes to India.’

    Simi Garewal while shooting for Tarzan Goes to India

    Simi Garewal while shooting for Tarzan Goes to India

  • Some of her other Hindi films are ‘Do Badan’ (1966), ‘Saathi’ (1968), ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970), ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (1976), and ‘Karz’ (1980).

    Mera Naam Joker

    Mera Naam Joker

  • Despite doing a lot of bold films in the 1970s, she wasn’t able to get the tag of being a ‘sex symbol’ in Bollywood, largely due to her offbeat films.
  • In 1973, she appeared in the Bengali film ‘Padatik.’

    A still of Simi Garewal from the film Padatik

    A still of Simi Garewal from the film Padatik

  • She started her film production company Siga Arts International in 1983. In the same year, she worked as a producer, director, and host in the Doordarshan TV series ‘It’s a Woman’s World.’

    Simi Garewal in It's a Woman's World (1983)

    Simi Garewal in It’s a Woman’s World (1983)

  • Simi appeared in the 1987 documentary ‘Living Legend Raj Kapoor,’ based on the book by Charles Allen. She also worked as a writer for the documentary.
  • In 1991, she directed and wrote three-part documentary series titled ‘India’s Rajiv’ (1991). The series was based on the Indian politician Rajiv Gandhi.

    Simi Garewal with Rajiv Gandhi

    Simi Garewal with Rajiv Gandhi

  • Under her film production banner, she has also directed a few TV commercials.
  • She worked in five seasons (140 episodes) of the popular English talk show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal,’ which aired on Star World India.

    Rendezvous with Simi Garewal

    Rendezvous with Simi Garewal

  • Though she married her long-time boyfriend Ravi Mohan, a businessman from the aristocratic family of Chunnamals of Delhi, it only lasted for 18 months, mainly because of a long-distance marriage. The couple initially started living apart but got divorced after a decade.
  • In 2013, Simi Garewal shared that she did not have a child of her own, so she once decided to adopt a girl child. However, when she was about to complete the legal proceedings of adopting a girl child, the legal parents of the girl showed up. In an interview, while talking about it, she said,

    I nearly adopted a girl once. I went to an orphanage and found this girl called Vijaya, who was abandoned at the railway station by her parents. According to the rules, they had to publish her photograph in the newspaper. And within three months, if no one claimed the child, I could bring her home. Till about two months, there was no news of her biological parents. But just when I was about to get her custody, the parents showed up. It was heartbreaking.”

  • She said that at that time the Indian actor Dev Anand’s words “I never carry my sorrows with me. I just put them in my pocket and move on” helped her.
  • She has a Mercedes-Benz E200 car.
  • Simi is a dog lover and owns a pet dog named Chutki Garewal.

    Simi Garewal's Instagram post about her dog

    Simi Garewal’s Instagram post about her dog

  • During her leisure time, she loves to bake cakes, and play snooker & video games.

    Simi Garewal playing snooker

    Simi Garewal playing snooker

  • Simi wears white clothes as she loves the colour and feels positive wearing them.
  • She started her self-titled YouTube channel in 2012. She uploads interview videos on her channel and has around 510k subscribers on her channel as of January 2023.

    Simi Garewal's YouTube channel

    Simi Garewal’s YouTube channel

  • In 2023, Simi appeared as a guest host on the reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss.’

    Simi Garewal in Bigg Boss

    Simi Garewal in Bigg Boss

  • In an interview, she shared that the Indian actor Raj Kapoor was her mentor.
  • She once shared that she got botox done below her eyebrows. [14]The Times of India In an interview, while talking about it, she said,

    Tell me, what is the big deal about Botox? Girls half my age use it. Botox is only used here (places two fingers above her eyebrows) and nowhere else, it only stops you from getting ugly frown lines.”

  • She occasionally drinks wine at parties and events. [15]Business Standard
  • Simi Garewal has been featured on the cover of a few magazines like Filmfare and Star & Style magazine.

    Simi Garewal featured on Star & Style magazine

    Simi Garewal featured in Star & Style magazine