- Vikram Chandiramani
Even today Neetu Singh gets offers from the likes of Karan Johar but she is simply not interested as, to quote her, “I worked too hard in my earlier period and am not interested in working in films anymore.”
She made her debut as Baby Sonia.
Baby Sonia was the rare child star to play a double role in 'Do Kaliyan'. She brought tears to the eyes of women audiences when she mouthed long entreaties to reunite her estranged parents. She did several films as a child star and then went into hibernation, to emerge as the sexy, grown-up Neetu Singh.
For her second innings as an adult, glossy, revealing pictures of Neetu were circulated among the film-makers. Raj Kapoor, who was later to become her father-in-law, was the first to fall for her ample cleavage displayed in her photographs and signed her for 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili' which he was planning with Rishi Kapoor. Unsure of himself after the failure of 'Mera Naam Joker', RK shelved this film and started 'Bobby', where he preferred Dimple Kapadia over Neetu. Neetu, in fact, made her adult debut opposite Randhir Kapoor in 'Rickshawala'. Though she paired with all the top stars including Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh, Shashi Kapoor and Jeetendra it was with Rishi Kapoor that Neetu made a hit romantic pair ('Rafoo Chakar' 'Khel Khel Mein', 'Doosra Aadmi', 'Amar Akbar Anthony' and 'Kabhi Kabhie').
Child actresses-turned-heroines usually do not have a fascination for fame, get weary and try to settle down. After an initial opposition from Raj Kapoor, who did not want an actress bahu, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor finally tied the knot. They have two children; daughter Riddhima and son Ranbir. Ranbir Kapoor is making his bollywood debut with Anil Kapoor's daughter, Sonam in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Saawariya'.