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Simi Garewal (born 17 October 1947) is an Indian actress and a talk show hostess. She is known for her work in the films Do Badan, Saathi, Mera Naam Joker, Siddhartha and Karz. She is also known for her celebrity talk show, Rendezvous with Simi Garewal.Simi Garewal was born in Muktsar, Punjab, India, in a Jat Sikh family.Her father, J. S. Garewal served in the Indian Army rising to the rank of brigadier. 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.After spending much of her childhood in England, Garewal returned to India while a teenager. Her felicity with the English language induced the makers of the English-language film Tarzan Goes to India to offer her a role. A gangly 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 had her first serious relationship at the age of 17, with then Maharaja of Jamnagar, who was also her neighbor in England. In the early 1980s, Garewal dated Salman Taseer, a Pakistani businessman.Garewal was married to Ravi Mohan of Chunnamal family from old Delhi but her marriage was short and she is now divorced.

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