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Babita, Neetu end cold war, thanks to Kareena

Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 10, 2012
First Published: 13:21 IST(10/10/2012) | Last Updated: 13:24 IST(10/10/2012)

Late Raj Kapoor’s daughters-in-law, Neetu Kapoor and Babita, have nursed a mutual animosity for almost three decades now. While no one seems to know what triggered the fight, it’s believed to be an internal Kapoor family feud.

Now, with daughter Kareena’s wedding to Saif Ali Khan coming up on October 16, Babita seems to have finally extended the proverbial olive branch by personally inviting Neetu to the wedding.

A source close to the Kapoors tells us, “Kareena’s wedding served as the occasion for Babita to fix relationships. That included a friendly gesture towards estranged sister-in-law.”

“Babita personally went to meet Neetu in Krishna Raj (Neetu and Rishi Kapoor’s residence) with the wedding invite. Those who’ve known about the feud will realise what a big deal that is. It seems they have finally made peace,” reveals the source.

When we contacted Neetu, she confirmed that she will be present at the wedding, saying, “Kareena’s wedding to Saif is a very happy occasion for the entire family. We’re all excited about it and are definitely looking forward to it. It’s a happy moment and we will all be there for it.”

Babita and Neetu have worked together professionally only once in the film Dus Lakh (1966). Even at family occasions where they have previously met, the Kapoor wives apparently have avoided each other.

When Neetu lost her mother, Rajee Singh, in 2010, the entire Kapoor household was present for the last rites, apart from Babita and her daughters, Karisma and Kareena.

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Past weddings the Kapoor wives missed
2003: When Babita and Randhir Kapoor’s elder daughter Karisma Kapoor married industrialist Sanjay Kapur, Neetu was absent from all the functions and the main event. Rishi Kapoor attended the wedding alone.

2007: When Neetu and Rishi Kapoor’s daughter Riddhima tied the knot with businessman Bharat Sahni, Babita and her daughters, Karisma and Kareena, again stayed away from the functions. This time, Randhir Kapoor went alone for the wedding.

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