About Harkirtan Kaur (Geeta Bali) Mohyal
Bali was born in a Mohyal family in pre-partition Punjab as Harkirtan Kaur, a Sikh. Her family moved to Bombay and were living in near poverty when she started to get breaks in films.
Bali became a star in the 1950s. She had also worked earlier with her future brother-in-law Raj Kapoor in Bawre Nain and with her future father-in-law Prithviraj Kapoor in Anand Math. Unlike other actresses who gave up films after marrying into the Kapoor family, Bali kept acting until her death.
Her secretary was Surinder Kapoor, father of producer Boney Kapoor and actor Anil Kapoor.
Kapoor is the aunt of Yogeeta Bali. In 1955 she married Shammi Kapoor who was 1 year younger than her but not yet a star. She had two children with Kapoor, a son and a daughter.
She died on 21 January 1965 stricken by smallpox.
Her films include Bawre Nain with future brother-in-law Raj Kapoor, Baazi (1951 film) with Dev Anand, Ghayal with Sheikh Mukhtar, Baaz with Guru Dutt, Jaal, Albela with Bhagwan Dada. She received a Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress for Vachan (1955) and another nomination as Best Supporting Actress for Kavi (1955).
Geeta Bali's Timeline
January 21, 1965
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India