ade her acting debut in 1977 in the film Anurodh, paired opposite her then real-life brother-in-law, actor Rajesh Khanna. In that movie, she played the role of Sumitha Mathur. Her career as an actress spanned for almost 10 years. She starred in Shaaka in 1981 opposite Jeetendra. Her role in Lootmaar received all the plaudits from critics as well as theatregoers.She then distinguished herself with secondary roles in movies such as Jeevan Dhara, Hum Rahe Na Hum and Dulha Bikta Hai in which she performed a memorable qawali dance. In 1985, she starred in alternate cinema movie Rehguzar opposite Shekhar Suman. This poetic movie confirmed her qualities as an actress. Despite several offers and after more than 20 movies, she decided to end her acting career in 1987 after performing in an item song for the movie Parakh. She decided to become a costume designer. She very quickly excelled in that role and in her clientele, famous names such as Tabu, Amrita Singh, Sridevi and Priyanka Chopra could be found.
In 1994, she won a National Award for her costume
design in Rudaali. Later, she distinguished herself in movies such as
Rok Sako To Rok Lo and Shaheed which made her one of the most sought
designers of Bollywood.
Her elder sister is actress Dimple Kapadia. She was the aunt of Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna.
1994- Rudaali- National Award for Best Costume Design
Simple Kapadia was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Despite this, she was
still designing costumes for movies and going through the pain barrier
to get her work done. She died in a hospital in Andheri, Mumbai on 10