Reena Roy

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Reena Roy
Born(1957-01-07) January 7, 1957 (age 55)
Years active1972 - 1985
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Reena Roy
Born(1957-01-07) January 7, 1957 (age 55)
Years active1972 - 1985

Reena Roy (born 7 January 1957) was one of the top Hindi film actresses in India. She performed leading roles in many films from 1972 to 1985 .


Early life and background

Reena Roy was the third daughter of a Muslim father and a Hindu mother. Her parents divorced after having four children together. She started acting in films in her early teens to support her mother and siblings.


Reena Roy's career in films started off with a non-starter, B. R. Ishara's Nai Duniya Naye Log with another newcomer Danny Denzongpa, but it was shelved temporarily. Undeterred, B. R. Ishara cast both actors again in Zaroorat (1972), along with another newcomer Vijay Arora, and the racy film got her some attention. She was now called the "Zaroorat Girl." Yet, she struggled for the next four years in B grade films that had feeble scripts and faltering leading men. The bright spot during this period came with her lively performance in Jaise Ko Taisa (1973), and her rain-soaked dance to the song "Ab ke Sawan" with Jeetendra raised temperatures.

Another break came after two years. At the outset Kalicharan (1975) didn't seem like it had the makings of a hit. Subhash Ghai, a failed actor, was making his directorial debut, and Shatrughan Sinha, an actor known for his villainous roles, was making his first mark as a hero. But the film defied everyone's expectations and became a surprise hit. Reena and Shatrughan got attention from audiences for their good performances, and became a famous team as they signed several films together, like Subhash Ghai's Vishwanath (1978), a blockbuster thriller. The press also publicized their off-screen relationship, which ended when Shatrughan married a former actress named Poonam in 1981.

Reena Roy also made several films with Sunil Dutt. The successes of Zakhmee (1975) and Kalicharan led to her star vehicle Nagin (1976). Playing the title role of "female snake with mythological powers", she avenges the death of her lover by ruthlessly murdering five men. The film became a huge hit, and Reena received her first Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. She was now one of the top heroines in Hindi films. Inspired by "Nagin"'s success, director, Rajkumar Kohli, cast Reena again in his next horror movie, Jaani Dushman (1979). Thereafter, the Kohli-Roy combination continued to give blockbusters, including Muqabla (1979), Badle Ki Aag (1982), and Raaj Tilak (1984). But it was Reena's appearance with Jeetendra in marital dramas like Badaltey Rishtey (1978) and Pyaasa Sawan (1982) that set her career soaring. The duo produced three of their greatest classics together - Apnapan (1977), Aasha (1980) and Arpan (1983).

Her role in Apnapan as the selfish gold-digger who abandons her husband and child and later wanting her son back, won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, beating out top actresses Nutan, Asha Parekh, and Rekha.[1] (This was the precursor to the type of role that Meryl Streep played two years later in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)).

After the box office success of Aasha for which she received her second Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, Reena entered the 1980s as a leading lady in demand, securing herself roles with famous movie star like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, and Vinod Khanna.

Though professionally she competed with Rekha, off the screen they were good friends. Rekha helped Reena improve her costume sense and hair styles.

Reena Roy then concentrated on her career, with stiff competition from Hema Malini, Rekha and Zeenat Aman. In 1982 alone, she had thirteen releases, by far more than any other actress.According to she had the most successful year 1982 with 8 major grossers,taking her to the number one slot of the list.Going by boxofficeindia she had maximum hits along with hema malini and rekha,taking her to third position. She was now demanding equal footing with Hema. Her characters became more versatile, as did her dances. She danced with the classical 'natyam' in Rocky (1981)), just as easily as the "Disco Station" number in Hathkadi (1982). She was the sophisticated city dwelling model in Karishma (1984) and as the village girl in Dharam Kanta (1982). She met the challenging demands of her double role in the Muslim social, Ladies Tailor (1981), and acted opposite the versatile Sanjeev Kumar.

At the pinnacle of her popularity, Reena's strong desire to prove herself got her involved in a number of women-oriented films. Enacting the role of a tormented daughter-in-law in Sau Din Saas Ke (1980), she defies conventions to oppose her tyrant mother-in-law. With an author-backed role in Bezubaan (1982), she gave a portrayal of a woman whose past returns to threaten her present married life. In Lakshmi (1982), playing the role of a mis-fortunate tawaif, she dances to her never-ending tragedies. However, the film failed at the box office. But she was successful with her other home production — the musical, Sanam Teri Kasam (1982), opposite Kamal Hassan and produced by her sister Barkha Roy.

She also starred in the Punjabi films Sat Sri Akal (1977) and Walayati Babu (1981) (paired with Amitabh Bachchan).

Personal life

She has two more sisters, Barkha and Anju and a brother, Raja. In 1983, at the height of her fame, Reena Roy decided to quit films to marry Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan. Her last film was Inteha (1984 film). One of Reena's last releases was J.P. Dutta's blockbuster Ghulami. After marriage things didn't work out between the couple. Reena initially lost custody of their daughter Sanam[2] in the divorce. However, after her ex-husband re-married,Reena regained custody.


Reena returned to Bollywood in 1992, in a mature supporting role as a sister-in-law ('bhabhi') in Aadmi Khilona Hai (1993). Her last film appearance was in J.P Dutta's Refugee (2000). She has since turned to acting in television serials, such as "Eena Meena Deeka," produced by her sister Barkha. After the serial ended, the sisters opened an acting school in 2004. Reena Roy has also campaigned for the Indian National Congress.[3]


MilapRani 'Chalava'/Rukmani
Jangal Mein MangalLeela
1973Nai Duniya Naye LogSandhya
Jaise Ko TaisaRoopa
Umar Qaid
Rani Aur LalpariLalpari
Apne DushmanReshma 'Reshu'
ZakhmeeNisha Ganguly
BaroodSapna — Bakshi's Assistant
NaginNagin (female serpent)
Kalicharansapna Mathur
Udhar Ka SindurRekha
Taxi TaxieNeelam
Sat Sri AkalShree
Daku Aur MahatmaKiran
ApnapanKamini Agarwal
Jadu TonaVarsja
Jay VejayMaharani Ambika
Daku Aur JawanGanga
Chor Ho To AisaChampa
Aakhri Daku
Badalte RishteySavitri Devi
1979MuqablaLaxmi 'lacho'
Gautam GovindaDancer
Yari DushmaniPammi
Sau Din Saas KiDurga
Ganga Aur SurajPoonam
KashishDocter Seema
1981Walayati BabuBillo
Dushman Dost
Ladies TailorNiqat
Pyaasa SawanManorama
Jail YatraShanu
Jaani DushmanRaja/Reshma
1982Main Intequam LoongaMala Bajpai
Kachche HeereRani
Jeeo Aur Jeene DoRenu
Do UstadRoopa
Dard Ka RishtaAsha
Sanam Teri KasamNisha
Badle Ki AagGeeta
Dharm KantaBijli
Deedar-E-YaarQawalli Singer
1983Andhaa KanoonMeena Srivastav
Prem TapasyaDevi
Naukar Biwi KaSandhya
1984Yaadon Ki ZanjeerUsha
Raaj TilakMadhumati
Maati Maangey KhoonSharda
Asha JyotiAsha
1985Kali BastiLajjo — Gangaram's sister
Ek Chitthi Pyar BhariAarti Saxena
Hum DonoRani
1986Mangal DadaLakshmi
1987Faqeer BadshahDancer
1988Dharam ShatruRenu
Do waqt Ki RotiShalini aka Shalu
1993BedardiPreeti N. Saxena
Aadmi Khilona HaiGanga Verma
1995Policewala GundaSudha
Janam KundliRita R. Mehra
Kalyug Ke AvtaarReena
RajkumarRani Maa
1997Jeeo Shaan SeLata
1999GairSharda Oberoi
2000RefugeeAmina Mohammad

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  2. ^ Khan calls her Jannat, but Reena and her sister Barkha call her Sanam, named after their hit film Sanam Teri Kasam (1982).)
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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