Bindu (actress)

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Bindu
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Bindu in 2012
Born Bindu Desai
(1951-04-17) April 17, 1951 (age 63)
Valsad, Gujarat, India
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Champaklal Zaveri

Bindu (born 17 April 1951) is an actress in Indian cinema who was popular in the 1970s, receiving several award nominations. She has acted in over 160 movies in a career that spanned four decades,[1] and is most remembered for her role as Shabnam in Kati Patang (1970).[2]

Early life[edit]

Bindu was born to film producer Nanubhai Desai and his wife Jyotsna at a small village called Hanuman Bhagda in the district of Valsad in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. Bindu's road to success was not an easy one. Her father died when she was 3. Being the eldest daughter, the burden of earning money fell on her shoulders.[3]

Bindu is credited in Anpadh (1962), playing a young college graduate. She would have been about 11 at the time, which places her birth date in dispute.

Career[edit]

Bindu had early successes with Ittefaq and Do Raaste in 1969. From here she went on to write her success story with Shakti Samanta's Kati Patang (1970), where she had a sizzling cabaret dance, "Mera Naam Shabnam" to her credit; a number which is even today remembered as one of the highlights of the film.[4]

Bindu's mesmerizing performances in 1974 as a seductress in Imtihan, and as a nymphomaniac in Hawas, left audiences asking for more. With a string of hits behind her, she successfully managed to break out of the myth that married actresses usually do not go to become sex symbols, especially in the Hindi film industry. She is the third point in the 'holy trinity' of item number queens. Along with Helen and Aruna Irani, Bindu defined the Bollywood 'cabaret' dance number and the role of the 'Vamp'.[4]

Bindu was much more than just a sex symbol[according to whom?]. Her acting ability was seen in films like Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films Arjun Pandit and Abhimaan, where she won raves for playing a very sympathetic character. She proved to be just as convincing as the crippled woman in Chaitali and as the deglamourised role of wife to Ashok Kumar, in Arjun Pandit. She played the villain's moll in Zanjeer and became famous as Mona Darling.

An impending pregnancy, followed by an unfortunate miscarriage[according to whom?], brought about a lull in her career and on the advice of her doctors she had to end her stint as the glamourous 'vamp' – dancing and all. However, she did not stay away for long and returned to the silver screen with character roles - Hero, Biwi Ho To Aisi and Kishen Kanhaiya and with many other such movies she managed to re-establish herself as the unmerciful and cruel mother-in-law, or the cynical aunt.

In the later stages of her career, she made fewer on-screen appearances, like the ones in Shola Aur Shabnam, which highlighted her comic side, and followed with other light and funny performances in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Main Hoon Na, and Om Shanti Om.

Personal life[edit]

Bindu married her childhood sweetheart and next door neighbor Champaklal Zaveri. She has no children. She currently resides in Koregaon Park, Pune. She's a member of Derby and often spotted at the race course at Pune.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Ittefaq (1969)
  • Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Do Raaste (1970)
  • Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Dastaan (1972)
  • Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Abhimaan (1973)
  • Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Hawas (1974)
  • Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Imtihan (1974)
  • Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Arjun Pandit (1976)

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bindu". jointscene.com. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Shabnam Still Gets Fan Mail". Indian Express. Dec 4, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bindu Desai Biography". bollycurry.com. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Bindu Portrait". bollywood501.com. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 

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