Bindu (actress)

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Bindu in 2015
Bindu Nanubhai Desai

(1951-04-17) 17 April 1951 (age 68)
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1962–2008
Spouse(s)Champaklal Zaveri
Children1 (deceased)

Bindu Nanubhai Desai[1] (born April 17, 1951), better known as Bindu, is a Bollywood actress, who has worked in Indian cinema for nearly five decades. She has acted in over 200 movies throughout her career, and has received seven Filmfare award nominations.[2]

Bindu made her film debut in 1962, starring in her first movie Anpadh as Kiran. In 1969, she starred in Ittefaq as Renu, and in Do Raaste as Neela. Both films were box-office hits, and Bindu had then received her first nominations for a Filmfare award for her performances in both of the films. In 1972, she starred in Dastaan as Mala, and received her third nomination for a Filmfare award for the film. In 1973, Bindu was then cast in Abhimaan as Chitra. The film was yet another box-office hit, attributing to Bindu’s credibility at the time. Her performance in the movie led her to receive her fourth nomination for a Filmfare award. Then, in 1974, she starred in films Hawas as Kamini, and in Imtihan as Rita. Both films were commercially successful, and Bindu received two more Filmfare nominations. In 1976, she then starred in Arjun Pandit as Sarla, and received her last nomination for a Filmfare award.

Early life[edit]

Bindu was born to film producer Nanubhai Desai and Jyotsna in Hanuman Bhagda, a small village in the Valsad district in Gujarat, and was raised alongside her siblings.[citation needed] Bindu's father died when she was 13, and due to her being the eldest daughter, the burden of earning money fell on her shoulders.[3]


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 mesmerising 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 in 2010

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 deglamorised role of wife to Ashok Kumar, in Arjun Pandit. She played the villain's moll in Zanjeer and became famous as Mona Darling.

She was paired opposite Prem Chopra regularly in films such as Lagan (1971), Kati Patang, Do Raaste, Daag, Chuppa Rustam, Prem Nagar, Phandebaaz, Tyaag, Nafrat, Gehri Chaal and Daastan.She even danced with Sivaji Ganesan in Tamil film Naladhu Oru Kudumbam in 1979.She did 13 films with Rajesh Khanna from 1969 film Do Raaste to 1986 film Adhikar.

Bindu in 2012

An impending pregnancy, followed by a miscarriage, brought about a lull in her career and on the advice of her doctors she had to end her stint as the glamorous 'vamp' – dancing and all in 1983. However, she did not stay away for long and returned to the silver screen with character roles – Hero, Alag Alag, 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, Aankhen 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 to Champaklal Zaveri, her childhood sweetheart and neighbor. She reportedly has had a child, who is now deceased.[1][5] She currently resides in Koregaon Park, Pune.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting ActressIttefaq (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)

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bindu (Actress) Age, Biography, Affairs, Husband & More » StarsUnfolded". StarsUnfolded. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Bindu". Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Bindu Desai Biography". Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Bindu Portrait". Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  5. ^ Celebrities, Tollywood. "Bindu Family Husband Son Daughter Father Mother Marriage Photos Biography Profile". Tollywood Celebrities News Biography Family Marriage Photos. Retrieved 8 September 2019.

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