Reena Roy

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Reena Roy
Reena Roy.jpg
Roy in 2016
Born (1957-01-07) 7 January 1957 (age 59)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–1985
Spouse(s) Mohsin Khan (divorced)

Reena Roy (born 7 January 1957) is a Hindi film actress. She performed leading roles in many films from 1972 to 1985.

Early life and background[edit]

Aasha 1980

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. She disputed reports that her decision to enter films was to financially support her mother and siblings.[1]


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 mein jee dare" with Jeetendra raised temperatures.

Another break came after two years. At the outset Kalicharan (1976) did not 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 Sinha 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 then, one of the top heroines in Hindi films. Following on from the success of "Nagin", 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.[2] (This was the precursor to the type of role that Meryl Streep played two years later in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)).

kalicharan (1976)

After the box office success of Aasha for which she received her second Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, she went on to star opposite stars such as 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 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 acted in the Punjabi films Sat Sri Akal (1977) and Walayati Babu (1981) (paired with Amitabh Bachchan). Her last film was Inteha (1984 film). One of Reena's last releases was J.P. Dutta's blockbuster Ghulami.

Personal life[edit]

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 the film industry to marry Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan. The couple later divorced. Reena initially lost custody of her daughter Sanam[3] in the divorce. 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.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
1972 Zaroorat Anju
Milap Rani 'Chalava'/Rukmani
Jangal Mein Mangal Leela
1973 Nai Duniya Naye Log Sandhya
Jaise Ko Taisa Roopa
1974 Madhosh Minal
Goonj Meena
1975 Vardaan Lata
Umar Qaid
Rani Aur Lalpari Lalpari
Apne Dushman Reshma 'Reshu'
Zakhmee Nisha Ganguly
1976 Sangram Poonam
Gumrah Reena
Barood Sapna — Bakshi's Assistant
Nagin Nagin (female serpent)
Kalicharan sapna Mathur
Udhar Ka Sindur Rekha
1977 Zamaanat Reshma
Taxi Taxie Neelam
Sat Sri Akal Shree
Paapi Aasha
Jagriti Barkha
Daku Aur Mahatma Kiran
Apnapan Kamini Agarwal
Jadu Tona Varsha
Jay Vejay Maharani Ambika
1978 Karmayogi Kiran
Daku Aur Jawan Ganga
Chor Ho To Aisa Champa
Vishwanath Soni
Aakhri Daku
Badalte Rishtey Savitri Devi
Bhookh Bina
1979 Muqabla Laxmi 'lacho'
Heera-Moti Neelam
Gautam Govinda Dancer
Jaani Dushman
1980 Khanjar Nisha/Preeti
Yari Dushmani Pammi
Sau Din Saas Ki Durga
Ganga Aur Suraj Poonam
Kashish Docter Seema
Aasha Asha
Be-Reham Kiran
Jawalamukhi Anju
1981 Walayati Babu Billo
Dushman Dost
Naseeb Julie
Ladies Tailor Niqat
Rocky Lajwanti/Hirabai
Dhanwan Asha
Pyaasa Sawan Manorama
Jail Yatra Shanu
1982 Main Intequam Loonga Mala Bajpai
Lakshmi Lakshmi
Kachche Heere Rani
Jeeo Aur Jeene Do Renu
Do Ustad Roopa
Dard Ka Rishta Asha
Baghavat Channo
Hathkadi Rosie
Sanam Teri Kasam Nisha
Badle Ki Aag Geeta
Insaan Sona
Dharm Kanta Bijli
Deedar-E-Yaar Qawalli Singer
Bezubaan Kalpana
1983 Andhaa Kanoon Meena Srivastav
Arpan Shobha
Prem Tapasya Devi
Naukar Biwi Ka Sandhya
1984 Yaadon Ki Zanjeer Usha
Raaj Tilak Madhumati
Maati Maangey Khoon Sharda
Asha Jyoti Asha
Inteha Anita
Karishmaa Nisha
1985 Kali Basti Lajjo — Gangaram's sister
Ghulami Moran
Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari Aarti Saxena
Hum Dono Rani
1986 Mangal Dada Lakshmi
1987 Faqeer Badshah Dancer
1988 Dharam Shatru Renu
Do Waqt Ki Roti Shalini aka Shalu
1993 Bedardi Preeti N. Saxena
Aadmi Khilona Hai Ganga Verma
1995 Policewala Gunda Sudha
Janam Kundli Rita R. Mehra
Kalyug Ke Avtaar Reena
1996 Smuggler Usha
Rajkumar Rani Maa
Ajay Durga
1997 Jeena O Shaan Se Lata
1999 Gair Sharda Oberoi
2000 Refugee Amina Mohammad

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