Written by: Saloni Nanda
Reena Roy a veteran bollywood actress who has performed leading roles in many films from 1972 to 1985 and was a leading actress of that era. She was the highest-paid actress of her time. She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Her roles contributed to a then new onscreen persona in which she was known for her female-oriented roles. 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. She has worked in a number of superhits like Nai Duniya Naye Log, Zaroorat, Jaise Ko Taisa, Vishwanath, etc. Reena Roy also made several films with Sunil Dutt .
The successes of Zakhmee (1975) and
Kalicharan led to her star vehicle Nagin (1976). By her natural and confident acting Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. 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. Reena returned to Bollywood in 1992, in a mature supporting role. But she could not repeat her success as she did in her young slim looks during the early days of her career. Top directors such as J. Om Prakash, Prakash Mehra, Raj Khosla and Sultan Ahmad grabbed her for crucial roles, making her the highest-paid actress of the mid-1970s and early 1980s. She has worked with a number of superstars such as Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Rajesh Khanna etc. She has also acted opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the successful Punjabi films Sat Sri Akal (1977) and Vilayati Babu (1981). 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. She now is making a comeback on television with Vikas Gupta. She has recently celebrated her 60th birthday on 7th of January by throwing a typical Bollywood party inviting all famous faces.
About Author- The author, Saloni Nanda is a trainee journalist in India Today Media Institute
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