Born: Bombay, India
Reena Roy was a famous leading lady of Hindi films from 1972-1985. She came from a broken home, a Muslim father and Hindu mother, who separated after having four children together. Reena is their third child, and she started films in her early teens. Her career in films started off inauspiciously with B.R. Isharas Nayi Duniya Naye Log (1973) with another newcomer Danny Denzongpa, which was shelved temporarily. B.R. Ishara cast both actors again in Zaroorat (1972), along with another newcomer Vijay Arora, and the racy film became a hit. Reena was now called the Zaroorat Girl. She had to wait a while for her next break with Jaise Ko Taisa (1973), where her rain-soaked dance to the song Abke Sawan with Jeetendra raised temperatures. She was a working actress with films like Jangal Mein Mangal, Rani Aur Lalpari, Madhosh, Goonj, and Umar Qaid, but most didnt make an impact, until the mid-1970s, when Zakhmee (1975) and Kalicharan (1976) made her more popular among directors and audiences. Initially, there was low expectations with Kalicharan, since Subhash Ghai, a failed actor, was making his directorial debut, and Shatrugan Sinha, an actor known for his villainous roles, was making his first mark as the lead hero. But the film defied everyones expectations and became a surprise hit, and Reena as Shatrugans love interest got attention from audiences. They became a off-screen pair as well, and they signed several films together. Her pairing with Sunil Dutt was also popular with audiences. The successes of Zakhmee and Kalicharan led to her star vehicle Nagin(1976). Playing the title role of the deadly Nagin, she avenges the death of her lover by ruthlessly murdering five leading male-stars. 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. Raj Kumar Kohli worked with Reena and churned out greatest multi-starer blockbusters Nagin, Jaani Dushman (1979), Muqabla (1979) and Raaj Tilak (1984).
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