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Bina Roy – Obituary

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Bina Roy

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Bina Roy, best known for her roles in films like Anarkali (1953) and Taj Mahal (1963), passed away in Mumbai on December 6, 2009 following a cardiac arrest.

Bina Roy was born Krishna Sarin on July 13, 1932 in Lahore. Bina Roy was a 1st year Arts student at the Isabella Theodore College in Lucknow when she came across a talent contest and participated. Bina was always actively involved in college dramatics but had never thought of taking up the career as an actress till she won the talent contest and was introduced by Kishore Sahu in Kali Ghata in 1951. Kali Ghata was a tragic story with some great songs by Lata-Shankar Jaikishan team including Ille Belle, Humsai na poocho koi pyar kiya hai, and Unke Situm ne Loot Liya.

After doing another film Sapna (1952) with his mentor Kishore Sahu, Bina’s big breakthrough came with Anarkali (1953). 1953 also saw the release of Aurat, where Bina was paired with Premnath and it is believed they fell in love on the sets of Aurat, which was desi version of the Biblical story of Samson and Delialah. The two produced their own movies like Shagufa, Prisoner of Golconda and Samundar, all of which flopped. This real life couple could never deliver a hit as reel couple.

Roy’s films with Pradeep Kumar remain her best remembered performances. She played title roles in Anarkali (1953), Taj Mahal (1963) and Ghunghat (1960) with the last once fetched her Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Bina Rai stopped acting in films many years ago, claiming that women of a certain age don’t get good roles. Her last release was Phani Majumdar’s Apna Ghar Apni Kahani (1968), playing Mumtaz’s long suffering mother.

Bina Roy is survived by her sons Prem Kishen and Monty. Prem Kishen is a well known television producer who co-owns the television software company, Cinevista. Her grand-daughter Akansha too tried her hand at acting while grand-son Siddharth Malhotra is a filmmaker.

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