Published On: Sat, Jun 4th, 2016

Remembering Bina Rai, the legendary star of Hindi cinema, on her 85th birth anniversary today.



Remembering Bina Rai, a majorly talented actress of Hindi cinema, on her 85th birth anniversary today.

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Whenever the brilliant stars of Indian cinema will be spoken of or remembered, nobody will be able to miss out the name of the great beauty called Bina Rai who played the titular role in Anarkali (1953) and then played Mumtaz Mahal in Taj Mahal (1963).

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Her royal looks made her the perfect choice for these roles. Her picture, like that of Madhubala, is forever etched on the minds and hearts of lovers of cinema in our country.

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Bina Rai was one of the top stars of the 1950s and 1960s, admired for her charm and versatility. Beautiful and talented but slightly introverted, Rai made fewer films than her contemporaries tended to. Many of the 30 or so films she made were critically acclaimed and commercially successful.

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Bina Rai is known for her evergreen smile and strong portrayal of women oriented movies on screen. Though many movies of hers didn’t do well, there were quite a few that went on to become blockbuster hits. Some of the movies that she is remembered for even today are Anarkali (1953), Ghunghat (1960) and Taj Mahal (1963). Ghunghat, directed by Ramanand Sagar, brought her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress despite Asha Parekh’s substantial role in the film. Her onscreen chemistry with actor Pradeep Kumar is still considered as one of the best Bollywood has ever seen.


Bina Rai and Leela Mishra in a still from the movie ‘Changez Khan’ (1957).


Bina Rai and Ashok Kumar in a still from the movie ‘Daadi Maa’ (1966)

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