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Bindu (born 17 April 1941) is an actress in Indian cinema who was popular in the 1970s, receiving several award nominations. She has acted in over 160 movies in a career that spanned four decades,[1] and is most remembered for her role in as Shabnam in Kati Patang (1970) and for her films opposite Prem Chopra .[2]

Bindu in 2015
Bindu Desai

(1941-04-17) 17 April 1941 (age 78)
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Champaklal Zaveri


Early lifeEdit

Bindu was born to film producer Nanubhai Desai and his wife Jyotsna at a small village called Hanuman Bhagda in the Valsad district, Gujarat. Bindu's road to success was not an easy one. Her father died when she was 13. Being the eldest daughter, the burden of earning money fell on her shoulders.[3]

Bindu made her debut in Anpadh (1962), playing a young college graduate. She was 11 at the time.


Bindu had early successes with Ittefaq and Do Raaste in 1969. From here she went on to write her success story with Shakti Samanta's Kati Patang (1970), where she had a sizzling cabaret dance, "Mera Naam Shabnam" to her credit; a number which is even today remembered as one of the highlights of the film.[4]

Bindu's mesmerising performances in 1974 as a seductress in Imtihan, and as a nymphomaniac in Hawas, left audiences asking for more. With a string of hits behind her, she successfully managed to break out of the myth that married actresses usually do not go to become sex symbols, especially in the Hindi film industry. She is the third point in the 'holy trinity' of item number queens. Along with Helen and Aruna Irani, Bindu defined the Bollywood 'cabaret' dance number and the role of the 'Vamp'.[4]

Her acting ability was seen in films like Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films Arjun Pandit and Abhimaan, where she won raves for playing a very sympathetic character. She proved to be just as convincing as the crippled woman in Chaitali and as the deglamorised role of wife to Ashok Kumar, in Arjun Pandit. She played the villain's moll in Zanjeer and became famous as Mona Darling.

She was paired opposite Prem Chopra regularly in films such as Lagan (1971), Kati Patang, Do Raaste, Daag, Chuppa Rustam, Prem Nagar, Phandebaaz, Tyaag, Nafrat, Gehri Chaal and Daastan.She even danced with Sivaji Ganesan in Tamil film Naladhu Oru Kudumbam in 1979.She did 13 films with Rajesh Khanna from 1969 film Do Raaste to 1986 film Adhikar.

An impending pregnancy, followed by a miscarriage, brought about a lull in her career and on the advice of her doctors she had to end her stint as the glamorous 'vamp' – dancing and all in 1983. However, she did not stay away for long and returned to the silver screen with character roles – Hero, Alag Alag, Biwi Ho To Aisi and Kishen Kanhaiya and with many other such movies she managed to re-establish herself as the unmerciful and cruel mother-in-law, or the cynical aunt.

In the later stages of her career, she made fewer on-screen appearances, like the ones in Shola Aur Shabnam, Aankhen which highlighted her comic side, and followed with other light and funny performances in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Main Hoon Na, and Om Shanti Om.

Personal lifeEdit

Bindu married her childhood sweetheart and next door neighbour Champaklal Zaveri. She has no children. She currently resides in Koregaon Park, Pune. She is a member of Derby and often spotted at the race course at Pune.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting ActressIttefaq (1969)
  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Do Raaste (1970)
  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Dastaan (1972)
  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Abhimaan (1973)
  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Hawas (1974)
  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Imtihan (1974)
  • Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Arjun Pandit (1976)

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Bindu". Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Shabnam Still Gets Fan Mail". Indian Express. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Bindu Desai Biography". Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Bindu Portrait". Retrieved 2 August 2010.

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