Rakhee Gulzar

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Rakhee Gulzar (born Rakhee Majumdar on 15 August 1947 and widely known as Rakhee) is an Indian film actress[1] who has appeared in many Hindi films and Bengali films as well.[2] In four decades of acting, she has won three Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award, apart from many other awards. At Filmfare, Raakhee has been nominated 16 times in all (8 times for Best Actress and 8 times for Best Supporting Actress), making her the second most-nominated performer in the female categories, behind Madhuri Dixit and Rani Mukerji. She debuted in the Bengali film Bodhu Boron in 1967 with Geeta Dutta in the lead role. Her first Hindi film was Jeevan Mrityu in 1970.

Rakhee Gulzar
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Rakhee Gulzar in 2012
Born
Rakhee Majumdar

(1947-08-15) 15 August 1947 (age 72)
OccupationActor
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)
Ajay Biswas
(m. 1963; div. 1965)

Gulzar (m. 1973)
ChildrenMeghna Gulzar
Awards
HonorsPadma Shri

Early lifeEdit

Rakhee was born in a Bengali family at Ranaghat in the Nadia district of West Bengal in the early hours of 15 August 1947, just hours after the declaration of independence of India. She received her early education in a local girls' school. Her father had a flourishing shoe business in his native village in East Bengal, modern-day Bangladesh, before the partition of India, and thereafter he settled in West Bengal. While still a teenager, Raakhee had an arranged marriage to Bengali journalist/film director Ajay Biswas, which ended shortly afterwards.

At the start of her film career, she dropped her surname and was mentioned in film credits only as "Rakhee," by which name she attained stardom, but upon marrying lyricist-director Gulzar, she took that as her surname and is credited thereafter as Rakhee Gulzar.'

CareerEdit

In 1967, the 20-year-old Rakhee (also credited as "Rakhee") acted in her first Bengali film Badhu Baran, after which she was offered the lead role in her first Hindi film in 1970, Rajshri Productions' Jeevan Mrityu with Dharmendra.

In 1971, Rakhee played a double role opposite Shashi Kapoor in Sharmilee, and in the same year she also acted in Lal Patthar and Paras; all three films were popular and she therefore became one of the leading actress of Hindi Cinema in the 1970s. The films Shehzada (1972) and Aankhon Aankhon Mein (1972) - both showcased her comic abilities. She displayed versatility with Heera Panna (1973), Daag: A Poem of Love (1973), Hamare Tumhare (1979), Aanchal (1980), Shriman Shrimati (1982) and Taaqat (1982). She regards her performances in Blackmail (1973), Tapasya (1976) and Aanchal to be her best performances. She acted with Dev Anand in Heera Panna, Banarasi Babu (1973), Joshila (1973) and Lootmaar (1980).

Rakhee worked with Shashi Kapoor in 10 released films, including Sharmelee (1971), Jaanwar Aur Insaan (1972), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Doosra Aadmi (1977), the critically acclaimed Trishna (1978), Baseraa (1981),[3] Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka (1983), Zameen Aasmaan (1984), and Pighalta Aasman (1985). She also acted opposite Kapoor in the film Ek Do Teen Chaar, which was produced in 1980 but never released.[4] Her other unreleased film is Majnoon (1979) though the songs were released. Her films with Amitabh Bachchan include Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978), Kasme Vaade (1978), Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar (1979), Jurmana (1979), Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981), and Bemisal (1982). In 1981, the 23-year-old aspiring director Anil Sharma asked her to star in the leading role in his debut film Shradhanjali; Raakhee agreed to take the part despite lack of funding for the film project, and the film was successful. She acted in other Bengali films; Paroma (1984) and was awarded the BFJA Award for Best Actress. Her last film as the lead female heroine was Pighalta Aasman in 1985 with Shashi Kapoor.

In films such as Jurmana, her name is credited ahead of the heroes in the credits of the film. She at the peak of her career as heroine, surprised everyone by agreeing to play strong characters as sister-in-law to Rajesh Khanna in Aanchal (1980), which was followed by playing sister-in-law to Shashi Kapoor in Shaan (1980), mother to Amitabh in Shakti (1982), sister-in-law to Mithun Chakraborty in Dhuan and mother to Rishi Kapoor in Yeh Vaada Raha (1982).

Towards the late 1980s and 1990s she played strong character roles as the elderly mother or a woman of principles in commercially successful films such as Ram Lakhan (1989), Anari (1993), Baazigar (1993), Khalnayak (1993), Karan Arjun (1995), Border (1997), Soldier (1998), Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001) and Dil Ka Rishta (2002).

In 2003 she appeared in Rituparno Ghosh directed film Shubho Mahurat for which she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In one of her interviews, she said in 2012 that her favourite co-star among her heroes were Rajesh Khanna and Shashi Kapoor.[5]

In 2019 Kolkata International Film Festival the film Nirbon directed by Goutam Halder was premiered, where Rakhee portrayed the role of Bijolibala, a seventy years old lady with a strong conviction. “Doing films is not on my agenda right now, but the story fascinated me” Rakhee said about the adaptation of Moti Nandi’s novel Bijolibalar Mukti. [6]

Rakhee Gulzar has diverse experiences in a wide range of activities she has been associated with in the film industry. In many occasions she extended her contributions beyond acting and delved into various other field of activities, some of which are listed below: 1998 - Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha - Costume Designer 1999 - Dil Kya Kare - Dress Assistant In 1982 she lent her voice for the film Taaqat in the song Teri nindiya ko lag jaye aag re sung in duet with Kishore Kumar.

Personal lifeEdit

In her second marriage, Raakhee married film director, poet and lyricist Gulzar. The couple have a daughter, Meghna Gulzar. When their daughter was only one year old, they separated.[7] After completing her graduation in films from New York University, Meghna went on to become a director of films including Filhaal..., Just Married and Dus Kahaniyaan,[8] and authored a biography of her father in 2004.[9]

At one point, Raakhee stayed in her bungalow, "Muktangan" (bought from the Marathi playwright P. L. Deshpande), on Sarojini Road in Khar, Mumbai. Later, she sold the property and moved to an apartment two buildings away, though the new high rise is still called by the same name, as she had wished. As of 2015 she mostly stays in the Panvel farmhouse on the Mumbai outskirts.[10][11]

“My mother has lived her professional and personal life with tremendous dignity and grace.” said Meghna Gulzar, daughter of Rakhee, in an interview.[12]. Presently she lives in recluse in her farmhouse at Panvel, spending time in tending to a huge flock of animals, growing vegetables and reading books.[13]

Awards and nominationsEdit

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
1967 Badhu Bharan - Dilip Nag Bengali film
1968 Baghini Bijay Bose Bengali film
1970 Aparajeya Bina[17] Chaturanga Assamese film
1970 Jeevan Mrityu Deepa Satyen Bose
1971 Sharmilee Kanchan/Kamini Samir Ganguly
1971 Reshma Aur Shera Gopal's Wife Sunil Dutt
1971 Paaras Barkha Singh C.P. Dixit
1971 Lal Patthar Sumita Sushil Majumdar
1972 Anokhi Pehchan Satyen Bose
1972 Aan Baan Rekha Prakash Mehra
1972 Aankhon Aankhon Mein Parvati Raghunath Jhalani
1972 Beimaan Sohanlal Kanwar
1972 Janwar Aur Insaan Meena Tapi Chanakya
1972 Shehzada Chanda K. Shankar
1972 Shaadi Ke Baad Shova L.V. Prasad
1972 Sub Ka Saathi Rosie A. Bhimsingh
1972 Wafaa Saraswati Ramanna
1972 Yaar Mera Atma Ram
1973 Heera Panna Reema Singh Dev Anand
1973 Daag Chandni Yash Chopra
1973 Blackmail Asha Mehta Vijay Anand
1973 Banarasi Babu Neela Shankar Mukherjee
1973 Joshila Sapna Yash Chopra
1974 Pagli Gori C.P. Dixit
1974 27 Down Shalini Awtar Krishna Kaul
1975 Mere Sajna Kammo Kewal Kumar
1975 Angaarey Shova -
1976 Tapasya Indrani Sinha "Indu" -
1976 Kabhi Kabhie Pooja Khanna -
1977 Doosra Aadmi Nisha Ramesh Talwar
1978 Chameli Memsaheb Chameli[18] Indar Sen Bangla film
1978 Trishna Aarti S. Gupta Anil Ganguly
1978 Kasme Vaade Suman Ramesh Behl
1978 Trishul Geeta Yash Chopra
1978 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar Kaamna Prakash Mehra
1979 Hamare Tumhare Maya Umesh Mehra
1979 Jurmana Rama Sharma Hrishikesh Mukherjee
1979 Kaala Patthar Dr. Sudha Sen Yash Chopra
1979 Shyamla - Joginder Shelly
1980 Lootmaar Raksha Bhagat Dev Anand
1980 Aanchal Shanti Anil Ganguly
1980 Hum Kadam Indu Gupta -
1980 Shaan Sheetal Kumar -
1981 Rocky Parvati -
1981 Laawaris Vidya -
1981 Dhuaan -
1981 Barsaat Ki Ek Raat -
1981 Anusandhan Rajni - Bengali/ Hindi
1981 Baseraa Sharda Balraj Kohli -
1981 Shradhanjali -
1982 Yeh Vaada Raha Mrs. Sharda Rai Bahadur -
1982 Taaqat -
1982 Shriman Shrimati Parvati Devi -
1982 Bemisal Kavita Chaturvedi (Sakhi) Hrishikesh Mukherjee
1982 Dil Aakhir Dil Hai Kusum Desai -
1982 Shakti Sheetal - -
1983 Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka Anil Sharma
1984 Anand Aur Anand Mrs. Arun Anand -
1984 Bandh Honth - Raj Marbros
1984 Parama Parama Aparna Sen Bengali
1984 Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye -
1984 Zameen Aasmaan -
1985 Pighalta Aasman Aarti -
1985 Saaheb Sujata Sharma -
1986 Amma Shanta Jiten
1986 Zindagani Sumitra Devi -
1987 Muqaddar Ka Faisla Laxmi -
1987 Dacait Devi Choudhrain -
1988 Gold Medal -
1988 Mere Baad -
1988 Falak Durga Verma -
1988 Prateek Sunanda Prabhat Roy Bengali film
1988 Sagar Sangam - Dulal Guha
1989 Ram Lakhan Mrs. Sharda Pratap Singh -
1989 Santosh Rachna -
1990 Jeevan Ek Sangharsh Dharam Verma -
1991 Saugandh Ganga -
1991 Pratikar Saraswati Devi -
1993 Rudaali Bhikni/Euli -
1993 Pratimurti Bimal Dutta
1993 Khal Nayak Mrs. Aarti Prasad -
1993 Kshatriya Maheshwari Devi -
1993 Dil Ki Baazi Nirmala Devi -
1993 Anari -
1993 Baazigar Mrs. Shobha Sharma -
1994 Phiriye Dao Arjun's mother Chiranjit Bengali film
1994 Vivekananda - G.V. Iyer
1995 Karan Arjun Durga Singh -
1995 Kismat Geeta -
1996 Durjan - Sanjay Bhattacharya
1996 Jaan Rukmini Raj Kanwar
1997 Achena Atithi - Ashim S. Samanta
1997 Border Dharamvir's mother -
1997 Jeevan Yudh Mrs. Rai -
1997 Ankhon Mein Tum Ho Ranimaa (Mrs. Burman) -
1998 Sham Ghansham Ganga Satyadev Singh Ashok Ghai
1998 Barood Gayetri Sharma Pramod Chakravorty
1998 Soldier Geeta Malhotra Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla
1999 Baadshah Chief Minister Gayatri Bachchan Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla
1999 Dil Kya Kare - Prakash Jha
2001 Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love Pratima Kapoor Suneel Darshan
2003 Talaash: The Hunt Begins Purnima Suneel Darshan
2003 Dil Ka Rishta Mrs. Sharma Naresh Malhotra
2003 Shubho Mahurat Ranga Pishima Rituparno Ghosh Bengali film
2009 Classmates -
2019 Nirbaan Bijolibaba Goutam Halder

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ReferencesEdit

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