The 80s was a landmark in the film career of Reena Roy as she was counted as one of the most multitalented actresses. In fact, she was equal to Hema Malini, Zeenath Aman, Rekha and Parveen Bhabi during the 80s. She shared screen space with most of the stars of the 80s. Her works with Shatrugan Sinha proved a success.

The venture of Reena Roy into acting was due to her poor financial status.She hence took mediocre movies and paired with unknown names during the beginning of 70s. But she was very persistent and proved her mettle in the 80s. She was a flexible actress and could work on various roles with equal panache. She was associated with several women-oriented films, including Ladies’ Tailor, Apnapan, Aasha, Nagin, Jaani Dushman etc. She is also a good dancer. The year 1982 is indeed a very good year in her career as she acted in 13 films that year. 

Born on January 7, 1957, Reena started her career with a movie opposite Danny Denzongpa during the 70s but it was dropped. But as determined as he was, by R Ishaara, the director of the shelved movie, made both the stars act in his next venture Zaroorat in 1972. Reena was noticed through this film. Still, this talented lady had a tough time during the successive four years. But the 1973 flick Jaise Ko Taisa was a silver lining and Reena was appreciated for her energetic performance.

Reena entered into wedlock during 1983 when she was at the zenith of her profession. Eventually she quit acting. Later she parted ways with her Pakistani spouse Mohsin Khan, who is a former cricketer. She came back to the film industry and acted in a couple of flicks including the 1993 flick Aadmi Khilona Hai and the 2000 flick Refugee (this is her last film as of now). She has to her credit the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1977 flick Apnapan.
Rashaana Shah Hindi Actress

Rashaana Shah

Rashaana Shah is an Indian actress and producer known for her works in the parallel cinema world. According to www.variety.com, Rashaana happens to be executive producer of Mulberry Films. She has chipped in films like Rang Rasiya, The Last Monk, Maanjhi: The Mountain Man, and Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities. In 2002, she featured in an Odia feature Dharini under the direction of SusantMisra. Dharini is a female-oriented motion picture about four women who look to defy the male chauvinistic mindset in the society. She worked in MaqboolFida Hussain’s Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities which focused on the story of Nawab who struggles with the problem of writer’s block. Shah enacted the role of an Andhra danseuse in this Hussain’s pet project. In Sudipto Sen’s English drama “The Last Monk,” she performs the part of Swapna who develops feelings for Sonic, a guide who accompanies her while she is in Ladakh to finish her thesis on Buddhist philosophy. The Last Monk got selected for the screening at the prestigious Cannes film festival. Rashaana came to the prominence when the veteran director Ketan Mehta cast her for the character of Kamini in his controversial outing Rang Rasiya (Hindi) which also goes under the name of “Colors of Passion” for its English version. Rang Rasiya is a cinematic adaptation of the life of Raja Ravi Varma, one of the India’s finest painters during the freedom struggle era. Rang Rasiya drew the ire of censor board for its nude scenes. While RandeepHoodaplayed the character of Raja Ravi Varma, Rashaana showed up as her wife, Kamini. During the filming of the song ‘O Kamini,’ Randeep and Rashaana had an intimate scene on the rocks in the region of Alupuzzha waterfalls. Producer Deepa Sahi recalled that they somehow recorded the song sequence when the unit came to know about the problem of rising water level of the waterfall. Rang Rasiya was slated to release in 2008, the board gave the nod for the screening of the film after a long tussle over the explicit content. Although Randeep and Nandana Sen remained in the limelight, critics loved Rashaana’s brief but powerful contribution to the biographical drama. Later, she acted in JackkyBhagnani’s first film KalKissneDekha as Yana. Eventually, KalKissneDekha flopped after its weak performance in the theaters. Between 2009 and 2015, she worked in Bollywood Hero (TV show), Ammar Maa (A Bengali short video), The Mumbai Trilogy. She teamed up with Ketan Mehta for the biopic on DasharathManjhi, who was in the news for carving a path through a hillock in Bihar. With Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte in Manjhi: The Mountain Main, her role was of Bhanwari. Produced by Viacom 18, Manjhi impressed the viewers by highlighting the need for determination to achieve success. Recently, she co-produced Himanshu Malik’s Quod Erat Demonstrandum.

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