Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Bindu was born on April 17th to film producer Nanubhai Desai and his wife Jyotsna, a stage actress. Bindu's road to success was not an easy one. With her father’s death at a tender age of 13 years, the burden of feeding the entire family fell on her fragile shoulders, being the eldest daughter.
Due to her Bollywood connections she was able to find a niche in movies as early as 1962 with Anpadh in which she played the well educated daughter of an illiterate Mala Sinha. However, it was only after her marriage to Gujurati businessman Champaklal Zaveri that she got her first film offer with Do Raaste (1969). The real meaty and negative role came her way with this movie in which she plays the wife of Prem Chopra.
The movie that type caste her as a vamp was Kati Patang (1970) with Meraa Naam has Shabnam, Pyar Se Log Mujhey Shaboo Kahete Hain, in which she belittles and then blackmails Asha Parekh. This song is still very popular and has also been remixed in recent times. Kati Patang was only the beginning, followed by Ittefaaq (1969) and Imtihaan (1974), with her mesmerizing performances as a seductress in Imtihaan and as a nymphomaniac in Hawas )(1974), left audiences asking for more. With huge hits behind, she successfully managed to break out of the myth that married actresses usually do not go to become sex symbols, and especially not in the Hindi film fraternity.
But then a sex symbol was not all that Bindu was, her acting abilities were seen in films like Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films Arjun Pundit (1976) and Abhimaan (1973), where she played a very sympathetic character. She also acted in Chaitali (1975) and proved to be just as convincing as the crippled woman in Chaitali. But sadly she was never offered roles as the leading lady despite being extremely photogenic, blessed with a flawless complexion and sharp features. Her being married perhaps came in the way of her being offered roles as the main female lead. Thus, she lost out on the chance of being the leading lady in her films. Pregnancy, followed by an unfortunate 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. However, she could not stay away long and returned back to the silver screen with character roles – Hero, Biwi Ho To Aisi and Kishen Kanhaiya and with many other such movies she managed to portray herself as the bad Mother in law or aunt. Bindu was seen in small roles in Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) which again brought her to the forefront. This she followed with her light performance in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) as a glamorous aunt. She played the character Kamini in the latest Movie Om Shanti Om (2007) which had proved to be a blockbuster of the year.
She has won the following Filmfare nominations Best Supporting Actress for Ittefaq (1969) Best Supporting Actress for Do Raaste (1970) Best Supporting Actress for Dastaan (1972) Best Supporting Actress for Abhimaan (1973) Best Supporting Actress for Hawas (1974) Best Supporting Actress for Imtihaan (1974) Best Supporting Actress for Arjun Pandit (1976)
She has acted in over 160 movies in a career that spanned from 1962 through on to the 2007 hit Om Shanti Om. She is known as the eternal Mona Darling.