Birthday Special: The BEST of Bindu
Bindu turns 63 today, April 17.
With her voluptuous sex appeal, smouldering dance and crafty femme fatale ways, Bindu made life hell for many of her unsuspecting targets on celluloid.
From the seductive moll to a pretty relative no one should trust, the silver screen diva graduated to playing the cantankerous monster-in-law or gregarious socialite ensuring a career lasting more than five decades.
One of Bollywood’s most iconic vamps turns 63 this year.
We celebrate some of her most memorable avatars.
As the modern, wealthy wife of Prem Chopra responsible for the strained relations between him and his doting brothers, a sleek 'n' stylish Bindu plays the central protagonist with understated insensitivity in Raj Khosla's monster hit co-starring Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz.
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Image: Bindu in Do Raaste
Bindu’s presence is synonymous with trouble.
The lady doesn’t disappoint in Yash Chopra’s experimental whodunit, Ittefaq adding to Rajesh Khanna’s woes with her sly behaviour and misplaced accusations.
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Bindu’s sizzling cabaret in the RD chartbuster as well as her icy cool demeanour as she schemes along with Prem Chopra to dupe Asha Parekh in Kati Patang is evil at its glamorous best.
Image: Bindu with Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh in Kati Patang
Playing arm candy to Ajit’s sophisticated Teja demands explicit sheen and cattiness.
Never the one to hold back, Bindu’s oozes it in oodles as his one and only "Mona Darling" in the action drama that re-launched the legend Amitabh Bachchan on the path of super success.
Image: Bindu with Ajit and Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer
What’s admirable about Bindu is how she’d successfully engage an audience entirely mindful of her onscreen deceit every single time.
She pulls it off with élan yet again as Dilip Kumar’s unfaithful half in the BR Chopra drama, Dastaan.
Image: Bindu and Dilip Kumar in Dastan
At a time when nobody could envision Bindu outside the spice girl mould, filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee presents her in a lovely light as Big B’s confidante and close friend in Abhimaan.
Living up to his faith just the same, the actress delivers some of the best punches in the marital drama with her poise and composure.
Image: Bindu in Abhimaan
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is finely conveyed in Bindu’s deadly handling of rejection through Vinod Khanna after he thwarts her advances in keeping with their student-professor relationship ethic.
Being the quintessential ‘vamp,’ she accuses him of molestation and things get out of hand for a good duration in the 1974 flick, Imtihaan.
Image: Bindu in Imtihaan
Though Hawas is far from compelling, it made news for Bindu’s casting as a nymphomaniac.
And her no-holds barred conviction as the lustful lady seeking men like meat is the only reason to acknowledge its existence.
Image: Bindu in Hawas
Biwi Ho Toh Aisi
Bindu walks away with the thunder in the Rekha vehicle with her relentless tantrums and popular phrase "Secretary, follow me!" as the dominating matriarch of Biwi Ho Toh Aisi.
She shifts the shrewish, over-the-top tone of the nasty yet polished missus of Kader Khan to torment him as mother-in-law in the subsequent hit, Ghar Ho Toh Aisa.
Image: Bindu with Rekha in Biwi Ho Toh Aisi
Playing the tyrant along the lines of Manorama and Rohini Hattangady (in double role dramas like Seeta Aur Geeta and Chaalbaaz), Bindu demonstrates her vile side to the hilt in Rakesh Roshan’s Kishen Kanhaiya.
Few have forgotten her vampy turn as the 'Kamini-Kameeni' stepmother teaming up with a reliably ferocious Amrish Puri to torture Anil Kapoor against a typically 90s aesthetics.
Image: Bindu with Amrish Puri in Kishen Kanhaiya
Main Hoon Naa
Best known for her seductive, brutal or conniving avatars, Bindu proves she she’s equally adept at comedy with her loony delivery in Farah Khan’s zany Main Hoon Naa.
As Mrs Kakkad, a Hindi teacher smitten by Shah Rukh Khan’s charms, the (then) 50-something has no problem amusing the audience with her tacky English even as macho becomes ‘maako.’
Image: Bindu with Boman Irani in Main Hoon Naa