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Asha Parekh talks about Bina Rai and her demise

Posted on: December 7, 2009

Asha Parekh remembers Bina Rai who passed away yesterday

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)


Asha Parekh has lost two of her co-stars in two days. First, it was a little-known actress-producer Chandrakala who worked with Asha in Nasir Husain’s Teesri Manzil (1966). She passed away all of a sudden on December 4 due to a massive heart attack. Besides doing bit roles Chandrakala had also produced films like Pyar Hi Pyar (1969) starring Dharmendra and Vyjanthimala and the Rajesh Khanna starrer Anand (1971).

Asha Parekh

Yesterday, Bina Rai passed away. Best known for her roles in films like Anarkali and Taj Mahal, the 78-year-old actress passed away due to a cardiac arrest.

Talking about the demise of Bina, Asha says, “It happened all of a sudden. I wasn’t even in town. We worked together in one of her best films Ghunghat in 1960 for which she won a Filmfare award. She played Bharat Bhushan’s wife and she was fabulous.”

While working in Ghunghat, Asha was a timid and young supporting actress while Bina Rai was a big star. Talking about her experience of working with the late actress in Ghunghat, Asha says, “Binaji was an introvert. I was the youngest person in the unit. She was my senior and very intimidating. On the sets, she wouldn’t mix around and kept completely to herself. I remember once a co-star was getting a shot repeatedly wrong. The giggler that I am, I kept bursting into giggles. Binaji just stared at me, and then suddenly smiled softly. That was a rare moment of connecting with her.”

Thereafter, Ghunghat director Ramanand Sagar had got very upset with Asha. “After that incident, he scolded me saying that I should know how to behave in front of someone as big as Bina Raiji.”

Asha remembers Bina Rai as a woman of rare elegance. “She was not quite like the average film person. She was always different and detached… one more illustrious soul is gone.”

Bina was married to the late actor Prem Nath, who was filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s brother-in-law. She is survived by two sons, Prem Kishen, a well known television producer who co-owns the television software company, Cinevista, and Kailash Nath (Monty).

(L): Taj Mahal,  Aurat, Bina Rai
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1 Response to "Asha Parekh talks about Bina Rai and her demise"

We pray for her. Let her soul rest in peace. Chandrakala has produced one of blockblaster film of Super Star Rajesh Khanna starrer Anand (1971). This movie will be remembered for ever and ever.

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