Yesterday’s screen queen Reena Roy is all set to make a comeback. “Now that my daughter is grown and I don’t have to be around all the time, I feel like I could do some work again,” says Reena, who in the 1970s and 80s was part of a string of super hits like Kalicharan, Jaise Ko Taisa, Nagin, They were sleeping and Asa.
Reena Roy reveals she rejected Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Heeramandi for ‘lack of substance’. says, “There was no story for my character”
“It was a great turnout. I was stuck around the clock, sometimes shooting for 2-3 films at a time, luckily for me, most of my films turned out to be hits. But then I took a break. I was exhausted and I needed time for my daughter,” confesses one of the reigning queens of her time.
Now Rina wants to work again. Accepts OTT offers.
“I was suggested Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s wonderful series Heeramandi on Netflix. But the role had no substance. I just had to perform a Mujra and get out. Where did my character come from? Because he was in one kotha? How did it get there? There was no story for my character. Unfortunately I had to say no, although I would love to work with Mr Bhansali,” says Reena.
He remembers playing tawaif years ago. “In Rocky which was Sanjay Dutt’s debut I had a small but well-etched role as a tawaif. There was a flashback with villain Ranjeet to justify how I get there. Although the role was small, it left an impact. I don’t mind doing just a few scenes. But my character shouldn’t be there just for the heck of it.”
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