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Raakhee (, ) (born 15 August 1947) is an Indian film actress, who has primarily appeared in Hindi films, as well as several Bengali films. She is popularly known as Raakhee Gulzar after her marriage with lyricist-director Gulzar (Sampooran Singh Kalra).In her career spanning over four decades, Raakhee has won three Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award, among other awards. At the Filmfare, Raakhee has been nominated 16 times (8 for Best Actress and 8 for Best Supporting Actress), which makes her the overall most-nominated performer in the female acting categories.

Early life and education

Rakhee Gulzar was born in Ranaghat, in the Nadia district of West Bengal on early hours of 15 August 1947, it was here that she received her early education in a local girls' school. Her father who had a flourishing shoe business was uprooted from his native village in East Pakistan, modern day Bangladesh, during the partition and thereafter he settled in West Bengal

While still a teenager, Raakhee had an arranged marriage to Bengali film director Ajay Biswas, which ended shortly thereafter.


Raakhee won rave reviews for her first Bengali film Badhu Baran 1967 in Calcutta at the age of 20, after which she was offered the lead role in her first Hindi film, Rajshri Productions Jeevan Mrityu with Dharmendra in 1970, the film went on to become a big hit including its song 'Jhilmil sitaron ka aangan...
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