Meena Kumari

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Meena Kumari

Born: 1 August 1933

Died: 31 March 1972

  • She was an Indian film actress, singer and poet under the pseudonym Naaz, who starred in classic films of Hindi Cinema.
  • Popularly known as The Tragedy Queen, Chinese Doll and Female Guru Dutt, she is often remembered as Cinderella of Indian films.
  • She was active between 1939-1972.
  • Indian film critics regarded her as a “historically incomparable” actress of Hindi cinema.
  • In a career spanning 33 years, she starred in about 92 films such as Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Pakeezah, Mere Apne, Aarti, Baiju Bawra, Parineeta, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, Foot Path, Dil Ek Mandir and Kaajal.
  • She won four Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress category.
  • She was the recipient of the inaugural Filmfare Best Actress Award for Baiju Bawra in 1954 and had a consecutive win in the second Filmfare Awards (1955) for Parineeta.
  • She made history at the 10th Filmfare Awards (1963), by receiving all of the nominations for Best Actress and won for her performance in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.
  • In the 13th Filmfare Awards (1966), she won her last Best Actress award for Kaajal.
  • The greatest hallmark of Meena Kumari laid in her ability to depict the struggle of Indian women existing especially in the 50s and 60s.
  • Her on-screen persona is described as a perfect example of a traditional Bharatiya Nari by the Indian film fraternity, such as Mohammed Zahur Khayyam and Javed Akhtar.
  • Her portrayal of “Sahibjaan”, a nautch girl with a golden heart in Pakeezah under Kamal Amrohi’s direction became a historical document.

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