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Meena Kumari-Unforgetable beauty of Bollywood films
Blend of beauty and talent
Late Meena Kumari(1932-1972) was , from any angle ,was an actress with a favourite blend of both beauty and talent.She was so talented that she gave certain unforgettable performances on the silver screen and some beautiful pieces of Urdu poetry.Here is a brief introduction
Meena was born in a muslim family in 1932. Her Father was Ali Baksh. Mother was Iqbal Begum.Her father was interesed in acting and he tried to introduce this daughter into film at the age of just 7.She protested it, but inspite of that she got chances.She appeared as girl actress in 1939.Her appearence as a grown up girl started from films like Veer Ghatotkach(1949) and others.She got the leading role in Vijay Datt's famous film-"Baiju Bawra"(1952) which was about a musician.She got the prestigious Filmfare award for that in 1953,
Some of the other film movies are -
Ek Hi Raastha(1956)
Miss Mary (1957)
Dil Apna,preet paraye(1960)
Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam(1962)-Produced by famous directr Gurudutt.
In 1962, she was nominated for 3 best actress awards.
Though so beautiful, talented and money maker, her personal life life was so sad.In 1952,itself, she fell in love with Kamal Amrohi, who was an already married ,talented film directer. They married, but Meena did not get a child. there are sayings that Kamal did not permit her to conceive.From 1962,she was succumbed to alcohols and soon became a heavy drunker to forget her worries.That developed many diseases in her body and finally she surrendered herself to the hands of death on 31st March 1972,just three weeks after the release of her last film -Pakeeza. Actress people like Madhubala, Geetha dutt etc, were her contemporaries.
This was the last film in which Meena acted as heroine.This was produced and directed by Kamal Amrohi. Due to rifts between the two, it took 16 long years to comeplete.
Meena was a good poetess in Urdu. She has scribbled all her sorrows in her poems and they are immortal.One of her poems, rendered into English, reads thus-
'Making love o friend,I went to such extreme
That I forgot where i had been to!'
Meena Kumari is ever remembered by Indian classical movie lovers, as an unforgettable, talented, actress with gracious beauty. Every Indian.who sees her movies,sheds some drops of tears,for her sad life.
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