Born this day in 1932, Meena Kumari, the great Bollywood actress of yore , due to penury and poverty was forced to act as a child artiste at the age of six. This also happened as a quirk of fate , as plain looking Mahazabeen Bano, as she was named then, was not considered even worthy of entering the film line, by her father .It was her mother who took her to some producer/ director As luck would have it , her talent was spotted and her career took off.She acted in many well known films , like Miss Mary, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam , Azaad , Kohinoor, Dil Apna aur Preet Parayi & many others , and last but not the least, Pakeezah which, proved her swan song but also immortalized her.All the songs of the film became hits and were played all over .Perhaps this was the best that Kamal Amrohi , her separated husband and also Director of the film could have done for her. Frustration and loneliness proved too much for her and she took to drinking .It is no secret that while shooting for Pakeezah, Meena Kumari , due to illness, was not able to speak and one Sadhana Khote dubbed for her. This hastened her end as she died in March 1973 at the relatively young age of forty. If Dilip Kumar is the Tragedy King of Hindi cinema, the crown for Tragedy Queen would certainly go to Meena Kumari .