Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Meena Kumari

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 .

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