Veteran actress Meena Kumari was born in a Muslim family and she was the youngest of the three siblings. Her original name was Mahjabeen Bano, but people recognize her with her filmy name as Meena Kumari.
The actresses wanted to pursue studies, but her family's the
financial condition didn't allow her to do so. The actress started
working in films at the tender age of seven. She played the role of
a child artist in the film Farzand-E-Watan which released in the
year 1939. The actress was fondly called as Baby Meena in her early
days. Meena Kumari did a few mythological films like Ghatotkatch
and Shri Ganesh Mahima which released in the years 1949 and 1950
But, Meena Kumari established herself as a heroine with the film
Baiju Bawara in which she was paired opposite veteran actor Bharat
Bhushan. The actress was appreciated for her role in the film and
also won her first Best Actress Award in the year 1953 for this
Meena Kumari did a lot of women-oriented films and her
characters showed the on tragedies in the life of a woman. This
resulted in the actress getting the title of Tragedy Queen of
Sahib Biwi Aur
Ghulam was the first major hit film of her career in which the
actress essayed the role of an alcoholic wife. Her role of Choti
bahu in the film was largely based on her real life. She continued
to entertain the audiences with her stunning performances in films
like Dil Ek Mandir, Kaajal and Phool Aur Patthar.
Meena Kumari was linked up with actor Dharmendra with whom she
shared the screen space in the film Phool Aur Pathar. The actress
said to be attracted towards lyricist Gulzar when they were
shooting for the film Mere Apne.
is the most memorable film of her career, the shooting of the film
was stopped mid-way after the actress fell seriously ill. The
actress got addicted to alcohol and was taken to London and
Switzerland for treatment. Meena Kumari married director Kamal Amrohi
in the year 1952 but her married life didn't succeed as the actor
parted ways after a few years.
Take a look at Meena Kumari's life in pictures.
Meena Kumari was paired opposite actor Bharat Bhushan. Vijay
Bhatt directed this movie which was released in the year 1952.
Baiju Bawra was a period drama set during the time of
Meena Kumari played the role of Latita in the film. Parineeta
was based on the Sharat Chand's popular novel of the same name. She
shared the screen space with actor Ashok Kumar in this film. She
bagged the Best Actress Award for her performance in the
Aplam Chaplam was the hit song of the film, which is popular
even today. Meena Kumari teamed up with veteran actor Dilip Kumar
for Azaad. The movie was directed by Sriramulu Naidu which was
released in the year 1955.
Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam
This was her first commercial hit film and the actress was
appreciated for the role of Choti Bahu. Meena Kumari was paired
opposite actor Guru Dutt in this classic. Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam
released in the year 1962.
Phool Aur Patthar
Meena Kumar was linked up with her co-star Dharmendra during the
shooting of this film. The movie was released in the year 1966 and
directed by OP Ralhan.
Meena Kumari would always be remembered for her stunning
performance in this film, which also happened to be her last. The
film's shooting was delayed many a times, as the actress fell
seriously ill during the production stage. A few days after the
film's release Bollywood's tragedy queen passed away. Pakeezah was
directed by her husband Kamal Amrohi and was released in the year