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Google Doodle celebrating Meena Kumari’s 85th Birthday

Kumari was a common face featured in several film magazines and beauty soap throughout his career.


Devdiscourse News Desk 31 Jul 2018, 07:05 PM India
  • The directors of Jahan Ara (1964) approached Kumari to play Jahan Ara Begum. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Born Mahjabeen Bano, Meena Kumari was one of the famous Hindi films actresses. She was also a great playback singer. Kumari worked on the film screen from the year 1939 to 1972. She is especially remembered for memorable roles in tragic films and is often referred to as the Cinderella of Indian films. Google Doodle is celebrating her 85th birth anniversary.

In 1957 Meena Kumari appeared on the screen in two films. In the first film, Miss Merry made by Prasad, Kumari worked with South Indian famous actress Gemini Ganesan and Kishore Kumar. The second film by Prasad, Sharda made Meena Kumari the tragedy queen of Indian cinema. 

This was his first film with Raj Kapoor. When all actors of that era had decided not to do the roll, only Meena Kumari accepted this role, and this film earned her the title of the first Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Actress.

Her film Pakeezah and her role in it are still appreciated. A lot of people know about Meena that she was a poet, but she never tried to print her poems. Some of his poems in Urdu have been published later in the name of Naz.

Kumari was a common face featured in several film magazines and beauty soap throughout her career. Her stepson remembers that Meena Kumari was an avid reader of Agatha Christie's novels and was always in the habit of keeping mogra flowers near the bed before sleeping.

The directors of Jahan Ara (1964) approached Kumari to play Jahan Ara Begum. It was the time when Kumari was making films that were commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Meena Kumari entrusted this role to her friend, the actress Mala Sinha. This film not only received the critics' appreciation but also led to a Best Actress nomination at the 12th Filmfare Awards. She died on March 31, 1972, at the age of 38.


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