Entertainment News, Nation, (Mumbai), August 1:-On the 85th birth anniversary of yesteryear superstar Meena Kumari, Google on Wednesday dedicated a special doodle to ‘The Tragedy Queen’ featuring her in a red sari.
Born on August 1, 1933 to Ali Baksh and Iqbal Begum, as Mahjabeen Bano, Meena Kumari in her 33 years journey in the Indian cinema starred in about 92 films, including ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, ‘Pakeezah’, ‘Mere Apne’, ‘Aarti’, ‘Baiju Bawra’, ‘Parineeta’, ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai’, ‘Foot Path’, ‘Dil Ek Mandir’ and ‘Kaajal’.
Meena Kumari was not just a talented actress but a poet too. She wrote under the pseudonym “Naaz”. “Tanha Chand”, a collection of her poems was published after her death in 1972.
She became the first recipient of the Filmfare award in the “Best Actress category” for her movie “Baiju Bawra” in 1954. Interestingly, Meena Kumari is the only Indian actress to have won three Filmfare nominations for the “Best Actress” category in the same year. This was in the year 1963 when she was nominated for her performances in “Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam”, “Main Chup Rahoongi” and “Aarti”.
Often regarded as a ‘historically incomparable’ actress of the Hindi cinema, Meena Kumari was married to filmmaker and screenwriter Kamal Amrohi.
She passed away on March 31, 1972, due to liver cirrhosis aged 38.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)