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Legendary Bollywood actress Meena Kumari remembered on her 85 birth anniversary

8/1/2018

Kolkata, Legendary actress of Bollywood Meena Kumari would have celebrated his 85th birthday, had he been alive. To mark the birth anniversary of the iconic actress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Fondly remembering Meena Kumarion her birth anniversary.” Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene in her tweet said, “Her matchless beauty and effortless talent continues to inspire me to this day! Remembering#MeenaKumari ji.” Renowned journalist Rajat Sharma tweeted, “Remembering Bollywood’s greatest Tragedy Queen the Late#MeenaKumari on her birth anniversary. May her soul rest in eternal peace.” Famous search engine Google Doodle celebrates the 85th birth anniversary of 'tragedy queen' Meena Kumari, who was born as Mahjabeen Bano. Born on this day in 1933, Meena Kumari grew up on camera, lighting up the silver screen from the age of four when she was known as “Baby Meena.” Over time, she emerged as one of Indian cinema’s foremost actors.In today's Google Doodle, she is remembered as a courtesan, the role she played in "Pakeezah". The Google Doodle shows her in a red saree with her signature expression. As shown in today’s Doodle, Kumari captivated audiences with her beautiful, expressive eyes. Appearing in more than 90 films during her 38 year career, she portrayed strong yet vulnerable women who made their own way through life, although they were often devastated by romance. Leading men were so bedazzled by Meena’s presence that Bollywood star Raaj Kumar admitted to flubbing his lines when shooting scenes with her. Today, her screen appearances are studied for flawless moments and the complex emotions she could evoke without uttering a word. In addition to being a talented actress Kumari was also a accomplished poet who recorded an album of her compositions in Urdu titled I Write, I Recite, with music composed by Khayyam. Her legacy as a screen actress in unrivaled in Bollywood history. At India’s prestigious Filmfare awards in 1963, Kumari was the only best actress nominee for her performances in three different films. Meena Kumari went on to set milestones in Indian cinema with her roles in Halaku (1956), Yahudi (1958), Char Dil Char Rahen (1959), Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi (1960), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Main Chup Rahungi, Aarti (all 1962), Benazir (1964), Bahu Begum (1967), Mere Apne (1971) and eventually her swan-song, the long-delayed Pakeezah, completed just before her death in 1972. While known as a tragedienne, she could do comic roles with aplomb too -- as seen in films like Miss Mary (1957), Shararat (1959) and Kohinoor (1960) -- but never got much of a chance in this genre. This was perhaps the biggest tragedy for Meena Kumari. Meena Kumari was just 38 when she died of liver failure, weeks after the release of the movie "Pakeezah".

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