Rakshabandhan is approaching, and certainly, you will get to listen to one of the “old is gold” songs, i.e. Mere Bhaiyaa Mere Chanda. Did you know that Meena Kumari is featured in this song? Yes, this song is from one of the movies of this beauty queen of the B-Town, “Kaajal” (1965). Not just this, a lot of her romantic songs have also been immensely popular, among them are: Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi from “Pakeezah” (1972) and Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Yeh from “Dil Apna Preet Parai” (1960).
This legendary actress is known for acting talent and beauty. And, today is her birthday.
On the occasion of the Meena Kumari’s birthday, Google has dedicated a doodle that depicts a multi-faceted artist Meena Kumari in her ‘tragedy queen’ look. She is seen in this doodle wearing a red saree with minimal gold ornaments and loose tresses and her expressions are as expressive as ever. This doodle pays a tribute to this “tragedy queen” of B-town on her 85th birth anniversary.
Meena Kumari’s life story is quite dramatic as she made her entry into the film industry as a child actor at the age of four. Kumari’s fame followed her even when she got married to the director-producer, Kamal Amrohi.
An uproarious family life and separation preceded when she died at an untimely age of 39 due to liver cirrhosis. Even today, more than forty years after her death, there are few artists who have carved out a place in the public memory as she has. Her ability to emote the unconstraint and delicacy that her characters required is unmatched.
During the period of her 33 years, Meena Kumari acted in over 90 movies, exploring in a wide variety of roles, for which she is popularly also known as “Tragedy Queen.” Kumari’s most famous films are Guru Dutt’s Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and, her final work, Pakeezah. The movie ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ went on to achieve classic status and was India’s official entry for the Oscars in 1962.
In each of her films, she played a role of characters with such complex emotions like a woman in love, bhabhi, bahu, mother or a troubled woman, that the audiences are pined to go deeper into the mind of the characters. Clearly, she went beyond what she conveyed from the depth of her self-being, while, no director can order her. Ms. Parsai had offered her the role of “Sharda” movie in, which Meena Kumari played the character that is forced to get marry the father of the man she loves and “Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan,” where Kumari transcends with ease from a loving wife to a misunderstood bhabhi with unfulfilled motherhood.
Here are some facts about this beautiful legend:
Due to charismatic personality, Meena Kumari was also called as the ‘Female Guru Dutt’ of Hindi films.
She was famous since her childhood as an actress, and known as “Baby Meena”.
She started working in her childhood due to her poor economic status of her family.
Her first role was in Farzand-e-Watan, directed by Vijay Bhatt.
Her original name was Mehajabeen Bano. She was born on August 01, 1933.
She was also a playback singer.
She has bagged 4 Filmfare awards in the category of Best Actress, and in fact, she was the first recipient of the first Filmfare 1954 in the same category for the movie, Baiju Bawra.