Published On: Sat, Aug 1st, 2015

The tragedy queen of Bollywood ‪‎Meena Kumari‬ would have been 83 today۔





The beautiful, mesmerizing and legendary actress Meena Kumari’s 83rd birth anniversary is today.

Meena Kumari, the legendary tragedy queen of Indian cinema was one of the most beloved actresses of all times in Hindi cinema and she continues to live deep into the hearts of people even today. She is invariably called the ‘Tragedy Queen’ and her work is considered immortal.. Her classic contributions include Parineeta, Baiju Bawra, SahIb Biwi aur Ghulam and Pakeezah.



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The Chaudhvin Ka Chand of Hindi cinema, Meena Kumari was not just blessed with good looks and astonishing acting skills, but she was also a woman much ahead of her times. Perhaps this is what led to her catharsis.

A free bird trapped inside her unregimented self, Meena Kumari’s life was a sad tale of success, unfulfilled love and destruction. A blighted life, that she thought it was-did not give her any joy and ended in pain and penury. But to the world she gave a dazzling heritage of classic films that would last till posterity.


She was also one of the great urdu poets of the land and has written beautiful sad poems in her lonely days! She also recorded an album of her own poetry in her own voice which was her dream project of life. She has significant contributions as an actress as well as a child actress baby Meena who started at the age of just six years



During a career spanning 30 years from her childhood to her death, Meena Kumari acted in more than ninety films, most of which are regarded as classics today.

It was on 31 March 1972 when Meena Kumari, one of the greatest actresses of the Hindi movies, passed away leaving her fans shocked, dazed and stunned. That was 43 years ago. She still remains unsurpassed—ever green, ever fresh in the memories of the cine goers of yester years .


Meena Kumari has always been an enigma. Considered as one of the prominent actresses of the Hindi film industry, Meena Kumari has been part of many a classic and cult movies. Termed as the tragedy queen of the industry, the actress’ performance was praised throughout her acting career. She immortalised in some of the most scintillating performances that ever lit up the screens of Hindi cinema.


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Born as Mahjabeen Bano, she made her acting debut with ‘Farzand-e-Watan’ at the age of 7, but gained fame in 1952 with the movie ‘Baiju Bawra’.The first Filmfare Award for Best Actress was conferred on her, in 1953, for her role in ‘Baiju Bawra’. She received her fourth one for the iconic film ‘Kaajal’. And ‘Pakeezah’, which released three weeks before she passed away, is a stellar all – time classic today.


She has been part of movies like ‘Parineeta’, ‘Aarti’, ‘Main Chup Rahungi’. ‘Dil Ek Mandir’, ‘Phool Aur Patthar’ and ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’.

She rose from dust to reach the heights and was back to how she began when she breathed her last. It’s a life richer in experience than most of us will ever live through.

Meena Kumari died of liver cirrhosis on March 31 1972, just three weeks after the release of ‘Pakeezah’.




About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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