Today Google Doodle is celebrating 85th Birth anniversary of legendary actress Meena Kumari also popularly known as the Bollywood’s original ‘Tragedy Queen’. Besides acting, she had nailed her skills in singing and poetry under the famous name “Naaz”.
Meena Kumari was born on August 1, 1933 in a poor family of theatre artist. Her father Ali Bux was a sunni muslim who migrated from the Bhera, Punjab province of Pakistan and her mother Iqbal Begum originally known as Prabhawati Devi was a Bengali Christian but converted to Islam after the marriage.
Her 33 acting career span started at an early age of 4 years with the screen name Baby Meena. Meena Kumari’s Bollywood debut started with the movie Bachhon Ka Khel (1946). Being as the versatile actress of different persona, she was titled as “historically incomparable” actress of Bollywood by the Indian film critics.
In 1952, the actress got secretly married to filmmaker Kamal Amrohi but never had children of their own as she happily accepted Amrohi’s children from the past marriage.
However, their marriage did not last with compatibility as both gets separated in 1964 which led actress to live in emptiness and she gets into depression thus finally ending up as being addicted to alcohol. Soon, Meena Kumari’s health gets deteriorates and she breathed her last breath on 30 March 1972 immediately after her best movie Parkeezah.
She was a regular recipient of Filmfare awards and once created history by receiving all the four nominations in 10th Filmfare Awards in 1963.
Besides Parkeezah, she has nailed her performance in movies like Foot Path, Dil Ek mandir, Parineeta, Baiju Bawra, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and kaajal. Meena Kumari was counted as one the female actress who struggled in 50’s and 60’s era and was an epitome of typical Indian Woman (Bharatiya Nari) By the Indian Film industry.