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Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari Meena Kumari (1932-1972) acted in her first film at the age of six. She shot into stardom in the early fifties as the tragic heroine with the release of Baiju Bawra (1952). By 1953, Meena Kumari had starred in three other commercially successful films--Daera, Do Bigha Zameen and Parineeta. Parineeta became a turning point in her career. Her evocative portrayal of the perennially suffering Indian woman struck a responsive chord in millions of women. Her studied reserve, chaste diction and extraordinary voice ensured her place in the hearts of the Indian movie-going public. She married Kamal Amrohi who directed some of her best films. She was also a poet in her own right, and was able to lend to the characters she played a certain poetic tenderness and intensity. A collection of her poems in Urdu under the pen name Naaz was published after her death. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Dil Ek Mandir, Phool Aur Pathar and Pakeezah (1971), jointly conceived with her husband, was completed shortly before her tragic death in 1972 and was were among her most memorable films.

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