Today Google Doodle celebrates Meena Kumari 85th birth anniversary, olden days actress is remembered as the “tragedy queen”. Meena Kumari was bore on 1 Aug 1993 to Ali Baksh and Iqbal Begum, as Mahjabeen Bano. She Faced a poverty-stricken childhood, Bore in a family of theatre artistes. . She was just six years old when she made her debut in “the Leather Face”, produced and directed by Vijay Bhatt.
The iconic histrion has impressed generations together with her memorable performances in movies like “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam”, “Pakeezah”, “Baiju Bawra”, “Yahudi”, “Bahu Begam’, among others. In her career spanning thirty years, she acted in over 90 movies. She symbolised love and loneliness on screen.
Meena Kumari wasn’t just a talented actress however a poet too. She wrote below the pseudonym “Naaz”. “Tanha Chand”, a group of her poems was revealed once her death in 1972. The book was compiled by renowned author Gulzar.
In the album “I write, I recite”, one will hear Meena Kumari recite her poems.
Interestingly, Meena Kumari is that the only Indian actress to own won 3 Filmfare nominations for the “Best Actress” class within the same year. This was within the year 1963 when she was nominated for her performances in “Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam”, “Main Chup Rahoongi” and “Aarti”.