Meena Kumari was born on 01 August 1933 in a Muslim family. His childhood name was Mehjabeen. Meena Kumari’s father’s name was Master Ali Baksh who was a Sunni Muslim. Ali Baksh used to work in Parsi theater and also did small roles in many films. Meena Kumari’s mother’s name was Iqbal Begum, whose real name was Prabhavati Devi, a Bengali Christian who had converted to Islam. Iqbal Begum was the second wife of Ali Baksh. Before marrying Ali Baksh, she was a stage actress who used to dance under the name of Kamini. Meena Kumari’s family also had a close relationship with the Tagore family.
Mehja been was affectionately called “Munna” in the house. Mehja been wanted to study in school instead of becoming a child artist, but her parents brought her to the acting field. His first film as a child artist was LeatherFace, for which he got 25 rupees on the very first day.
This film was released in 1939. At the age of only four, Mehjabeen started earning. Mehjabeen was also put in regular school but due to continuous work, her studies were interrupted. In a way, she never went to school and studied by self-education. Mhijib was very fond of reading and often brought books along on the shooting sets.
Meena Kumari Biography
As a child artist, Meena Kumari starred in Leatherface (1939), Adhuri Kahani (1939), Pooja (1940), Ek Bhool (1940), Nayi Roshni (1941), Behen (1941), Kasautii (1941), Worked in Vijay (1942), Garib (1942), Pratigya (1943) and Lal Haveli (1944). Meena Kumari was first cast under the name Meena Kumari in the 1946 film Bacho Ka Khel.
His mother died on 25 March 1947 due to lung cancer. Meena Kumari in the beginning of Duniya Ek Sarai (1946), Piya Ghar Aaja (1947) and Bichde Balam (1948), Veer Ghatotkach (1949), Shree Ganesh Mahima (1950), Lakshmi Narayan (1951), Hanuman Patal Vijay (1951) and Worked in Alladdin and Magic Lamp (1952) etc.
Meena Kumari had created a stir in the audience with the 1952 film Baiju Bawra, for which she received her first Filmfare Award. Meena Kumari received her second Filmfare Award in 1953 for the film Parineeta, which was directed by Bimal Roy. In 1957, she worked with Raj Kapoor for the first time in the film Sharda.
In 1962, he received his third Filmfare Award for Sahab Bibi Aur Ghulam. In 1965, he received his fourth Filmfare Award for the film Kajal. In this way she was nominated for Best Actress by Filfare 12 times, out of which she was successful four times.
Meena Kumari had married Kamal Amrohi on 14 February 1952, but in 1964 both of them got divorced and after that Meena Kumari got addicted to drugs. In 1968, he had a fatal disease related to the liver. For this he took treatment in London and Switzerland. Although she returned to India after recovery, she became very weak.
After illness, her performance was appreciated in the only film Pakeezah in which she was in the lead role. Three weeks after the release of Pakeezah, Meena Kumari fell seriously ill. Meena Kumari died on 31 March 1972 after being in a coma for two days. Due to the turmoil in the life of Meena Kumari, she is also called the tragedy queen of Bollywood.