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Google Dedicates Doodle To Mark Meena Kumari’s 85th Birth Anniversary


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Mumbai: Google on Wednesday dedicated a special doodle featuring the late yesteryear actress Meena Kumari, as a tribute marking her 85th anniversary. The doodle features the actress in a red saree, with star-lit night sky in the background.

Born as Mahjabeen Bano on 1 August 1933, Meena Kumari was an Indian film actress, singer and poet who used the pseudonym “Naaz”. Popularly known as Tragedy Queen, she is also called Female Guru Dutt of Hindi Cinema and often remembered as the Cinderella of Indian films.

The actress started her career as a child artist when she was four. After this, she went on to star in 90+ films in her career spanning across 33 years. She is remembered for her iconic roles of Sahibjaan in Pakeezah and Chhoti Bahu in Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam.

Despite an illustrious film career, the actress lead a sad life. She married Kamal Amrohi in 1952 but things went wrong and the couple were separated. The actress soon became addicted to alcohol and started writing Urdu poems which reflected her heartfelt sorrow and dejection with life.

The talented actor was the receipient of several awards including four Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress category. She was also the recipient of the inaugural Filmfare Awards (1954) Best Actress Award for Baiju Bawra and had a consecutive win in the second Filmfare Awards (1955) for Parineeta. Kumari further created history at the 10th Filmfare (1963) by receiving all of the nominations for Best Actress and won for her performance in Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam. In the 13th Filmfare (1966), Kumari won her last Best Actress Filmfare award for Kaajal.

Three weeks after Pakeezah’s release, Meena Kumari got seriously ill and passed away on 31 March 1972 due to liver cirrhosis at the age of 38. She was buried at Rehmatabad Cemetery, located at Narialwadi near Mazgaon in Mumbai.