Meena Kumari, the ‘Tragedy Queen’ remembered in Google Doodle

Meena Kumari, the ‘Tragedy Queen’ remembered in Google Doodle

Today Google Doodle is celebrating Meena Kumari’s 85th birthday. She is remembered by all as the ‘tragedy queen’. She was born on 1st August 1993 as Mahjabeen Bano. Her parent’s name Ali Baksh and Iqbal Begum, who were theatre artists. During her early childhood, Meena Kumari faced poverty. At the age of 6 years, she made her first debut in The Leather Face, which was directed and produced by Vijay Bhatt.

Meena Kumari with her outstanding performances in Pakeezah’, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, ‘Yahud’i, ‘Baiju Bawra’ and ‘Bahu Begun’ has inspired generations. Her acting life was for 30 years, over this span she played in more than 90 movies. The iconic actress on the screen used to symbolize love and loneliness.

She was not just a brilliant actress but also a poetess. She under alias wrote ‘Naaz.’  However, a collection of her poems, ‘Tanha Chand’ was published in the year 1972, after her death. The poetry collection book was assembled by Gulzar, the famous writer.

“I write, I recite” a famous album of her, in which one can list the ‘tragedy queen’ reciting her poems.

Most importantly, she is the only Indian actress till date, who has won three nominations for the category of ‘Best Actress’ in the same year 1963. She was nominated for her incredible performance in ‘Main Chup Rahoongi’, ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam’, and ‘Aarti’.

The marvelous actress Meena Kumari died in her early age of 38 due to liver failure, just a week after the release of ‘Pakeezah.’ In Google Doodle today, she is remembered as a courtesan, the part she played in ‘Pakeezah.


by Chandrani Sarkar on August 1, 2018

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