Meena Kumari Wiki/Biography
Meena Kumari was born on 1st August 1933 to Master Ali Bux and Iqbal Begum in Meetawala Chawl, Dadar East, Bombay, British India. Her mother Iqbal Begum was a stage actress and dancer under the stage name “Kamini” and was related to the well known Tagore family of Bengal. Khursheed Jr. (Actress Shama) was her elder sister and Mahliqa (also known as Madhu) is her half-sister.
On 14 February 1952 Meena Kumari, 18, and Kamal Amrohi, 34, secretly got married in a simple “Niqah” ceremony in the presence of a Qadi and Kumari’s younger sister, Mahliqa (Madhu). The Niqah paper was witnessed by Baqar Ali (Kamal Amrohi’s friend and assistant) and Qadi’s two sons, and signed in the name of Mahjabeen Bano (Meena Kumari’s real name) and Syed Ameen Haider (Kamal Amrohi’s real name). After the ceremony, the newlyweds parted. Amrohi left for Sion and Meena and Madhu returned home.
Meena Kumari Physical Appearance
She is 5 ft 3 inches (163 cm) tall and weighs around 60 Kg (132 lbs). Her figure measurement are 34-28-36. She has brown eyes with black hair compliments her complexion.
Meena Kumari Career
Mahjabeen said as a child that she was not interested in a film career, and would rather attend school. In spite of this, her parents started peddling four-year-old Mahjabeen to film studios for work opportunities. Director Vijay Bhatt cast her in the film Leatherface and on her first day she was paid Rs. 25.
She began acting when she was four. She initially worked mostly in Vijay Bhatt productions; Leatherface (1939), Adhuri Kahani (1939), Pooja (1940) and Ek Hi Bhool (1940). Vijay Bhatt rechristened Mahjabeen as “Baby Meena” during the filming of Ek Hi Bhool (1940).
More films followed for baby Meena, namely Nai Roshni (1941), Bahen (1941), Kasauti (1941), Vijay (1942), Garib (1942), Pratiggya (1943) and Lal Haveli (1944).
Meena Kumari Death Cause
After their marriage, Kamal Amrohi allowed Meena Kumari to continue her acting career, but on the conditions that she should not remit anyone in her makeup room but her makeup artist and return home in her own car by 6:30 every evening. Meena Kumari agreed to all terms, but with passing time she kept breaking them.
Meena Kumari was a patient of chronic insomnia and was on sleeping pills for a long time. In 1968, she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of liver.
On 28 March 1972, she was admitted to St Elizabeth’s Nursing Home. She went into coma two days later and died shortly afterwards on 31 March 1972.
As per husband Kamal Amrohi’s wish, she was buried at Rehmatabad Cemetery, located at Narialwadi, Mazgaon, Mumbai.