Meena Kumari

Updated: 03, Apr, 2008 08:45 AM | By: Amrit

Meena Kumari was a famous Hindi film actress and poet. Her birth name was Mahjabeen Bano. She was born on August 1, 1932 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She is popularly known as 'The Tragedy Queen' because of her dramatic and sorrow roles in films. At the age of 7, she started her film career and got the new name 'Baby Meena'. In 1939 she made her acting debut with a movie 'Farzand-e-Watan' which was directed by Vijay Bhatt. She gained popularity in 1952 with her block buster movie 'Baiju Bawra' opposite noted actor Bharat Bhushan. In 1972, Vinod Mehta wrote biography of her titled 'Meena Kumari'. In 1963, she won 'Best Actress' award for her movie 'Aarti'. She also won 'Filmfare Awards' for her outstanding performances in movies. In 2011, a postage stamp was released by India’s Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology in order to honour this great personality. On March 31, 1972 Meena Kumari died due to liver cirrhosis.

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Date of Birth August 1, 1932
Full Name Meena Kumari
Marital Status Married
Place of Birth Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac Sign Leo
Height 5' 3"
Occupation Actress
Other Names Meena Kumari
Spouse Kamal Amrohi

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