Meena Kumari, an Indian actress

Meena Kumari, an Indian actress

Meena Kumari (1 August 1933– 31 March 1972) was an Indian actress and poet, who worked in Hindi films.

Early Life

She was born on 1 August 1933, Mumbai, India. She said when she was a kid, she didn’t want a career in film, she wanted to go to school. But her parents pushed young Meena to work for film studios. When Vijay Bhatt cast her in Leatherface, she got paid Rs 25 on the first day.


Meena Kumari started acting at four. At first, she mostly worked on Vijay Bhatt’s productions like Leatherface (1939), Adhuri Kahani (1939), Pooja (1940) and Ek Hi Bhool (1940).

She was in more films, like Nai Roshni (1941), Kasauti (1941), Vijay (1942), Garib (1942), Pratiggya (1943) and Lal Haveli (1944). In 1941, Mehboob Khan directed Bahen, which is the only successful film in which she and the director worked together.

In Ramnik Production’s Bachchon Ka Khel (1946), Meena was cast as Meena Kumari. In early films, she not only acted but also sang the songs for movies like Duniya Ek Sarai (1946) and Piya Ghar Aaja(1948). She started making mythology and fantasy films in the late 1940s. In addition to Veer Ghatotkach (1949), Shri Ganesh Mahima (1950), Laxmi Narayan (1951), Hanuman Patal Vijay (1951) and Aladdin Aur Jadui Chirag (1952), credit goes to the following performers. Other films with Kumari include Magroor (1950), Hamara Ghar (1950), Sanam (1951), Madhosh (1951), and Tamasha (1952). Unfortunately, none of these movies had a lasting impact on the audience. Fortunately, she got the film that would make her a star – Vijay Bhatt’s musical Baiju Bawra (1952).

Meena Kumari plays Chhoti Bahu in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, a film directed by Abrar Alvi.

Her last successful movies include Phool Aur Patthar (1966), Mere Apne (1971) and Pakeezah (1972).

In her career, she has worked with actors like Deelip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Raj Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, and Dharmendra.

During her career, she appeared in over 90 movies.


She won four Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. In 1954, she won first Filmfare award for Best Actress for Baiju Bawra. In 1955, she won again, this time for Parineeta. She made history at the 10th Filmfare Awards (1963) when she received all three Best Actress awards for Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. She also won Best Actress at the 13th Filmfare Awards (1966) for Kaajal.


She died on 31 March 1972, Maharashtra, India.

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