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Meena Kumari (Begum Mahjabeen Bux)

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Biography

Bombay, India
Born 1933 into a poor Parsee theatre family of Ali Bux and dancer Iqbal begum in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Entered films to support family in difficult times. She was six when hired for Leatherface (1939) in 1939 by Vijay Bhatt and named Baby Meena. Later she became Meena Kumari when cast for Bhatt's Baiju Bawra (1952). She did mythological films with Homi Wadia and then comedies like Miss Mary (1957). She became personified as the archetypal good Hindu wife through many roles, long suffering and always true to the man. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Shobha

Azaad 1955

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Character: Miss Mary / Laxmi

Miss Mary 1957

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Character: Sharada Ram Sharan

Sharada 1957

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Character: Chhoti Bahu

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam 1962

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Character: Naaz Ara Begum

Gazal 1964

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Character: Meena R. Singh

Abhilasha 1968

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Character: Vidya

Jawab 1970

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Character: Nargis / Sahibjaan

Pakeezah 1972

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Character: Leela

Sahara 1958

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Character: Aarti Gupta

Aarti 1962

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