Meena Kumari (I) (1933–1972)


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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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Kaajal Madhavi
(1965)
The Fiancee Lalita
(1953)
Pakeezah Nargis / Sahibjaan
(1972)
Baiju Bawra Gauri
(1952)

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 1972 Gomti Ke Kinare
Ganga
 1972 Pakeezah
Nargis / Sahibjaan
 1971 Dushmun
Malti
 1971 Mere Apne
Anandi Devi / Auaji (Aunt)
 1971/II Seema
 1970 Jawab
Vidya
 1970 Saat Phere
 1969 Buddimantudu
 1968 Abhilasha
Meena R. Singh
 1968 Baharon Ki Manzil
Nanda / Radha
 1967 Bahu Begum
Zeenat Jahan Begum
 1967 Bhagya Mudra
 1967 Chandan Ka Palna
Shobha Rai
 1967 Majhli Didi
Hema
 1967 Noorjehan
Mehrunnisa / Noor Jehan
 1967 Sudigundaalu
 1966 Pinjre Ke Panchhi
Heena Sharma
 1966 Phool Aur Patthar
Shanti Devi
 1965 Bheegi Raat
Neelima
 1965 C.I.D
 1965 Kaajal
Madhavi
 1965 Purnima
Purnima
 1964 Chitralekha
Chitralekha
 1964 Gazal
Naaz Ara Begum
 1964 Sanjh Aur Savera
Gauri
 1964 Maain Bhi Ladki Hun
Rajni
 1964 Benazir
Benazir
 1963 Akeli Mat Jaiyo
Seema (as Meenakumari)
 1963 Dil Ek Mandir
Sita
 1963 Kinare Kinare
Neelu
 1962 Aarti
Aarti Gupta
 1962 Main Chup Rahungi
Gayetri
 1962 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
Chhoti Bahu
 1962/I Dakshayagnam
 1961 Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan
Geeta
 1961 Pyaar Ka Saagar
Radha / Rani
 1961 Zindagi Aur Khwab
Shanti
 1960 Bahaana
 1960 Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
Karuna
 1960 Kohinoor
Princess Chandramukhi
 1959 Four Faces of India
Chavli
 1959 Jagir
 1959 Madhu
 1959 Satta Bazaar
Jamuna
 1959 Shararat
 1959 Ardhangini
Chhaya
 1959 Chand
Vimla
 1958 Farishta
Shobha
 1958 Savera
 1958 Yahudi
Hannah / Lydia
 1958 Sahara
Leela
 1957 Miss Mary
Miss Mary / Laxmi
 1957 Sharada
Sharada Ram Sharan
 1956 Bandhan
Vani
 1956 Halaku
Niloufer Nadir
 1956 Naya Andaz
 1956 Shatranj
Sandhya
 1956 Jayam Manade
 1956 Ek-Hi-Rasta
Malti
 1956 Guru Ghantal
 1956 Mem Sahib
Meena
 1955 Azaad
Shobha
 1955 Bandish
Usha Sen
 1955 Adil-E-Jahangir
Zarina
 1955 Rukhsana
 1954 Baadbaan
 1954 Chandni Chowk
Zarina
 1954 Ilzam
 1953 Daaera
Sheetal
 1953 Dana Paani
 1953 Foot Path
Mala
 1953 The Fiancee
Lalita
 1953 Do Bigha Zamin
Thakurain
 1953 Naulakha Haar
Bijma
 1952 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Princess Badar
 1952 Tamasha
Kiran
 1952 Baiju Bawra
Gauri
 1951 Madhosh
Soni
 1951 Sanam
Rani-Sadhna's Friend
 1950 Anmol Ratan
 1950 Hamara Ghar
 1950 Proud
 1950 Shri Ganesh Mahima
Satyabhama
 1949 Veer Ghatotkach
Surekha
 1947 Piya Ghar Aja
 1944 Lal Haveli
Young Mukta (as Baby Meena)
 1943 Pratiggya
 1942 Garib (as Baby Meena)
 1941 Bahen
Bina, as a child (as Baby Meena)
 1941 Kasauti (as Baby Meena)
 1941 Nai Roshni
 1940 Ek Hi Bhool
 1940 Pooja
 1939 Leatherface
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Other Works:

Tanha Chand, Urdu poems under name Naaz

Alternate Names:

Baby Meena | Meenaji | Meenakumari | Meena

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Trivia:

Fiji Indian born, Bhaichand Patel's book "Iam a Stranger Here Myself -an unreliable memoir" has stories of Meena Kumari in her last days. He worked with Meena's lawyer Rajni Sharma and Kishore Sharma (Mehmood's ex wife's new husband). See more »

Nickname:

Manju

Star Sign:

Leo

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