Google Doodle remembers "Tragedy Queen" Meena Kumari

NEW DELHI: Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 85th birth anniversary of Meena Kumari, the yesteryear actress remembered as the "tragedy queen". Meena Kumari was born on August 1, 1933, to Ali Baksh and Iqbal Begum, as Mahjabeen Bano. Born in a family of theatre artistes, she faced a poverty-stricken childhood. She was just six years old when she made her debut in "the Leather Face", produced and directed by Vijay Bhatt.

The iconic actress has inspired generations with her memorable performances in movies like "Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam", "Pakeezah", "Baiju Bawra", "Yahudi", "Bahu Begam', among others. In her career spanning 30 years, she acted in over 90 movies. She symbolised love and loneliness on screen.

Meena Kumari was not just a talented actress but a poetess too. She wrote under the pseudonym "Naaz". "Tanha Chand", a collection of her poems was published after her death in 1972. The book was compiled by famous writer Gulzar.



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