Young Mahjabeen wanted to study but family conditions inspired her to take up acting as career.
'Baiju Bawra' (1952) brought her the fame she deserved. Meena Kumari played the multi-layered character of Gauri in the film.
Meena Kumari married Kamal Amrohi in 1952 but their relationship didn't meet a happy ending. They divorced in 1964.
Kamal Amrohi and Meena Kumari collaborated again in 'Pakeezah' (1972), which was in making since many years. Nargis remains one of her most memorable roles.
Meena Kumari might not have got what she wanted in real life but her celluloid life will keep her alive in our memories forever.
She received unprecedented success as a suffering woman. Her character became the reflection of the traditional Indian woman in many ways.
Meena Kumari's portrayal of Choti Bahu in Abrar Alvi's 'Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam' was the epitome of sorrow. Till 1962, Meena Kumari had become an alcoholic.
Meena Kumari was born as Mahjabeen Bano to Ali Baksh and Iqbal Begum. Her father was a theatre person and poet.
Mahjabeen started acting as baby Meena. 'Farzand-E-Watan' (1939) was her first film.
Very soon, Meena Kumari became a film heroine and started appearing in mythological films like 'Veer Ghatotkch' and 'Shri Ganesh Mahima'.
This was just a beginning as Meena Kumari did fantastic films such aa 'Parineeta' (1953), 'Ek Hi Raasta' (1956), 'Sharda' (1957) and 'Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi' (1960) after this.
Meena Kumari, one of the early superstars of the Indian cinema, was born on August 1, 1932. She breathed her last on March 31, 1972. She experienced almost every emotion of life in a short span of 39 years.