The Google Doodle is remembering the 85th birth anniversary of Meena Kumari, by honouring him with a Google doodle. Meena Kumari, the yesteryear actress is remembered as the "tragedy queen". She was born on August 1, 1933, to Ali Baksh and Iqbal Begum, as Mahjabeen Bano. Being born into a family of theatre artists, 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 veteran 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.
Dhadak fame Jhanvi Kapoor is a new face of bollywood who has constantly been in the news lately. In one of her interviews she expressed her love affection towards the legendary actress Meena Kumari. SH even said that she find this veteran actress very inspiring.
Meena Kumari was not only a fabulous actress but a poetess too. She wrote under the pen name "Naaz". "Tanha Chand", a collection of her poems was published after her death in 1972. The book was compiled by famous writer Gulzar.
In the album "I write, I recite", one can listen to Meena Kumari recite her poems.
Interestingly, Meena Kumari is the only Indian actress to have won three Filmfare nominations for the "Best Actress" category in the same year. This was in the year 1963 when she was nominated for her performances in "Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam", "Main Chup Rahoongi" and "Aarti".
Meena Kumari was just 38 when she died of liver failure, weeks after the release of the movie "Pakeezah". In today's Google Doodle, she is remembered as a courtesan, the role she played in "Pakeezah".