Meena Kumari – Actress of Hindi silver screen
Meena Kumari – Actress of Hindi silver screen:
This name is quite sufficient to bring her picture before admirers’ eyes and everybody would start feeling a typical familiar attachment with this actress of Hindi silver screen. Not yet completed 40 years of life and she said bye to this world…no need to go deep in the reasons behind her untimely exit, but though 50+ years have passed from that sorrowful date 31.3.1972, we all are so dearly remember this perfect ‘Tragic Queen’…and she was a master to this craft. Meena Kumari, without a single shed of doubt, was one of the finest actresses in the history of Indian Cinema and so truly deserves the tribute as the Great with any meter. Was she only able to express her acting skill in tragic roles ?
When we start talking about her merit enshrined as the long suffering, traditional Indian Woman or perfect face for the tragic roles, we are bound to know there were many different or ample gems in her prowess beyond white saris and eyes all time shedding tears. “Baiju Bawara…Ek Hi Raasta… Parineeta… Sharada… Aarati…Dil Apna Aur Prit Parai…Kinare Kinare…Dil Ek Mandir…Phool Aur Patthar” are few examples that proved and stamped her name as Tragedy Queen. The topper, among all, was of course “Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam”. This movie so rightly declared as the milestone of career of Meena Kumari and her role as “Chhoti Bahu” successfully became household name all over the country even though she was portrayed as an alcoholic wife. This was her ultimate role and even today whenever we talk about her acting abilities, people automatically remember her either for “Koyee durse awaaz de chalo aao…” or that all time “Pakeezah” hit, “Enhi logone le leena dupatta mera…”. Pakeezah was her last movie and public magically enthralled to see Meena’s beauty in seven colors, though there are many who always prefer to see her in Black and White. So much success in such roles, but it is indeed very unfair to label Meena Kumari only as a tragedienne whereas her comic touch with certain movies of her period have grossed huge success viz. Miss Mary with Gemini Ganeshan, Kohinoor and Azad with doyen Dilip Kumar. Her chemistry with Dilip Kumar in Kohinoor was so remarkable that it is quite a joy to watch these two great artists of all time enjoying their respective roles in so jolly manners and that’s the sole reason of the grand success of the movie. Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, Sunil Dutt, Guru Dutt, Dharmendra these were the names of heroes of their respective period and Meena Kumari was there to take part with them in equal form. She never ever appeared merely as a heroine ready to sing a song for a hero. She attended and appeared in almost regal ways of her own. Here is one song to remember her role in “Akeli Mat Jaiyo” since that was the movie where she was not to perform any tragic role and her dancing gaily with those dolls…it’s a dream scene. Those cute dollies are singing the song to caution this Cinderella Meena since she is so eager to meet her Prince on way…. “Nainon Mein Kajra Daal Ke Zulfon Mein Gajra Dal Ke Akeli Mat Jaiyo…” . We miss you Miss Mary !!