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Meena Kumari is a Actor, Scriptwriter and Costume Design Indian born on 1 august 1933 at Mumbai (Inde)

Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Birth name Mahjabeen Bano
Nationality Inde
Birth 1 august 1933 at Mumbai (Inde)
Death 31 march 1972 (at 38 years) at Mumbai (Inde)
Awards Filmfare Awards

Meena Kumari (1 August 1932 – 31 March 1972), born Mahjabeen Bano, was an Indian film actress and poet. She is regarded as one of the most prominent actresses to have appeared on the screens of Hindi Cinema. During a career spanning 30 years from her childhood to her death, she starred in more than ninety films, many of which have achieved classic and cult status today. She is regarded as one of the geatest Hindi movie actresses of all time.

Kumari gained a reputation for playing grief-stricken and tragic roles, and her performances have been praised and reminisced throughout the years. Like one of her best-known roles, Chhoti Bahu, in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Kumari became addicted to alcohol. Her life and prosperous career were marred by heavy drinking, troubled relationships, an ensuing deteriorating health, and her death from liver cirrhosis in 1972. Kumari is often cited by media and literary sources as "The Tragedy Queen", both for her frequent portrayal of sorrowful and dramatic roles in her films and her real-life story.


One of the first biographies of Meena Kumari was written just after her death by Vinod Mehta in the year 1972. It was titled Meena Kumari: A Classic Biography.

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Filmography of Meena Kumari (108 films)

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The Car
The Car (1997)

Directed by Rajasenan
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Jayaram, Janardhanan, Kalabhavan Mani, Sreelekshmi, Meena Kumari, Bindu Panicker
Roles Janakiyamma
Rating58% 2.91422.91422.91422.91422.9142
Mahadevan (Jayaram) and Kumaran (Janardhanan) work in a small firm and are room mates renting from Janakiamma (Meena). One day, luck comes to them when Mahadevan wins a car as the first prize of a promotional contest held by a washing-powder brand. Meanwhile, a murderer, Ambrose (Abu Salim) is after Maya. By mistake, both the murderer and Mahadevan get the same tag number on their cars' license plates. The murderers try a hit-and-run attack on Maya, but she escapes. She thinks that Mahadevan who did it. Mahadevan gets arrested by sub-inspector Cherian (Kalabhavan Mani) according to Maya's complaint. But due to lack of proper evidence, he's released with a warning. After getting through problems one after another, Mahadevan finds the real killers and their car. He tells Maya about the killers who attempted for her life. Shockingly it is revealed that one of the killers is Maya's Vishnu who is after her wealth. Vishnu tries to kill Maya, but Mahadevan stops him. In an attempt to kill Mahadevan and Maya, Vishnu dies by falling on a sharp object. In an attempt to dump his body, the couple is stopped by Vishnu's accomplice, Ambrose. He's enraged by his friend's death and tries to kill Mahadevan and Maya. But ends up at the dead end of the road, where the cops were waiting for him with an armed force. The car catches fire from the gunshots and explodes, killing him. The film ends with sub-inspector Cherian thanking Mahadevan and Maya, for their help and support.
Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava, 2h24
Directed by Rajasenan
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Jayaram, Narendra Prasad, Rajan P. Dev, Kasthuri, Sangita, Premkumar
Roles Malu's Mother
Rating67% 3.3803753.3803753.3803753.3803753.380375
The film follows brothers Chettan Bava (Narendra Prasad) and Aniyan Bava (Rajan P. Dev), and their driver Premachandran (Jayaram) with whom the daughters of both the Bavas fall in love. This makes the Bavas enemies and it becomes their issue of pride on who will marry Premachandran. On top of this includes Sundaran (Prem Kumar) trying to take Premachandran down.
Sindoora Rekha
Directed by Sibi Malayil
Genres Drama
Actors Suresh Gopi, Shobana, Narendra Prasad, Ranjitha, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Janardhanan
Roles Balachandran's Mother
Rating56% 2.8400452.8400452.8400452.8400452.840045
C.I.D. Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed, 2h30
Directed by Rajasenan
Genres Comedy
Actors Jayaram, Maniyanpillai Raju, Jagathy Sreekumar, Rohini, Sukumaran, Chippy
Rating66% 3.3373753.3373753.3373753.3373753.337375
Unnikrishan (Jayaram) wants to become a secret agent like his idol, Prem Nazir. His parents and his girlfriend support him but Unnikrishan still cannot find a job. He later gets selected as a trainee in a private detective agency called Secret Files. He is given the task of investigating a businessman's daughter's record. He faces two rivals, Premshankar who pretends to love Arundathi, and Oomen Koshy is a working as a gardener in her house. They are from the same detective agency investigating the same case. Things go wrong and the 3 decide to investigate the case as a group.
Pingami (1994)
, 2h40
Directed by Sathyan Anthikad
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Mohanlal, Kanaka, Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Sukumaran, Janardhanan
Roles Menon's wife
Rating72% 3.631013.631013.631013.631013.63101
Kumaran (Thilakan) is a social worker. Captain Vijay (Mohanlal) is an army captain who is on his annual leave and has come to stay with his maternal uncle who raised him and his sister after the untimely death of their parents. In a turn of events Vijay sees Kumaran injured from an accident and crying for help. He takes Kumaran to a hospital but could not save his life. There develops a strong bond between Kumaran and Vijay which pulls him into finding out the accident was a preplanned murder.
Varaphalam (1994)

Directed by Thaha
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Sreenivasan, Mukesh, Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Paravoor Bharathan, Meena
Rating57% 2.8996752.8996752.8996752.8996752.899675
The story is about Thilakan and his two sons, one of them blind, Unni (Sreenivasan), and the other one deaf, Balan (Mukesh). The story takes a turn when the sons marry and their in-laws try to steal the family money. Krishnankutty (Jagathy) is the clever but honest caretaker for the deaf and blind siblings who is constantly at odds with their in-laws. The father (Thilakan), carries the burden of sorting things out.
Meleparambil Aanveedu, 2h40
Directed by Rajasenan
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Jayaram, Shobana, Paravoor Bharathan, Narendra Prasad, Jagathy Sreekumar, Meena Kumari
Roles Bhanumathi
Rating71% 3.5729153.5729153.5729153.5729153.572915
Harikrishan (Jayaram) is the youngest son of Thrivikram Muthallali. His brothers Jayakrishnan and Gopikrishan are not as handsome as him. He wants to earn a good living and so sets forth to a Tamil village as manager of a courier company. Hari sees a young Tamil woman named Pavizham who is being forced by her father to get married against her will. The two fall in love and elope.
Ayalathe Adheham, 2h18
Directed by Rajasenan
Genres Drama
Actors Jayaram, Gautami, Siddique, Thilakan, Meena, Vaishnavi
Roles Premachandran's Mother
Rating68% 3.4177153.4177153.4177153.4177153.417715
The story is about an ordinary family man Premachandran (Jayaram), who faces troubles when his wife Sulochana (Gautami) develops an inferiority complex about their family life, after seeing their happily married neighbours Rajeevan and Radhika (Siddique and Vaishnavi).
Yodha (1992)
, 2h29
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Mohanlal, Madhoobala Shah, Jagathy Sreekumar, Puneet Issar, Urvashi, M. S. Thripunithura
Roles Vasumathi (Appukuttan's mother)
Rating83% 4.196024.196024.196024.196024.19602
In an unknown location in the Nepalese Himalayas, a young monk (played by Siddhartha) is about to be crowned the Rimpoche of the monastery, when a gang of black magicians led by an unnamed character (played by Puneet Issar) kidnap him. It is revealed that the leader of the black magicians wishes to make a human sacrifice of the Rimpoche to attain invincibility. The other monks in the monastery understand that the Rimpoche's saviour will arrive from across the Himalayas to rescue him from the clutches of the black magicians. In the meantime, the young Rimpoche manages to escape from the clutches of the magicians and runs away to Kathmandu.