Google Feature — Meena Kumari Doodle
85th Birth Anniversary of Tragedy Queen of Indian Cinema
Today marks the 85th birth anniversary of legendary actress Meena Kumari (August 1, 1933 – March 31, 1972), born Mahjabeen Bano. The multi-faceted artist was an iconic star of Hindi cinema. She was also a playback singer, and a talented Urdu poetess under the pseudonym Naaz. Tanha Chand, a collection of her poems was published after her death in 1972.
Remembered as the tragedy queen, she is also called Female Guru Dutt of Hindi films and is often remembered as the Cinderella of Indian films.
Born in 1933 into a poor Parsee family of Ali Bux, a stage artiste, and Iqbal Begum, a stage actress, in Bombay, Meena Kumari grew up on camera, lighting up the silver screen from the age of six when she was known as Baby Meena. Her mother was the granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore’s younger brother.
In a career of 33 years, she starred in about 92 films in a wide variety of roles. Some of her memorable films include ‘Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962), Pakeezah (1972), Mere Apne (1971), Aarti (1962), Baiju Bawra (1952), Parineeta (1953), Dil Apna aur Preet Parai (1960), Dil ek Mandir (1963), Kaajal (1965)’.
She won the Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for ‘Baiju Bawra’ in 1954, ‘Parineeta’ in 1955, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam’in 1963 and ‘Kaajal’in 1966, and was nominated eight times. She not only won the first two Filmfare Awards for Best Actress (1954 and 1955), but also had the unparalleled record of securing all the nominations in the category in 1963 for ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, ‘Aarti’ and ‘Main Chup Rahungi’. The feat remains unmatched to date.
She battled alcoholism and loneliness and finally died alone in 1972 at an untimely age of 38 due to liver cirrhosis.
Google Doodle pays tribute to Meena Kumari on her 85th birth anniversary.
Tragedy Queen of Indian Cinema — Meena Kumari
(August 1, 1933 – March 31, 1972)
Google today celebrates the 85th Birth Anniversary of Meena Kumari with a doodle. The doodle depicts her as a courtesan, the role she played in Pakeezah, clad in a red saree, eyes as expressive as ever.
On clicking the doodle, it takes the visitor to Google search result page for news on Meena Kumari.
Google Doodle — Meena Kumari’s 85th Birthday
GoogleDoodle celebrates Meena Kumari’s 85th Birthday in today’s Google Doodle!
Born on this day in 1933, Meena Kumari grew up on camera, lighting up the silver screen from the age of four when she was known as Baby Meena. Over time, she emerged as one of Indian cinema’s foremost actors.
As shown in today’s Doodle, Meena Kumari captivated audiences with her beautiful, expressive eyes. Appearing in more than 90 films during her 33 year career, she portrayed strong yet vulnerable women who made their own way through life, although they were often devastated by romance. Leading men were so bedazzled by Meena Kumari’s presence that Bollywood star Raaj Kumar admitted to flubbing his lines when shooting scenes with her. Today, her screen appearances are studied for flawless moments and the complex emotions she could evoke without uttering a word.
In addition to being a talented actress Meena Kumari was also an accomplished poet who recorded an album of her compositions in Urdu titled I Write, I Recite, with music composed by Khayyam. Her legacy as a screen actress in un-rivaled in Bollywood history. At India’s prestigious Filmfare awards in 1963, Meena Kumari was the only best actress nominee for her performances in three different films.
Janmadin Mubarak Meena Kumari!
Below is a picture of the Doodle on Google’s home page as it appeared today.
Meena Kumari’s 85th Birthday
85th Birth Anniversary of Legendary Actress Meena Kumari
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Meena Kumari Google Doodle
Published on July 31, 2018 by Doodle Special Logos.
Today the Search Engine Google is showing a Doodle for Meena Kumari. Today in India Google celebrate Meena Kumari’s 85th Birthday.
Meena Kumari born on August 1, 1933 as Mahjabeen Bano, was an Indian film actress, singer and poet under the pseudonym Naaz. Popularly known as the Tragedy Queen, she is also called Female Guru Dutt of Hindi films and is often remembered as the Cinderella of Indian films.
Indian film critics regarded Meena Kumari as a ‘historically incomparable’ actress of Hindi cinema. During a career spanning 33 years, she starred in about 92 films such as ‘Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, Pakeezah, Mere Apne, Aarti, Baiju Bawra, Parineeta, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, Foot Path, Dil Ek Mandir and Kaajal’.
Meena Kumari’s father was a Sunni Muslim named Master Ali Bux who had migrated from Bhera (now in Punjab province of Pakistan). He was a veteran of Parsi theater, played harmonium, taught music, wrote Urdu poetry, played small roles in films such as ‘Eid Ka Chand’ and composed music for films like ‘Shahi Lutere’.
Meena Kumari’s mother Iqbal Begum, whose original name was Prabhawati Devi, was a Bengali Christian converted to Islam. Iqbal Begum was the second wife of Ali Bux. Before meeting and then marrying Ali Bux, she was a stage actress and dancer under the stage name ‘Kamini’ and was related to the well known Tagore family of Bengal.
Three weeks after the release of Pakeezah, Meena Kumari became seriously ill. On March 28, 1972, she was admitted to St Elizabeth’s Nursing Home. She went into coma two days later and died shortly afterwards on March 31, 1972. She was 38 years old. The cause of her death was determined to be liver cirrhosis.
Google has celebrated Indian cinema thirteen times through its doodles. The latest being Meena Kumari’s doodle on August 1, 2018.
Meena Kumari’s 85th Birthday — August 1, 2018
Fearless Nadia’s 110th Birthday — January 8, 2018
Mohammed Rafi’s 93rd Birthday — December 24, 2017
V Shantaram’s 116th Birthday — November 18, 2017
Nutan’s 81st Birthday — June 4, 2017
Rajkumar’s 88th Birthday — April 24, 2017
Mukesh’ 93rd Birthday — July 22, 2016
RD Burman’s 77th Birthday — June 27, 2016
Nargis’ 86th Birthday — June 1, 2015
Raj Kapoor’s 90th Birthday — December 14, 2014
Kishore Kumar’s 85th Birthday — August 4, 2014
Satyajit Ray&’s 92nd Birthday — May 2, 2013
Alam Ara’s 80th Anniversary — March 14, 2011
Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made searching on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!
Google Doodle Celebrates Fearless Nadia’s 110th Birthday
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Google Doodle Celebrates Mohammed Rafi’s 93rd Birthday
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Google Doodle Celebrates V Shantaram’s 116th Birthday
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