Thursday, 2 February, 2023
TopicMeena Kumari

Topic: Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari — the ‘ajeeb dastan’ Bollywood actor who never needed glycerin to shed tears

For someone who won seven trophies—Filmfare, BFJA, Shama-Sushma awards— choosing Meena Kumari's best five films was tough. But here's our pick.

When Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari played Romans in Bimal Roy’s 1958 film Yahudi

Yahudi, based on Agha Hashar Kashmiri's play, Yahudi Ki Ladki, brought together Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Sohrab Modi and Nasir Hussain.

‘Kohinoor’, the 1960s gem that had Bollywood’s tragedy king & queen at their comical best

Starring Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari, the 1960 film directed by S.U. Sunny broke the shackles of tragedy and provided audiences wholesome entertainment.

Pakeezah is that rare film whose making is as much of a story as the actual plot

Kamal Amrohi's Pakeezah took a decade-and-a-half to be made, but is now synonymous with its star, Meena Kumari, who died just after it finally released.

Meena Kumari, tragedy queen on screen and accomplished poet off it

The actor began her 33-year career as a child, and went on to act in films like Majhli Didi, Pakeezah, Baiju Bawra and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.

Meena Kumari was more than just the tragedy queen and this movie shows us why

Meena Kumari plays a happy and carefree character in S.M. Sriramulu Naidu’s 1955 film.

Dunlopillo — the coveted foam mattress that superstars Meena Kumari & Ashok Kumar advertised

The mattress was one of the three typical things that Indians always brought back from the Gulf states.

Barjatya film and feminist? Meena Kumari’s 1962 film ‘Aarti’ made it possible

Rajshri Productions’ hit film Aarti showed an audacious woman who wouldn’t back down from life's challenges.

No jobs then, no jobs now: Gulzar’s 1971 film Mere Apne still rings an unfortunate bell

In Mere Apne, Gulzar, still finding his feet as a maker after a long apprenticeship with Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, weaves in poetry and angst.

Remembering Kamal Amrohi, the filmmaker who needed just 4 movies to be hailed as a master

Writer-director Kamal Amrohi is best known for Pakeezah, the musical classic starring his wife Meena Kumari, and the Ashok Kumar-Madhubala starrer Mahal.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

Defence

The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.