Meena Kumari's Real Name Was Mehajabeen Naaz
Meena Kumari's father, Master Ali Bux had migrated from Bhera. Her mother, Iqbal Begum, was a Bengali Christian who converted to Islam. Meena Kumari's original name was Mehajabeen Naaz. The director of Farzande Watan, Vijay Bhatt, changed her name to Baby Meena for his movie. Once she grew up, she became popularly known as Meena Kumari.
Debut at the age of 4
Meena Kumari As A Child
Because of her strikingly good looks, Meena Kumari started working at the age of 4, to help support her family. She became a common face at various studios. Meena made her acting debut at the age of 7, as a child actor in Farzande Watan. She played the daughter of Jairaj Singh in the movie. In the year, 1950, she also played Jairaj Singh's love interest in the film Maghroor.
Meena Kumari Dressed in White
Meena Kumari was not a party person. In her biography, Vinod Mehta has described that Meena used to get bored at such events. But she mostly attended all the events and parties in a particular white saree. The book also states that Meena Kumari had decorated her house mostly with white objects.
Closeness to Gulzar
Meena Kumari In Paakezah
Meena Kumari As Hindu Goddess
Prior to acting in films, Meena Kumari had become a regular face in Hindu mythological shows. Meena used to be roped in for many mythological shows, and she used to play Hindu goddess in most of these shows. After she made her way into the industry, there was no looking back for the actress. She quoted high fees and producers used to wait outside her house. She gained financial independence and there was no pressure on her to compromise with the roles she was offered.
Meena Kumari With Kamal Amrohi
In Meena's words, Kamal Amrohi was the perfect man for her. They used to write letters to each other, talk on phone all night. Meena's family was against the idea of her tying the knot with Kamal. And thus, one night, Meena moved to Kamal's apartment unannounced. The duo got married in a private ceremony. However, Meena Kumari's growing popularity became a problem in their love nest. Kamal had imposed many restrictions on her. After a marriage that lasted for almost a decade, the couple parted ways.
Meena Kumari is the only actress in Hindi cinema to have received three Filmfare Awards nominations for the Best Actress in the same year (1962). These were for the movies Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Main Chup Rahoongi and Aarti. She won the award for her role in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.