Saturday, June 9, 2012


Mumtaz is a Bollywood film actress who was a charming beauty in her twenties  and one of the top heroin
during the period 1967-74 appeared in lead roles of several  blockbuster movies opposite all the main male artists.

Mumtaz, who is affectionately called as Mumu hails from Mumbai  and born to parents Abdul Saleem Askari and Shadi Habib Agha on 31 July 1947.
She entered  Hindi cinema as a Junior artiste at an early age of 12 with her sister Malika.
Mumtaz appeared in small roles during those period and later she was cast as heroine in low
budget films known as 'B' grade movies.For the existence in the tinsel world she accepted those
roles  and acted in films such as "Boxer,Samson,Tarzan,Kingkong" etc which were not having
any artistic value but just made for entertainment purposes.In fifteen films of freestyle wrestler 'Dara Singh' she was the heroine or in an important role.Thus she was labelled as
a Stunt film heroine and later it  became a barrier for her to access the lead role of main stream
cinema.But firm determination and aspiration,Hard work,enthusiasm combined with talent helped her to
achieve her goal to become heroine of  mainstream films.
Earlier some main actors secluded her as a 'B' grade actress and was not willing to accept her
as their counterpart in films but when she rose to stardom they were in the forefront to act
opposite to her.
She  got the attention of critics  when she manifested  the role as one of the leading ladies of
Dilip Kumar's 'Ram aur Shyam' which was released in 1967.
'Humraaz' was a Sunil Dutt film directed by B.R.Chopra in which she acted in a notable role.
'Mere Humdan Mere Dost' directed by Amar Kumar was Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore
film in which Mumtaz was in supporting role.During that period she was cast in many films of Sharmila Tagore for playing supporting roles.
In the 1968 film of Shammi Kapoor,  'Brahmachari' in which Rajshree,Pran,Mumtaz etc acted 
the song  sequence 'Aaj Kal Tere Mere'  gained much accolades for Mumtaz and paved way 
to stardom.

In 1969, Raj Khosla produced and directed 'Do Raste' in which Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz appeared as the  leading pair and the film turned to be a big grosser at the box office.
'Bandhan' starring Rajesh Khanna in lead role and Mumtaz as heroine was another big grosser.
Sachcha Jhutta which was a 'Man Mohan Desai' film of Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz of 1970
was also a blockbuster film  for which Rajesh Khanna received filmfare best actor award.
Indirectly Mumtaz helped boost Rajesh Khanna's film career also.
In 1970 film 'Khilona' Sanjeev Kumar and Mumtaz presented unforgettable performance
and the film was a huge success artistically and financially.Satrughnan Sinha,Jeetendra etc
were also in that film.She proved herself her talent to manifest emotional roles brilliantly.
'Dushman' was 1971 fim of Rajesh khanna which was also a nice film and box office success.
'Tere Mere Sapne' of Dev Anand and Mumtaz was also accepted by the audience happily.
She acted as heroine in 'Tangewala' opposite Rajendra Kumar, and in 'Chor Machaye Shor' Opposite Shashi Kapoor.
'Aaina' was her last film before quitting films in 1977.
She got married in 1974 to an Indian  Industrialist  and she has two daughters.
She did come back in 1989 with the  film 'Andhiyan' but the audience were not happy to accept
their yesteryear cute heroine in middle aged roles after a long gap.
In 1996 she received Filmfare lifetime achievement Award.
She received Life time achievement award from Int'l Indian Film academy of Bangkok in 2008.
Selected Filmography
Gehra Daag
Aandhi aur Toofan
Mere Sanam
Do Dil
Daku Mughal Singh
Pathar ke Sanam
Chandan ke aPalna
Mera Yar Mera Dushman
Do Raste
Aadmi aur Insaan
Bhai Bhai
Ma aur Mamta
Ladki Pasand Hai
Jawan Mohabbat
Ek Naari Ek Brahmachari
Tere Mere Sapna
Apna Desh
Roop Tera Mastana
Pyar ka Rista
Chor Machaye Shor
Aap ki Kasam
Prem Kahani
Aag aut Toofan

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