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Meena Kumari Unknown Facts

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Meena Kumari loved the scent of mogras.  If  you wanted her as a friend  you could try giving her  mogra flowers. You would  have seen her face  light up with pleasure. She  was  not much into  worldly things  and gave  away  all her possessions to her relatives and died in  the servant’s quarter  of a mansion she  gifted to her sister.

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Meenaji couldn’t dance to save her life in Pakeezah. But she  loved  to sing and has  recorded an entire album of her own poetry I Write I Recite   composed by Khayyam . In her films she wanted only Lata Mangeshkar to sing  for her.  Lataji recalls  her association with  the legendary actress.“I  remember one day she called and introduced herself. She wanted me to come and sing in her house. I declined saying I don’t sing for private functions.  She never held that incident against me.  She often used  to land up at the recording studio for my songs. One day for a recording for Hemant Kumar I had washed my hair and left it open.  Meena Kumari who was very proud of her hair , looked at my hair and exclaimed, ‘Kitne lambe baal hain aapke!’  I  told her I had never cut my hair in my life. My voice used to match her to perfection. What an artiste and what a fine humanbeing! During the making of Pakeezah (which went on   for a good 20 years) Kamal Amrohi who used to treat me like a daughter invited me  home for song   rehearsals. Meena Kumari  was practicing her steps for my songs in Pakeezah.  Meena turned to me and said, “When  you sing I don’t have to make any effort to act.” I cherish that compliment.  Sadhana  had said something  similar to me once. Meena Kumari often called to chat . She seemed very unhappy with  her life. I met her the Filmfare awards in  1968 . She had became thin and pale.  That year I had given  up the awards, and she said, ‘It’s like the queen abdicating her throne.’ Later I came to know she was extremely ill. When I reached her place with flowers she looked very  ill. She looked at me and said, ‘Allah,aap yahan aaye ,main badi khushkismat hoon.’  We chatted. She asked me for tea, though I sensed she was in no position to offer me anything except her warmth in that condition. She passed away a little later. And then Pakeezah became a legend.  Meena Kumari was so ill she couldn’t dance for the film. But I cherish my songs for her in that film.

Not much of a dancer , Meena  Kumari  was  too frail to  even  stand straight  for  the climactic song and dance   in Pakeezah(Aaj hum  apne duawon  ka asar dekhenge). Kamal Amrohi had to get  a body-double Padma Khanna to dance  for Meena Kumari.

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She had injured  the little finger of  her hand  in a car accident  early in her life. In all her films she  kept the left  hand with the  injured finger covered with her saree or  a dupatta.Directors  would tell  her to not  hide  the  finger as it  took  nothing away from her beauty and screen presence. But she remained selfconscious  about her injury till her last.

She  was rumoured to  have  shared  intense  romantic relationships with Gulzar and Dharmendra, though  neither men has ever spoken  about their association.But  she agreed  to do Gulzar’s Mere Apne  for  almost no fee.As  for Dharmendra , proof of Meenaji’s extra-marital relationship lies in her ex-husband’s film Razia Sultan where he cast Dharmendra and then painted him black from head to toe on screen. It is said this was Amrohi’s revenge on the man who snatched his wife’s attention and affection. Meena Kumari supported the young struggling Dharmendra financially and emotionally. A formidable actress and a big box-office draw, she insisted that producers who wanted her for their films sign Dharmendra opposite her. Some of these films that she did only to boost Dharmendra’s career like Chandan Ka Palna, Main Bhi Ladki HoonBaharon Ki Manzil and Purnima were so awful they brought the actress’ reputation down by many pegs.

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Meena Kumari’s most  celebrated film is Pakeezah. But her  finest film and performance was  in Guru Dutt’s Pakeezah.  The  legendary actress played the neglected alcoholic wife of a feudal  family.The role was offered  to  famous photographer Jitendra Arya’s  wife Chhaya Arya. Eventually she  was  rejected. Meena  Kumari had missed the opportunity  to play a Bengali woman in Devdas. She pined  to play a Bengali housewife and had her heart set  on  the role of Choti Malkin in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. But Meenaji’s husband Kamal Amrohi asked for a price for his wife that  Guru Dutt couldn’t afford. Meenaji personally intervened  to  sort  out the  matter.

Contrary to  belief, Meena Kumari’s farewell film was  not Pakeezah but Sawan Kumar Tak’s  Gomti Ke Kinare where again she played a  tawaif.  She shot the film through  her  failing health as a  favour to the debutant  director.Ironically in this film Meenaji sang Majrooh Sultanpuri’s  immortal lyrics which reflected on  her  exploitation by those whom  she trusted and loved : Aaj toh meri hansi  udai jaise bhi  chaha pukara  kal jo mujhe inn galiyon mein laya wohbhi ttha haath tumhara….RIP, Meena ji.

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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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