As The Ever-Gorgeous Mumtaz Turns A Year Older, Subhash K Jha Picks His 5 Favourite Performances Of One Of His Favourite Actresses
Where do I begin to pick favourites from the opulent oeuvre of Mumtaz, the classic blend of substance and oomph, she blew the screen apart as a blind girl in Jheel Ke Uss Paar with as much aplomb as the sizzling moll in Apradh. She danced with as much abandon to the folksy thump of Jai jai shiv Shankar as she did to the ritzy bump-and-grind of Duniya mein logon ko. One of her kind, that’s Mumtaz.
1. Khilona(1970): In her breakthrough performance Mumtaz plays a prostitute who is hired to play a wife to psychologically damaged man(Sanjeev Kumar). she was every inch the domesticated seductress. Her performance in the climactic sequence where she is being dragged out from the house that she had adopted as her own, she gives me goosebumps each time. I’ve seen the mighty Jayalalitha in the Tamil original (Engirundho
2. Aadmi Aur Insaan(1969): While Saira Banu played the goodygoody butter-won’t-melt-in-the-
3. Tere Mere Sapne(1971): Another Shramila Tagore reject that Mumtaz took over and made it on her own Tere Mere Sapne based on the classic A J Cronin novel The Citadel is about a doctor who loses his way and needs to be healed.As his disillusioned wife She was beyond brilliant. Aided by the genius of director Vijay Anand she zoomed to the zenith of the popularity charts emoting to immortal songs like Jeevan ki bagiya mehkegi
4. Jheel Ke Uss Paar(1973)
5. Aaina(1975): Mumtaz’s career’s finest performance came at the end when she married and suddenly quit acting. In K Balachachander’s hugely underrated film she played the eldest of five children in an impoverished Brahmin family who must go out and earn a living to feed her family. Turning to prostitution She’s Shalini forgets herself as she becomes a money-making machine for her family. Bold unconventional and hearbreaking, her performance is monumental in this film.[tnm_video layout=”mnmd-post-media-wide”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7ll0k577CI[/tnm_video]