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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Huma Qureshi to play Meena Kumari?

IANS  New Delhi, October 04, 2013
First Published: 16:36 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:12 IST(4/10/2013)

After directing films such as Bhatti On Chutti and Mittal Vs Mittal among others, Karan Razdan now plans to make a biopic on the legendary actor Meena Kumari. The filmmaker is thinking of casting actor Huma Qureshi, who has shot to fame thanks to her roles in films such as Gangs of Wasseypur, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Ek Thi Daayan, as the ‘The Tragedy Queen’ but hasn’t approached her yet.

Seen as an ideal Indian woman on the big screen, Meena Kumari earned the Tragedy Queen title after playing sad roles in films such as Daera (1953) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962). Co-incidentally, her personal life was full of pain and sorrow and she died of liver cirrhosis in 1972. She was 39.

“I’ve spent about four years to do the research and write the script. We have just finished the script and will start shooting from early next year,” Razdan said. “Meena Kumari’s life and her journey has been very fascinating. We want someone who could justify her  role and I think Huma Qureshi will fit the bill. I want to cast her for the biopic. We have not approached her so far, but my team will be talking to her soon,” he added.

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