Birthday girl Meena Kumari: How she became the tragedy queen

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August 1 marks the 84th birth anniversary of the exceptionally intriguing Bollywood actor, Meena Kumari. Meena was also a poet who wrote under the pen name Naaz. Browse through some beautiful, classic pics of the diva.

August 1 marks the 84th birth anniversary of the exceptionally intriguing Bollywood actor, Meena Kumari. Meena was also a poet who wrote under the pen name Naaz. Browse through some beautiful, classic pics of the diva.

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Meena Kumari played a courtesan in Pakeezah, one of her best movies, opposite Ashok Kumar and Rajkumar.

Meena Kumari played a courtesan in Pakeezah, one of her best movies, opposite Ashok Kumar and Rajkumar.

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Another iconic film, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam, established Meena’s stature as the tragedy queen.

Another iconic film, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam, established Meena’s stature as the tragedy queen.

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Meena Kumari became an alcoholic at an early age after she was separated from her husband Kamal Amrohi.

Meena Kumari became an alcoholic at an early age after she was separated from her husband Kamal Amrohi.

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Meena Kumari passed away on March 31, 1972.

Meena Kumari passed away on March 31, 1972.

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Interestingly, Meena Kumari essayed the de-glam role of a dejected woman and that of a courtesan with equal expertise in Kamal Amrohi's Pakeezah with Raaj Kumar.

Interestingly, Meena Kumari essayed the de-glam role of a dejected woman and that of a courtesan with equal expertise in Kamal Amrohi's Pakeezah with Raaj Kumar.

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Meena Kumari won four Filmfare Best Actress Awards Baiju Bawra, Parineeta, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and Kaajal.

Meena Kumari won four Filmfare Best Actress Awards Baiju Bawra, Parineeta, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and Kaajal.

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Meena Kumari was also a poet. Her first role was in the 1939 film Farzand-e-Watan.

Meena Kumari was also a poet. Her first role was in the 1939 film Farzand-e-Watan.

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