Remember the super hit song Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Yeh….. from Meena Kumari’s timeless classic DIL APNA AUR PREET PARAI. Incidentally, the Daastaan (story) of Meena Kumari’s life has suddenly become a hot piece of news since biopics are ruling the roost in Bollywood hence everybody is keen to exploit the life of the tragedy queen and mint money.
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On one hand filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has reportedly signed QUEEN actress Kangana Ranaut to play Meena Kumari in his film which is an adaption of the biography on Meena Kumari, penned by eminent late journalist Vinod Mehta.
On the other hand, interestingly, Meena Kumari’s step-son Tajdar Amrohi, son of Kamal Amrohi from his first wife, is also making a movie titled MEENA BAA KAMAAL (Meena – the extraordinary). Initially Manisha Koirala was announced to play the lead but she declined the offer and now a new actress would play the part.
However, few may know that way back in 1979 a biopic on Meena Kumari has already been made by the legendary filmmaker-cum-actor Sohrab Modi, who was renowned for making historical movies like JHANSI KI RANI, MIRZA GALIB, SIKANDER, etc.
The movie titled MEENA KUMARI KI AMAR KAHANI was produced by Sham Chawla and directed by Sohrab Modi. The star cast included Dolly, Sona, Bharat Bhushan, Jagdeep and Meena Kumari. In fact the film was a kind of a documentary having scenes from Meena Kumari’s movies and interviews of prominent stars who worked with her like Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar etc.
To market the movie the poster had been designed featuring pictures of top stars and Meena Kumari but alas the movie was big failure particularly because it got delayed.
The movie was planned to be released soon after Meena Kumari’s death 31, March 1972 but it was released in 1979!
What is ironical is that while biopics and biographies on Meena Kumari are being made, regrettably her tomb lies in doom, nobody cares to shower even few petals on her death anniversary!
Glamsham.Com pays homage to the legendary actress.