Thursday, August 02, 2018

Meena Kumari Ji - Happy Birthday

It is her birthday today. She is known as the tragedy queen. But she was so, so much more than that single story.

Today, I found myself humming Nanhi Kali, sone chali. and for some reason, I thot this was picturised on Meena Kumari.

But the song I remember when I think of Meena Kumari is not a sad song. It is one of my all time favorite love songs. Bcs I think, that while she knew how to be sad, she knew even better, how to love:

In the book, because he is, Meghna Gulzar shares a copy of a portrait of Meena Kumari that Gulzar had in his office for ever. I think that that portrait defines her better than anything else that we have seen. That remains my favorite portrait of her. Will post it soon.

In the meantime, this is what the potpourri of her memory looks like, in my head:

Chalte Chalte… cannot, cannot, get over that song:

Ajeeb Dastaan hai ye... because only she could have been Kalpana..

Another from Pakeeza: Aaj hum apni.. there is incredible strength in this song...

The way she runs after Raj Kumar says - Inka Naam Hai 'Pakeeza'

You might think of Sahib, Biwi aur Gulaam. But that's not her best work. That's not who she was. She was so much more. She had so much more strength than that. I cannot imagine her that way.

Happy Birthday.... to the woman who was strong enough to know what she wanted, and wouldn't settle for less.

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