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31 July 1947 |
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
(now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
Mumtaz (Hindi: मुमताज़ Arabic: ممتاز) (born 31 July 1947) is an actress of Hindi Cinema who appeared in a number of Hindi movies. Mumtaz started as a child actor, and she worked as an extra junior artiste in 6 films in 1961–1963. From 1963 to 1968, she acted in low-budget movies, then known as B-grade movies, opposite Dara Singh. In A-grade movies, she caught attention with the 1965 film Mere Sanam in which she played the role of a vamp, and after this, she appeared in a number of A-grade movies in supporting roles, including Patthar Ke Sanam, Ram Aur Shyam, and Brahmchari. But it was the 1969 hit movie Do Raaste which made her an overnight star actress. It was one of her first A-grade movies as the heroine and her first movie with actor Rajesh Khanna. The 1970s proved to be an era which established Mumtaz as one of the most successful actresses of Hindi Cinema. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Khilona in 1970. She was voted the second-most-popular beauty in the poll conducted as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Indian cinema, in association with the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), in 2012.
Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore were the highest-paid actresses in Hindi Cinema in the period 1970–1976. Mumtaz appeared in a number of commercially and critically successful movies such as Bandhan (1969), Sachaa Jhutha (1970), Khilona (1970), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Dushman (1971), Apna Desh (1972), Apradh, Chor Machaye Shor (1973), Jheel Ke Us Paar, Aap Ki Kasam, Roti (1974) and Prem Kahani (1975). She and critics regard her best work was in Aaina, which, although not commercially successful, was critically acclaimed. At the peak of her career, she married business tycoon Mayur Madhvani in 1974 but continued working in films until 1976 to meet her commitments.
Mumtaz was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) to Abdul Saleem Askari, who was a dry-fruit vendor, and Shadi Habib Agha, on 31 July 1947. Mumtaz’s parents were Irani , separated soon after her first birthday, and her father divorced her mother, when she was 16 years old and remarried then moved to Hyderabad. Her mother also remarried, young Mumtaz was brought up by grandmother, mother and aunt.  She has an elder sister, Malika, and two step-brothers, Shazhath and Shah Rukh Askari, who live in Mumbai. She is the cousin of actor Roopesh Kumar.
Mumtaz appeared as a child actress in Sone Ki Chidiya (1958). As a teenager she acted as an extra in Vallah Kya Baat Hai, Stree and Sehra in the early 1960s. As an adult, her first role in A-grade films was that of the role of sister of the hero in O. P. Ralhan's Gehra Daag. She got small roles in successful films such as Mujhe Jeene Do. Later, she got the role of the main lead heroine in 16 action films, including Faulad, Veer Bhimsen, Tarzan Comes to Delhi, Sikandar-E-Azam, Rustom-E-Hind, Raaka, and Daku Mangal Singh, with freestyle wrestler Dara Singh, and was labelled as a stunt-film heroine.[by whom?] In the films that the pair Dara Singh-Mumtaz did together, Dara's remuneration was INR 450,000 per film, and Mumtaz's salary was INR 250,000 per film.
She first gained attention nationally in a supporting role as a vamp in the A-grade colour hit film Mere Sanam (1965). The song "Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulphon Ka Andhera" was picturised on her.[clarification needed] The success of the film led to another song, "Aye dushman jaan", in the big-budget film Patthar Ke Sanam. Finally, she gained major attention when she played one of Dilip Kumar's leading ladies in Ram Aur Shyam (1967). The film became one of the top hits of the year, and she received her first Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Suddenly, Mumtaz was flooded with offers for supporting roles but not for major leading-lady roles. She played supporting roles to the character of Sharmila Tagore in several films in the late 1960s, such as Saawan Ki Ghata, Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi, and Mere Humdum Mere Dost. Mumtaz then got roles as a supporting actress in successful A-grade films, including Kaajal, Khandaan, Sawan Ki Ghata, Anpadh, Hamraaz, Pyar Kiye Jaa, Pati Patni, Mere Sanam, Suraj, and Pathhar Ke Sanam.
It took Raj Khosla's blockbuster Do Raaste (1969), starring Rajesh Khanna, to finally make Mumtaz a full-fledged star. Although Mumtaz had a minor role, director Khosla filmed four songs with her. The film made her popular, and she acknowledged that even though she had a small role, it was still one of her favourite films. In 1969, her films Do Raaste and Bandhan, with Rajesh Khanna, became top grossers of the year, earning around 65 million and 28 million respectively. She played Rajendra Kumar's leading lady in Tangewala. Shashi Kapoor, who had earlier refused to work with her in Saccha Jootha because she was a "stunt-film heroine", now wanted her to be his heroine in Chor Machaye Shor. She acted opposite Dharmendra as the lead heroine in films like Loafer and Jheel ke us paar (1973).
She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for one of her favourite films Khilona in 1970, and she was "very happy that the audience accepted her in an emotional role." Mumtaz acted with Dharmendra, Feroz Khan, Sanjeev Kumar and Biswajeet, and she acted with Rajesh Khanna in 10 films. Jeetendra and Mumtaz acted in a number of films together, including unsuccessful fims such as Boond Jo Ban Gai Moti (1967), Himmat, Kathputli, and Roop Tera Mastana, as well as successful one such as Jigri Dost (1969), Humjoli (where Mumtaz had a cameo role) and Ek Naari Ek Brahmchari (1971). Mumtaz also acted opposite Feroz Khan in Aag (1967), Aadmi Aur Insaan, Upaasna, Mela, Apradh, and Nagin; and with Sanjay Khan in Upasana, Dhadkan, Mela.
Mumtaz married millionaire Mayur Madhvani, and at that time was shooting for three films: Aap ki Kasam, Roti and Prem Kahani with Rajesh Khanna. After marrying in 1974, she stayed back in India as she decided to complete these three films and complete her other pending projects of that time Lafange, Nagin. She finally left the film industry in 1976. She returned for an appearance, 12 years later in the 1989 film Aandhiyan, which flopped in India but became successful in Pakistan. After that she turned down all other film offers in Hindi cinema.
Mumtaz married Mayur Madhvani on 29 May 1974. They have two daughters, Natasha and Tanya. Natasha, the elder daughter, married the actor Fardeen Khan, son of Feroz Khan, in December 2005. Her sister Mallika is married to Randhawa, film actor and younger brother of Dara Singh and are parents of Shaad Randhawa
Mumtaz has acknowledged that she has successfully battled cancer. In 2010 she featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's cancer docudrama 1 a Minute, with a number of international stars.
|1962||Vallah Kya Baat Hai||Mala – Kelewali|
|1963||Mujhe Jeene Do||Farida – Dhara's sister|
|1964||Qawwali Ki Raat|
|1964||Aandhi Aur Toofan|
|1965||Son of Hatimtai|
|1965||Mere Sanam||Kamini (Kamo)|
|1966||Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi||Reeta|
|1966||Sawan Ki Ghata||Saloni|
|1966||Saaz Aur Awaaz|
|1966||Pyar Kiye Jaa||Meena Priyadarshini|
|1966||Daku Mangal Singh||Princess Aruna|
|1967||Woh Koi Aur Hoga||Seema|
|1967||Ram Aur Shyam||Shanta|
|1967||Patthar Ke Sanam||Meena|
|1967||Chandan Ka Palna||Sadhana|
|1967||Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti||Shefali|
|1967||Baghdad Ki Raatein|
|1968||Mere Hamdam Mere Dost||Meena|
|1968||Jung Aur Aman|
|1968||Jahan Mile Dharti Akash|
|1968||Golden Eyes Secret Agent 077|
|1968||Apna Ghar Apni Kahani|
|1969||Mera Yaar Mera Dushman|
|1969||Jigri Dost||Shobha Das|
|1969||Apna Khoon Apna Dushman|
|1969||Aadmi Aur Insaan||Rita|
|1970||Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi|
|1970||Maa Aur Mamta||Mary|
|1971||Ladki Pasand Hai|
|1971||Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari||Meena|
|1971||Upaasna||Shalu (also Kiran)|
|1971||Tere Mere Sapne||Nisha Patel/Nisha Kumar|
|1971||Hare Rama Hare Krishna||Shanti|
|1972||Gomti Ke Kinare||Roshni|
|1972||Apna Desh||Chanda/Madame Popololita|
|1972||Roop Tera Mastana||Princess Usha/Kiran||Double role|
|1973||Pyaar Ka Rishta|
|1973||Jheel Ke Us Paar||Neelu|
|1973||Chor Machaye Shor||Rekha|
|1973||Aap Ki Kasam||Sunita|
|1975||Aag Aur Toofan|
|2010||1 a Minute||Actress||Docudrama film|
- BFJA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Brahmachari (1968)
- Filmfare Best Actress Award – Khilona (1970)
- Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)
- IIFA Outstanding Contribution by an Indian in Cinema, Honorary Award (2008)
- Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award – Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
- Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award – Aadmi Aur Insaan (1970)
- "Ethnic beauty Mumtaz".
- "Many big heroes refused to work with me: Mumtaz". NDTV Movies. July 31, 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- 1–3. An interview with Mumtaz. 22 September 2006. Yahoo.com.[dead link]
- "Mumtaz: Dara Singh's kindness got me my first role". Times of India. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- Dinesh Raheja (August 2002). "The oomph and spirit of Mumtaz". Rediff.com. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Box Office 1969". BoxOfficeIndia.com. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Mumtaz: Rajesh Khanna was very close to me". Rediff.com. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- 69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007[dead link]
- "Top Bollywood sex symbols of all time". India Tribune. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "IIFA to honour Rehman, Benegal and Mumtaz". DNA. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "1st Filmfare Awards 1953". Deep750.googlepages.com. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
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