Minoo Mumtaz

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Minoo Mumtaz
Minu Mumtaz.jpg
Minoo Mumtaz in Yahudi
Malikunnisa Ali

26 April 1942 (1942-04-26) (age 77)[1]
OccupationActor, Dancer
Spouse(s)Sayyed Ali Akbar
Parent(s)Mumtaz Ali
Latifunnisa Ali
RelativesSee Ali-Amrohi family

Minoo Mumtaz[2] (born Malikunnisa Ali on 26 April 1942) is a former Indian film actress. She is the sister of India's ace comedian Mehmood Ali and is part of the Mehmood Ali film family. Minoo Mumtaz appeared in many Hindi films of the 1950s and 1960s, mostly as a dancer and character actress.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in a family of four brothers and four sisters to Mumtaz Ali, who was famous as a dancer and character-artist in films from the 1040s era, with his own dance troupe "Mumtaz Ali Nites". Mumtaz Ali's career slumped due to his excessive drinking and his family fell on hard times, leading to his son Mehmood working as a child artist, and daughter Minoo Mumtaz to work as dancer in his stage shows and later in movies.


She was renamed as Minoo by none other than Meena Kumari, who is the sister-in-law of Mehmood. She started off as a stage dancer and later as dancer many films of the 50s [4] and 60s with her first film Sakhi Hateem. She also played the lead role opposite Balraj Sahni in Black Cat[5] (1959). She can be seen in the song "Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re",[6] from the movie C.I.D. (1956). She also appeared in Guru Dutt films such as Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962). She also played key roles in Taj Mahal, Ghoonghat, Insan Jaag Utha (1959), Ghar Basake Dekho (1963), Gazal (1964), Sindbad, Alibaba, Aladin, Dharmaputra and Jahanaara.

Personal life[edit]

She married S. Ali Akbar, a film director on 6-12-1963. The couple has three daughters and a son. She now leads a retired life in Canada. [7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "In conversation with Minoo Mumtaz". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ also spelled Minu Mumtaz or Meenu Mumtaz
  3. ^ "Meenu Mumtaz – Profile". Cineplot.com. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Song with the siblings - Mehmood and Minoo Mumtaz in Howrah Bridge (1958)". Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Main Tumhi Se Poochti Hoon song - Black Cat (1959)". Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re song". Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  7. ^ "The family stares into emptiness". The Times Of India. Retrieved 28 January 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Zaveri, Hanif. Mehmood, a Man of Many Moods, Popular Prakashan, 2005. ISBN 81-7991-213-2

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