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One of My Favourites


Mumtaz ji kutchh important baateiN
Nickname: Mumu
Date of Birth: 31 July 1947
Height: 5'7" or 1.70 m
City: Bombay
Country: India
Mother: Sardar Begum Habib Agha
Father: Abdul Sameed Askari
Siblings: sister Mallika
Children: two daughters Natasha and Tanya
Marital status: married
Spouse: Mayur Madhwani
Origin: Iranian
Likes: tennis, swimming, walking, reading
Favorite food: Chinese food
Favorite clothes: saris
Her hero:
Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar
Her heroine: Madhubala, Nargis, Nutan
Other facts:
Hobbies: art collecting, carpet weaving by hand
Occupation: bollywood actress
Debut Film: Sanskar
Languages: hindi, english
Favourite Songs of Mumtaz

Hum to koi bhi nahin–Shararat

Aaj kal tere mere charche–Brahmchari

Oh maajhi–Bandhe Haath

Yeh hai reshmi zulfon ka andhera–Mere Sanam

Zindagi ittefaq hai–Aadmi aur Insaan

Khilona jan kar–Khilona

Zindagi ke safar mein–Aap ki Kasam

Jai jai Shiv Shankar–Aap ki Kasam

Paisa phenko–Dushman

Main tere ishq mein–Loafer

Koi shehri babu–Loafer

Le jaayenge–Chor Machaye Shor




Aandhiyan (1989)
Aaina (1977)
Nagin (1976)
Aag Aur Toofan (1975)
Lafange (1975)
Prem Kahani (1975)
Roti (1974)
Aap Ki Kasam (1974)
Chor Machaye Shor (1974)
Jheel Ke Us Paar (1973)
Loafer (1973)
Bandhe Haath (1973)
Pyaar Ka Rishta (1973)
Roop Tera Mastana (1972)
Apna Desh (1972)
Apradh (1972)
Dharkan (1972)
Gomti Ke Kinare (1972)
Pyaar Diwana (1972)
Shararat (1972)
Tangewala (1972)
Hare Raama Hare Krishna (1971)
Tere Mere Sapne (1971)
Upaasna (1971)
Chaahat (1971)
Dushman (1971)
Ek Naari Ek Brahmchari (1971)
Jawan Mohabbat (1971)
Kathputli (1971)
Ladki Pasand Hai (1971)
Mela (1971)
Maa Aur Mamta (1970)
Bhai Bhai (1970)
Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi (1970)
Himmat (1970)
Humjoli (1970)
Khilona (1970)
Pardesi (1970)
Sachaa Jhutha (1970)
Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969)
Apna Khoon Apna Dushman (1969)
Bandhan (1969)
Do Raaste (1969)
Jigri Dost (1969)
Mera Dost (1969)
Mera Yaar Mera Dushman (1969)
Shart (1969)
Brahmachari (1968)
Gauri (1968)
Golden Eyes Secret Agent 077 (1968)
Jahan Mile Dharti Akash (1968)
Jung Aur Aman (1968)
Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968)
Sadhu Aur Shaitaan (1968)
Aag (1967)
Baghdad Ki Raatein (1967)
Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti (1967)
Chandan Ka Palna (1967)
CID 909 (1967)
Do Dushman (1967)
Hamraaz (1967)
Patthar Ke Sanam (1967)
Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
Woh Koi Aur Hoga (1967)
Suraj (1966)
Daadi Maa (1966)
Daku Mangal Singh (1966)
Jawan Mard (1966)
Ladka Ladki (1966)
Pati Patni (1966)
Pyaar Kiye Jaa (1966)
Rustom Kaun (1966)
Sawan Ki Ghata (1966)
Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1966)
Bahu Beti (1965)
Bedaag (1965)
Boxer (1965)
Do Dil (1965)
Hum Diwane (1965)
Jadui Angoothi (1965)
Kaajal (1965)
Khakaan (1965)
Khandaan (1965)
Mere Sanam (1965)
Raaka (1965)
Rustom-e-Hind (1965)
Sikandar-e-Azam (1965)
Son of Hatimtai (1965)
Tarzan and King Kong (1965)
Tarzan Comes to Delhi (1965)
Aandhi Aur Toofan (1964)
Baghi (1964)
Hercules (1964)
Qawwali Ki Raat (1964)
Rustom-e-Rome (1964)
Samson (1964)
Veer Bhimsen (1964)
Ek Raaz (1963)
Faulad (1963)
Gehra Daag (1963)
Mujhe Jeene Do (1963)
Rustom Sohrab (1963)
Sehra (1963)
Anpadh (1962)
Dr. Vidya (1962)
Main Shadi Karne Chala (1962)
Pathan (1962)
Wallah Kya Baat Hai (1962)
Stree (1961)
Lajwanti (1958)
Yasmin (1955)
Sanskar (1952)


Mumtaz acted in more than 100 films during a short career span of 14 years For the last couple of years she had been battling with cancer...

A tough life. So how do some women battle it out? Gutsy woman – Mumtaz – tells life after an illness should be a celebration.

Kutchh Lafz Mumtaz ji ki apni kalam se

“I’m holidaying in Beijing right now. One thing I’ve learnt from the Chinese here – Never Give Up! They keep coming back to me again and again, forcing me to buy some fake bag or shoe. In life, that’s how you need to be. Fight back always. To fight cancer, you have to be very strong. I was, I never gave up on my positivity. My family has been a pillar of strength, my sister, my two daughters, and my husband. I would be under weather for days feeling low. For a woman, breast cancer can be traumatic, as there’s a threat of losing your breast. We rate our vanity highly. I remember, the days I was getting chemotherapy, I would be sick, really sick and felt very low. You have to be very intuitive about your body. Just be strong, fight it out. I’ve been a fighter throughout my life. In my career I was a fighter, I would fight to be at the top. In my marriage, I was a fighter... And in my illness, I’ve been a fighter. There’s no other way. The day you give up, that’s the end. Now, I’m busy travelling, I read this book, 1000 places to Visit Before You Die. I’ve seen 200 places, and I’m trying to finish at least 300... That’s the spirit I live my life with.”

Nona Walia in Times of India, April 2008


From Extra to Super Star

Mumtaz first appeared in Shahid Lateef’s Sone ki Chidiya (1958) as a child artist. Her mother, Naaz, was also an actress in films. When her family faced financial crisis, Mumtaz agreed to act in films as a junior artist and started appearing in group-scenes, at a very young age. She appeared in front of camera in V. Shantaram’s Stree and Sehra but she went almost unnoticed.

Mumtaz played the role of sister of the hero in O. P. Ralhan’s Gehra Daag. Mumtaz then got the lead role in Pathan being made by Ataullah Khan, Madhubala’s father, but the film remained incomplete.

A large number of girls regularly flock to the tinsel city of Bombay with a dream to become heroines and most of them end up as extras. There is a union of these extras in Bombay, which provides the junior artists to various films. The junior artist has to shell out a percentage of her income to this union. Mumtaz also had to spend a few years as extra only. However, because of her beauty and perseverance, she got an opportunity to act in lead roles against Dara Singh. And then, she quickly established herself as the heroine of B and C Grade movies. With Jawan Mard, Hercules, Samson, Tarzan comes to Delhi Mumtaz was all over the film industry!

In her second phase, Mumtaz got the roles of supporting actress in Kaajal, Khandaan, Sawan ki Ghata, Hamraaz and Mere Sanam the coveted A Grade family movies. During this phase, she fell in love with Shammi Kapoor, after the demise of his wife Geeta Bali. Everybody expected that they would marry and because of this, she lost the role in Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker to Padmini. Brahmchari with Mumtaz and Shammi Kapoor was a super-hit and Mumtaz was established as a heroine of A Grade big films! Though V. Shantaram’s Boond jo ban gayi Moti was not very successful, but the acting of Mumtaz was appreciated. Mumtaz recorded another big success in Baldev Raj Chopra’s Aadmi aur Insaan.

With the stupendous success of Do Raaste and Bandhan starring Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz became the number one heroine. Unfortunately, Naaz could not see the success of her able daughter.

At one stage, Mumtaz was the heroine in the films of all the top producers – Manmohan Desai’s Sachcha Jhootha, Feroz Khan’s Apradh, Vijay Anand’s Tere mere Sapne, Dev Anand’s Hare Ram Hare Krishna, L. V. Prasad’s Khilona, J. Omprakash’s Aap ki Kasam, etc.

There was coyness in Mumtaz’s acting. She showed extreme verve and energy in every scene. She was extremely spontaneous and rhythmic in all her dance steps. She gave us the intoxicating dances during the phase of supporting roles.

Mumtaz also portrayed the serious emotional roles in Khilona and Tere Mere Sapne with extreme sensitivity. In fact, Mumtaz was so proficient that she could never be tied down by any image and kept on concentrating on diversity of roles.

Though she was not counted in the league of great actresses in the firmament of Hindi Cinema, but she was the top actress as well as was the favourite of all the viewers. She gave hits with all the actors from Dara Singh in Faulad to Dilip Kumar in Ram aur Shyam. Though Mumtaz traversed the path of disconsolate domain of an extra to the sky of a top star, but during her odessy she never lost her spontaneity and vivaciousness with which she groomed all her roles.

When Mumtaz was on the top of her career, she fell in love with Mayur Madhwani, the richest man of Africa, and she took a daring decision to leave the world of arc lights and painted faces. Mayur’s family have been the richest in Africa who have palaces in cities all over the world, along with personal Boeing jets. Madwanis own half the properties in Kampala.

Mumtaz portrayed the role of the daughter-in-law of a billionaire family successfully and with ease, and gave birth to two daughters. Mumtaz travelled the Cinderella like dream path of career starting from an extra, earning just Rs. 37 per day, to a queen, rolling in Rs. 370 Crores… If a film on the life of Mumtaz were made, the critics would term it artificial and impossible, because no normal girl can possibly have a fate like that.

Troubles crept in her married life after fifteen years. Though the reasons are not known, but not bearing a son could be one of them. Mumtaz made a folly - trying to make a comeback at that age. The audience did not accept her in Pahlaj Nihalani’s Aandhiyaan.

Pramod (Pawan) Agrawal in Navrang, 1994


Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

She was a scene-stealer. Oozing come-hither sensuality while moving to the beat of Yeh hai reshmi zulfon ka andhera in Mere Sanam or the breezy Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche in Brahmachari, even in the second lead, she left the leading actors and actresses in the films short-winded. Just like that.

That was Mumtaz. Starting off her career in two bit roles and then those Dara Singh stunt bone-crunchers, slowly but surely she edged past the leading ladies to find her place in the celluloid sun.

That she vibed as felicitously with the camera as she did with her co-stars was evident in the scores of films she did with Feroz Khan, Jeetendra and of course Rajesh Khanna. With Khanna she went on to star in the hugely successful Sachcha Jhootha, Aap Ki Kasam, Dushman, Roti, Prem Kahani, Apna Desh and Do Raaste.

She had a pouty charm, a facility for movie-ishtyle dances… and she scissored the screen when the role demanded histrionics. She was especially riveting in L. V. Prasad’s Khilona and Aaina, Vijay Anand’s Tere Mere Sapne and J. Om Prakash’s Aap Ki Kasam.

Count among her memorable song and dance numbers Jai jai Shiv Shankar, Bindiya chamkegi, Duniya mein, Yunhin tum mujhse, Gore rang pe na itna gumaan kar, Paisa phenko tamasha dekho, Zindagi itefaaq hai. The list is endless…

She won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for Khilona (1970). Just when she had reached the peak of her prowess with Aap Ki Kasam in 1974, she bid adieu to the klieg lights. She lost her heart to millionaire Mayur Madhwani and chose to set up home with him in London–a fitting end to the rags to riches Cinderella story.

When Filmfare asked her to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award, she thanked us for considering her worthy of such an honour. She said, "My years as an actress were the best phase of my life. The film industry is one place where I truly belonged."

When she said that, she stole our hearts again. Just the way she did once upon a time in the movies.

Shah Rukh Khan whistled in glee when we informed him that Mumtaz was our Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He volunteered to host that section. Said he, "I’m going to propose to Mumtaz on stage." As if on cue, Mumtaz called on his mobile. For once, SRK was stumped by the Bindiya chamkegi sizzler.

Her performances, vim and vitality have been enshrined in our hearts forever. Words cannot adequately express what she mean to us and to Indian cinema. But whenever a golden history of moviedom is written, the name of Mumtaz will figure prominently in the pantheon of stars.

Rajesh Khanna took the stage next to present the Lifetime Achievement trophy to mmm… Mumtaz. He sportingly did an impromptu rendering of their Jai jai Shiv Shankar number from Aap Ki Kasam and said, "The passing years have made Mumtaz more beautiful… It looks as if this lovely lady is going in reverse gear. Honestly I’m at a loss to describe her beauty and infectious charm."

Mumtaz, who stood there in her bright red crepe-de-chine sari looked terribly moved with all the love and praise showered upon her by Kaka. Clutching her trophy with one hand, Mumtaz took the mike to say, "I’m honoured to be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Honestly this is something I hold very dear to my heart. Especially because the best phase of my life… was my phase in the movies. I miss it even now."

42nd Filmfare Award Function

Kutchh Snippets
I was doing a film with Mumtaz for my brother Goldie, called Tere Mere Sapne; together we made a good looking pair. She was friendly, very amiable, an easy-going, uninhibited co-star. We responded to each other exceptionally well on the sets. As soon as she heard of my project to be shot in Nepal, she showed her keenness to participate in it. I gave her a brief narration of the story. ‘It’s a hell of a role for any girl who does it,’ she said, ‘but I don’t think I want to play your sister.’ She was quite emphatic ‘Why not?’ I asked her. ‘For I don’t feel like one, when you are with me,’ she explained. We both laughed. ‘Would you agree to do the smaller and less significant part?’ I asked. ‘Only if it is the romantic one,’ she replied. ‘In that case, let me have the privilege of asking you, “Will you be the romantic leading lady opposite me, Mumsy, in my film Hare Rama Hare Krishna?”‘ I said in great style. She was equally stylish as she answered, ‘Privilege granted!’ We shook hands.

• Dev Anand in India Today, October 1, 2007

Mumtaz was my absolute favourite. We used to listen to the radio at night and this is when all my dancing abilities were best showcased. One had to just tell me that the song on radio was from a Mumtaz film and I would move 20 frames per second, like the way people move in the old Charlie Chaplin films.

I loved the way she moved her hips. I think nobody in this world can be as beautiful a sight as she used to be. She was sensual, innocent, naughty and very energetic, all at the same time. She was the first personality I mimicked. I loved to walk like her and dance like her.

Usually actors have very important personalities and performers as their idols. Mine was Mumtaz. Not to say that she was unimportant or not special. What I mean is that for a guy she was an unconventional role model. To me she was the single most important cause of my tilt towards anything that had vaguely to do with the performing arts.

• Shah Rukh Khan



Victory over Battle with Life

Mumtaz, who was a top heroine in her times, has undergone very bad phase in her life.
Once she was disturbed over the wrangle with her husband, and then cancer oppressed her.
Presently, she is very happy after overcoming both of them.

Mumtaz has been the princess of box-office during sixties. Her pairing with superstar Rajesh Khanna has been incomparable. She married Mayur Madhvani who is a billionaire in London, but their relations got strained. In the meantime Mumtaz was diagnosed to be suffering from cancer. However, she overcame the dreaded disease as well as mutual discord after a long fight.

Chemotherapy to Rescue

Mumtaz had developed breast cancer. Narrating her suffering, she said, “It started with a node in my breast. I was under the expert supervision of Dr. Soonawala and Dr. Kurkure. They removed the node. I was under chemotherapy for one year, due to which I always used to in a bad mood.”

Mumtaz was highly disturbed due to cancer. She told, “Hair from my scalp and eye lashes fell. Though my husband bought a beautiful wig for me, but I never wore it. I do not believe in any artificial things. As an alternative, I used to wear a scarf. I gained lot of weight due to cancer, but am trying to reduce after recovery.”

Heart’s Desire

Mumtaz feels, “Cancer sometimes develops if there is too much of tension and pain in the heart. After a few years of my marriage, my husband developed an affair with someone. Those times were extremely painful for me. Due to loneliness, I also got attracted to another person. As a result, the miseries further grew day by day.” Narrating her painful story, Mumtaz says, “I have learnt from my life that if my own husband is not reliable then why I should expect from others.”

Happy Ending

Mumtaz’s illness revived the delicate feelings between her and Mayur. Mumtaz says, “We love each other even today, but the attitude has changed. I never expect that my husband should suffer in any way.”

Farhana Faroukh in Dainik Bhaskar, October 4, 2006



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