The beautiful face and expressive eyes of Meena Kumari have been captured in a Google doodle devoted to the late legendary actress Meena Kumari for her 85th birth anniversary on Wednesday.
“As shown in the doodle, Meena Kumari captivated audiences with her beautiful, expressive eyes,” according to the official Google Doodle page.
She portrayed strong yet vulnerable women who made their own way through life, although they were often devastated by romance. This gave her the epithet ‘Tragedy Queen’. She came to be known for sailing through complex emotions on-screen with ease.
In 1963, Meena Kumari made it very easy for the jury selecting the best actress at the Filmfare Awards. She was the only actress nominated in the category, for her performances in Abrar Alvi’s Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Phani Majumdar’s Aarti and A Bhimsingh’s Main Chup Rahungi.
The choice was between three fine performances, each one defined by Meena Kumari’s ability to depict deeply felt emotions and convey the pathos as well as the strength of her characters. The winner was Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Abrar Alvi’s masterpiece about the long-suffering wife of a decadent aristocrat in pre-independent Bengal.
Some of her memorable films include “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam”, “Pakeezah”, “Mere Apne”, “Aarti”, “Baiju Bawra”, “Parineeta”, “Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai”, “Foot Path”, “Dil Ek Mandir” and “Kaajal”.
She died in 1972 due to liver cirrhosis.