Nargis dutt and Meena Kumari | Throwback: ‘Happy Death’
Nargis and Meena Kumari
- Nargis had raised the curtain from the painful aspect of Meena Kumari’s life
- Many secrets related to the life of the veteran actress were raised after her death.
- A column was written congratulating the death
Mumbai: In her career spanning 33 years in the film industry, Meena Kumari acted in around 92 films, she was called the ‘tragedy queen’ in the film industry. Apart from Meena Kumari’s talent, the actress’s personal life often became a part of the limelight. Once married to director Kamal Amrohi, the veteran actress was reportedly a victim of domestic violence and had reportedly also become an alcoholic in the years that followed.
On March 31, 1972, at the young age of 38, Hindi cinema lost a jewel in the form of this actress. Meena Kumari breathed her last after two days in a coma and her close friend and actress Nargis paid the most surprising last respects to the actress. In a column written for an Urdu magazine, Nargis congratulated Meena Kumari on her death. But why so?
A translation version of Nargis’s column for Meena Kumari appeared in Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai: Urdu Stories of Cinema Legends by Yasir Abbasi and read, ‘Meena, Maut Mubarak ho. I’ve never said this before. Meena, today your Baji (elder sister) congratulates you on your death and asks you to never step into this world again. This place is not for people like you. Further in the column, Nargis recalled how Meena Kumari once took care of her children Sanjay Dutt and Namrata Dutt when they went out for dinner.
And then, Nargis reveals a horrifying story when she saw Meena Kumari with swollen eyes after hearing loud sounds of violence from the room. The Mother India actress shared, ‘One night I saw her painting in the garden, I told her why don’t you rest, you look so tired. He said- Baazi, it is not in my destiny to rest. I will take rest only once.
That night the sound of beating came from his room. The next day I noticed that his eyes were swollen. I caught Kamal Amrohi’s secretary Baker and said to him in simple words, ‘Why do you want to kill Meena? She has done enough work for you, how long will she feed you?’
Soon after, Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi parted ways. But his liver had become weak due to the consumption of too much alcohol. Nargis wrote in her column that she tried to convince him but Meena Kumari replied, ‘Baji, there is a limit to my patience.’
Barely a month after the release of one of her most acclaimed films, Pakeezah, Meena Kumari said goodbye to life and this world.
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