June 10, 2023


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Meena Kumari’s story

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Meena KumariFirst published in 1972, Vinod Mehta’s riveting account of Hindi film actress Meena Kumari’s life begins with her death, weeks after the release of her  swan-song Pakeezah. A revised edition of the book is being released 41 years after first publication with a fresh introduction by the author. On Meena Kumari’s 81st birth anniversary, we present as an extract the chapter titled Pakeezah


First Meena Kumari made this film with her money. Then with her death. — Mr Habib Khan (taxi driver)

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