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

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