Retrograde. Bamboozlement! More Bamboozlement!

She was Sad. She was Happy.

Sad. Meena Kumari in Miss Mary (1957) (via: this excellent Youtube channel of Tommy Dan )

Happy. Publicity still ripped (polished) from an auction site.
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I now know that the story of Meena Kumari as told by Vinod Mehta was sourced by various articles that came out in various magazines after her death. It was perhaps too easy.

2 comments:

  1. I think that there is a need for reevaluation of Meena Kumari life and work as a creative artist on the Indian screen.This is so relevant since 4 decades after her death and in the ensuing period what happened to Indian cinema as a creative art.Vinod Mehta is well predisposed to fill this literary gap felt by many after 2011 Biography of Madhubala written by Mrs Kabir.The two greatest female artist on the Indian cinema scene sharing many instances in common, in life and as well in their departing.

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  2. Meena Kumari was superb in Miss Mary. It was a comedy and she shone in the movie! Such a pity she got stuck in the tragedienne rut!

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