Bollywood’s original Oomph Mumtaz

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Mumtaz entered the film scene as a cherubic young girl of 14-15 years of age in 60s. Too young to be cast as leading lady, she started with bit roles only, but was not missed, and quickly graduated to lead roles in low budget movies. She was extremely versatile, beautiful, charming, and stole everybody’s heart by her captivating looks and inspired performances in each of her film. On NMTV Profiles, this weekend we have oomph and spirit of Mumtaz
On July 31, 1947 Abdul Sameed Askari and Sardar Begum Habib Agha, both of Iranian origin but settled in Bombay, India, were blessed with a daughter who grew up to become Mumtaz – a famous Bollywood actress.

She is most remembered for her roles in Tere Mere Sapne and Khilona. Her performance in Khilona got her the Filmfare Best Actress Award, while the film itself won the Filmfare Best Movie Award. Mumtaz was extremely versatile, beautiful, charming, and stole everybody’s heart by her captivating looks and inspired performances in each of her film. She quickly out-shadowed and dethroned the established queens in a very short time because of her histrionics. This included Vijanthimala, Nutan, Wahida Rehman and Ayesha Parekh. Mumtaz was sensitive, quick to understand and translate every nuance hinted at, onto the screen. Even in her brief roles against established actresses, she was the one who got noticed more and lingered in viewers’ memories for longer periods.

She acted in more than 100 films during a short career span of 14 years, and romanced the top actors of that era like Mehmood, Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Firoz Khan. Her roles made every man’s fantasy woman. She outshone everybody because of the simple reason that she was so versatile that every role appeared as if it was written with just Mumtaz in mind. Whether the role was negative or positive, serious or light, she proved her worth. Whether the role was for an urbanite or rustic, majestic or pauper, innocent or vile, gentle or venomous, coy or flaunting, Mumtaz just fitted them like a glove.

The public adulation for her is still strong. Mumtaz married millionaire Mayur Madhvani on 29 May 1974 and retired from films at a time when three of her releases were running super-hits in cinemas.She oozed oodles of oomph, but the appeal of the bubblacious, button-nosed beauty lay significantly in her innate spirit, dazzlingly expressed in sunlit smiles and sparkling-like-champagne eyes. The response to the continuous spate of screening of her movies on various television channels, even after more than two decades of her self-retirement, proves her tremendous unending popularity due to Mumtaz’s incomparable oomph, spirit and charisma.