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Mumtaz Biography

Birth Name:
Mumtaz Askari
Birth Place:
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

Fast Facts

  • Was born to Abdul Saleem Askari (a dry fruit vendor) and Shadi Habib Agha (an Iranian of Afghan descent), who divorced when she was just one year old
  • Lived with her maternal grandmother and aunt after her parents' divorce
  • Entered the film industry along with her sister Malika when her family was going through a financial crisis
  • Got her first break as a child artist in the Hindi film Sanskar (1952)
  • Made her debut as an adult opposite Dara Singh in Faulad (1963)
  • Had an affair with Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor when she was only 18 years old
  • Lost her mother during the shooting of Boond Jo Ban Gaye Moti (1967)
  • Married the business tycoon Mayur Madhwani at age 26 and migrated to London
  • Was first offered the role of Dev Anand's sister in Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971), which she refused to become the lead heroine
  • Starred in Bandhe Haath (1973) opposite Amitabh Bachchan who played double role for the first time ever