Meena Kumari

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HarperCollins Publishers India, Jul 10, 2013 - Performing Arts - 252 pages
The Life and Times of India's Greatest Tragedienne Vinod Mehta's riveting account of Meena Kumari's life begins with her death, weeks after the release of her swan-song Pakeezah. He goes back in time to Meetawala Chawl in Dadar East, where she was born, and to the flats and mansions she lived in, the studios where she worked, the hospital where she died and the cemetery she was cremated in. Having never met the star, Mehta talks to all those who were close to her - her much-maligned husband Kamal Amrohi, her sisters, her in-laws, her colleagues and co-stars - to create a complex portrait of a woman who carefully cultivated the image of someone 'unfairly exploited and betrayed by her lovers and lady luck'. It was a picture that blended with her on-screen persona. The media had, after all, already anointed her Hindi cinema's 'great tragedienne'. First published in 1972, this revised edition comes with a fresh introduction by the author and introduces a legend of Indian cinema to a new readership.

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About the author (2013)

Vinod Mehta, one of India's most well-known and respected journalists, began his career editing Debonair. Along with being the founder-editor of several publications (including the Sunday Observer and the Delhi edition of the Pioneer), he has written a number of books, including a biography of Meena Kumari (forthcoming from HarperCollins India) and a memoir Lucknow Boy. He was editor-in-chief of Outlook India until February 2012, and now serves as an advisor to the magazine.

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