Saturday, September 12, 2009

Legendary tragedy queen of Bollywood

Dear Ganga,
I do not know how many times I have heard the hindi film song I am writing about, but for the first time, I noticed that it is NOT written by one of the lyricists I associated with its language. Let me see how many of my friends can tell!
The emotive couplets of the song are:
Yeh paap hai kya yeh punya hai kya, reetoN par dharm ki mohareN haiN
Har yug meN badalte dharmoN ko, kaise aadarsh banavoge?

Yeh bhog bhi ek tapasya hai, tum tyaag ke maaro kya jaano?
Apmaan rachiyata ka hoga, rachnaa ko jo tum thukraoge!

(Note: The capital N is silent. It merely adds a nasal sound)

I am sure no one has forgotten the unforgettable Meena Kumari film.
Love, and regards,
Maj Gen Surjit Singh (Retd)
For those who do not understand Hindi, please revert to me. I was educated in Allahabad, with Sanskrit as a compulsory subject. And I loved it.

Meena Kumari, born Mahjabeen and the legendary tragedy queen of Indian cinema was one of the most beloved actresses of all times in Bollywood cinema and she continues to live deep into the hearts of people even today. She is invariably called the "Tragedy Queen" and her work is considered immortal.. Her classic contributions include Parineeta, Baiju Bawra, Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam and Pakeezah. She was also one of the great urdu poets of the land and has written beautiful sad poems in her lonely days! She also recorded an album of her own poetry in her own voice which was her dream project of life. She has significant contributions as an actress as well as a child actress baby Meena who started at the age of just six years. For the lovers and admirers of the beautiful, mesmerizing and legendary Meena Kumari, here she lives again in her films, her poetry, her life and her voice.

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