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Manish Malhotra confirms directing Meena Kumari biopic

The Script Is In The Works

Well-known celeb vogue and costume designer Manish Malhotra has confirmed that he might be directing the biopic based mostly on the lifetime of iconic Bollywood actress Meena Kumari. The announcement comes after a lot hypothesis as to his involvement within the undertaking. 

Malhotra confirmed this in an interview with Anupama Chopra for Movie Companion, saying “I don’t know the way it received out however it’s occurring. We’re nonetheless engaged on the script. The script is vital, at all times. I’ve been studying her books. The movie relies on her books. I’ve at all times been fascinated by Meena Kumari.”

Manish Malhotra impressed to do it by Rekha

He additionally added that it was dwelling legend Rekha who really impressed him to delve deeper into the lifetime of Meena Kumari. He mentioned Rekha’s perception that he would see the genius of movie personalities like Meena Kumari and Guru Dutt got here true and he was mesmerised and impressed by Kumari’s ‘adaa’ and expressions. 

Authorized motion by stepson

The experiences Manish was requested about have been circulating for a while, and it’s alleged that Tajdor Amrohi, Meena’s stepson from her marriage with filmmaker Kamal Amrohi was in opposition to the movie being made and even threatened authorized motion in opposition to Manish and Kriti Sanon who’s reportedly in talks to play the titular Meena Kumari. 

Nevertheless, he mentioned in an interview with Bollywood Bubble that he’s holding off on taking authorized motion as a result of the manufacturing hasn’t began but and he doesn’t want to come throughout as ‘publicity hungry.’ 

Whereas the controversy across the making of the biopic is some extent of rivalry, Meena Kumari is beloved throughout India as Bollywood’s ‘Tragedy Queen.’

Her actual life was maybe as dramatic as her reel life, and she or he performed the attractive however doomed heroine. 

Meena Kumari’s Profession

Born Mahajabeen Bano, Meena Kumari was thought-about certainly one of Bollywood’s best actors with a profession spanning over 30 years until her loss of life in 1972. She was pressured by her mother and father to work as a baby actress and debuted in Director Vijay Bhatt’s ‘Leatherface,’ turning into the breadwinner of her household at a really younger age. 

She acted in varied movies like ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai’ and earned many filmfare nominations and 4 ‘Finest Actress’ awards, however maybe her most lauded movie stays Guru Dutt’s ‘Saheb, Bibi aur Ghulam,’ wherein she performed the alcoholic ‘Chhoti Bahu.’ The movie garnered vital acclaim and have become India’s official entry to the Oscars. 

Private tragedies

Her illustrious profession slumped after her marriage to Kamal Amrohi in 1952. Her husband put many stipulations on her persevering with her work as an actress which she tried to insurgent in opposition to and allegedly bodily abused her, which she by no means admitted however was confirmed by six sources. 

She additionally battled with insomnia, for which she was prescribed a nightcap of Brandy each night time, however the drugs quickly became an alcohol habit after Kumari separated from her husband. 

Meena Kumari’s Demise

Kumari was identified with Liver cirrhosis which she received handled for however remained frail, and after the discharge of Pakeezah, she lastly succumbed to the sickness at 38 years previous. As per her request, her tombstone reads “She ended life with a damaged fiddle, with a damaged track, with a damaged coronary heart, however not a single remorse.”

This tragic finish to a life too quick definitely marked as a heroine not solely in life however in loss of life. 

Will the biopic by Manish Malhotra do justice to Meena Kumari’s legacy?

It’s to be seen whether or not Manish Malhotra will do justice to ‘The Tragedy Queen’s life. Whereas he’s famend for his work as a couturier and costumer, he has delved into many careers like modelling, inside designing, and his set to make his directorial debut in a Dharma Productions interval romantic drama.