The renowed Bollywood actress of erstwhile time Meena kumari is remembered by all as the "Tragedy Queen". Her real name was Mahjabeen Bux(nicknamed Manju).She was born on Aug 1st in 1932 in Dr. Gadre's clinic in Bombay(now Mumbai) to a Muslim father, Ali Bux, and a Hindu mother, Iqbal Begum (Nee Prabhavati Tagore).At the time of her birth, her parents were unable to pay the fees of Dr. Gadre, who had delivered her, so her father left her a muslim orphanage,however, he picked her up after a few hours. She had two sisters Khurshid and Madhu. Mahjabeen wanted to study in school and write poems but was compelled to act in Hindi movies as a child artiste(sarted acting at the age of 9 ), and ended up becoming the sole bread earner of the family.Her mother who was an unsuccessful actress in her times also wanted Mahjabeen to fulfill her long cherished dream. Meena Kumari went on to act in a total of 94 movies, in a career that spanned from 1939 through to 1972. She become a household name after her performances in 'Baiju Bawra', 'Parineeta', 'Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam', 'Kaajal' as well as received 'Best Actress' awards for these titles. Meena fell in love with a married film director and ultimately in 1952 she got married to Kamal Amrohi, and had a son named Taajdaar. The marriage was harmonious and resulted in joint movie ventures, namely 'Daera' and 'Pakeezah'. Neither knew that the latter would take over 14 years to complete. A few years after the marriage, Kamal and Meena started having differences, and started to drift apart, and finally divorced during 1964, leaving 'Pakeezah' incomplete.But Meena couldn't accept this seperation and took recourse to drinking and her health deteriorated gradually. 'Pakeezah' was finally completed when Meena was very sick and released on 4 February 1972, but flopped at the box office. A few weeks later Meena was hospitalized in St. Elizabeth's Nursing Home, but passed away on March 31, 1972 due to liver cirrhosis. It is learnt that at this time she was almost immersed in debt and had neither bank balance nor friends to support her. Shortly after her passing, the public took a renewed interest in 'Pakeezah' and the film subsequently went on to become a hit. The "Tragedy Queen" of Bollywood was also a tragedy heroin in her real life. There was a lot of similarities in her reel and real life story.Her friends said she loved to live a life of meloncholy.Her tormented childhood and later betrayal and failing love made her a lover of sadness. This inspired her to write many urdu poems which were also also published. She expressed her sorrows prominently in her poetry. About Kamal Amrohi (her husband) she wrote: Tum kya karoge sunkar mujhse meri kahani Belutf zindagi ke kisse hain pheeke pheeke Why do you want to listen to my story: Colourless tales of a joyless life At the time of the divorce, she wrote: Talaak to de rahe ho Nazar-e-kahar ke saath Jawani bhi mere lauta do Mehar ke saath You are divorcing me with rage in your eyes Return to me, also, my youth along with the dowry!