Veteran actress Minoo Mumtaz passes away

Well-known actress-dancer Minoo Mumtaz, the sister of comedian-filmmaker Mehmood, has recently passed away in Toronto, Canada. She was in her 80s, died on Friday night at a city hospital due to various health issues.

Well-known actress-dancer Minoo Mumtaz, the sister of comedian-filmmaker Mehmood, has recently passed away in Toronto, Canada. She was in her 80s, died on Friday night at a city hospital due to various health issues.

Her brother Anwar Ali’s wife Mona Mathur Ali told PTI, “She was diagnosed with cancer a few days ago but that may not have been the reason for her demise, there were other health issues. She was in her cheerful best. We spoke to her ten days ago on video call, she looked lovely, groomed and beaming self.”

She further stated late actress would meet her contemporaries, like veteran actor Saira Banu, whenever she would visit India.
Her father Mumtaz Ali, who was a dancer and character artiste in films in the 1940s, and mother’s name was Latifunissa Begum. However, Minoo Mumtaz was one of the four daughters and four sons.

The actor’s actual name was Malikunnisa, started off as a dancer and featured in several films during the 1950s and 1960s.

She made her acting debut with “Sakhi Hateem” and displayed in a famous song ‘Jab raat hai aisi matwali’ from “Mughal-E-Azam”, another hit song ‘Reshmi salwar kurta jali ka’ from “Naya Daur”, ‘Sakhiya aaj mujhe neend nahin’ from ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, ‘Boojh mera kya maam re’ from “CID”, among others.

Some of her other remarkable films such as “Kaagaz Ke Phool”, “Chaudhvin Ka Chand”, “Taj Mahal”, “Ghoonghat”, “Insan Jaag Utha”, “Gazal”, “Aladin” and “Dharmaputra”.


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