Mumtaz could be considered the most underrated Bollywood
movie star of the 60s and 70s. She was never given the critical
accolades that lesser stars received and producers and directors
never gave her the plumb lead roles she deserved. However in
the over 120 films she appeared in Mumtaz shone. Maybe it was
her vivaciousness and carefree spontaneous energy that turned
her off to the critics that just couldn't seem to take her seriously?
She was in the 60s full of 'zing' she was groovy, Mumtaz was
Mod maybe too Mod for a traditional 'serious' star.
She started out as a bit player and rose to the top ranks,
an unheard of feat in Bollywood where a form of caste system
exists. She could have remained an 'item' dancer doing those
special frothy numbers that are inserted in every Bollywood
film but on her talent she rose above that role and eventually
became a big star.
Mumtaz retired in the 70s at the top of her career after
marrying 'the 'richest man in Africa' Mayur Madhwani leaving
the tinsel of Bollywood far behind.
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