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Mumtaz turns 73: Watch these films of the veteran actor to ring in her birthday
Hia Datta
Jul 31, 2021
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From doing small roles as a teen to going up the curve as the female lead in Dara Singh starrer action films, Mumtaz charmed and shined her way through as an actor who juggled various genres and roles, while smashing any stereotypical on-screen persona coming her way. She got her big break with Do Raaste and thereon gradually ascended to rule the roost of the female actors in the late 20th century.

Off-screen too, she has gained positive attention through her support for the cause of Breast cancer survivors.

Here’s wishing the beautiful and versatile actress from the classic years of Hindi cinema a very happy birthday.

A look at a few of her films that will introduce you to her work, if you haven’t seen much of her on-screen.

1
Khilona
7.4OTTplay Rating
Khilona: Mumtaz clinched the Filmfare award for Best Actress for this 1970 drama directed by Chander Mohra. Remade from the Telugu film Punarjanma, the film features Sanjeev Kapoor and Jeetendra and Shatrughan Sinha as the lead cast alongside her. Sanjeev Kumar goes out of his mind when the woman he loves commits suicide after marrying another man. In a bid to cure his mental state, his desperate family brings home Chand, a tawaif played by Mumtaz to act as his wife and help bring him out from his current state, but complications come in from there.
2
Do Raaste
7.3OTTplay Rating
Do raaste: This 1969 Raj Khosla directorial chronicles the story of a lower middle-class family, and the conflict between the devotion and commitment to one’s parents as against the troubles in a joint family set-up. It is also about the dynamics of a joint family and the bonds shared by the members. Navendu Gupta (Balraj Sahni) tends to his stepmother and half-brothers to keep the promise he had made to his father. He educates his two brothers Viju (Prem Chopra) and Satyen (Rajesh Khanna). Viju returns with an engineering degree from England and marries a rich girl Neela (Bindu). Her dominating nature disrupts the harmony within the family. Satyen, while opposing Neela, falls in love with her sister Reena, played by Mumtaz. Satyen and Reena now come together to bring the family together.
3
Aap ki kasam
7.4OTTplay Rating
Aap Ki Kasam: Jai Jai Shiv Shankar, Karvate Badalte Rahe, Zindagi Ke Safar Mein - these classic melodies resonate as fresh today as in 1974, the year the film was released. Rajesh Khanna played Kamal Bhatnagar, a possessive and jealous husband to his wife Sunita played by Mumtaz. When Mohan (Sanjeev Kumar), enters their life, Kamal suspects Sunita of disloyalty and their marriage disintegrates, propelling the narrative arc to further doom. The superhit film was also critically well-received and earned R.D, Burman his only Filmfare nomination for his music in the film. Mumtaz pulled off a convincing act in the film, doing the range of emotions as a wife put through the trial by her husband’s suspicion.
4
Loafer
6.7OTTplay Rating
Loafer: This 1973 hit sealed Dharmendra’s position as the numero uno Hindi film actor in the early late 20th century. Mumtaz plays Anju, a young woman who crosses paths with Ranjit (Dharmendra), an idle loafer and pickpocket of the gang only to spy on him, as per the directive of the rival gang. However, the story takes an interesting turn when the scheming turns to a soft corner and then love. Both Dharmendra and Mumtaz were praised by the critics for their performances. ‘Aaj Mausam Bada Beimaan Hai’, composed by the talented musical duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal ranks high on classic musical hits of Hindi cinema.
5
Tere Mere Sapne
7.4OTTplay Rating
Tere Mere Sapne: Drawn from The Citadel by AJ Cronin, this 1971 Dev Anand starrer, narrates the tale of a successful doctor Anand Kumar (Dev Anand) who shifts to Mumbai with his wife Nisha Patel (Mumtaz) and becomes a high-profile doctor. He is buoyed by idealism in his heart but soon stumbles upon the conflict at the heart of the moneymaking part of the profession versus the ideal of selfless service to humanity as a doctor. Although the film couldn’t make a mark at the box office, Tere Mere Sapne is considered to be one of Mumtaz’s best acts.
6
Prem Kahani
6.2OTTplay Rating
Prem Kahani: This 1975 film directed by Raj Khosla emerged to be one of the highest-grossing Indian films of the year. The plot is set in during the British Raj in India and follows an apolitical poet Rajesh (Rajesh Khanna) who lives with his brother, sister-in-law and niece in a small town. Unlike his brother, Rajesh keeps away from politics but a personal tragedy polarly changes his stance and he now becomes a freedom fighter for the newfound purpose of his life. He also gives up his love Kamini (Mumtaz) and the tale unfolds from there.
7
Ram Aur Shyam
7.8OTTplay Rating
Ram Aur Shyam: Mumtaz earned a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress at the 15th Filmfare awards for her portrayal of Shanta, a village girl in this 1967 Indian comedy-drama film that was a hit at the box office. Dilip Kumar featured in a double role as Ram and Shyam, setting the precedent for double roles in Hindi cinema thereafter. Ram is reserved and shy by nature. He lives in a family estate with his sister, niece and brother-in-law. On the other hand, his long-lost twin brother Shyam, an outgoing fellow and a mischief-maker lives in a village with his adopted mother and is forever scuffling with Shanta. When fate makes them switch places, things fall into place for them eventually. Shanta falls in love with Shyam, and Waheeda Rehman as Anjana falls for Ram.

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