Born on July 31, 1947, in Bombay, Mumtaz was just 5 when she first appeared in as a child artist in Sanskar (1952). The actress was introduced as baby Mumu, fondly called by her parents - father Abdul Saleem Askari and mother Shadi Habib Agha aka Naaz, both of Iranian origin but settled in Bombay. (All photos/mid-day archives, Instagram and Youtube)
At the age of 7, Mumtaz starred in Yasmin (1955) and then later also appeared in Lajwanti (1958), Sone Ki Chidiya (1958) and Stree (1961). Well, it won't be wrong to say that acting was in Mumtaz's genes, as her mother Naaz was also an actress.
In picture: A snapshot from the song 'Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche'. Mumtaz and Shammi Kapoor danced their hearts out in this track from Brahmachari (1968).
Mumtaz's parents got divorced just one year after she was born. The actress was raised by her mother, who moved in with her maternal grandmother and aunt. As the family went through a financial crisis, Mumtaz and her sister took up the baton to help their family.
Mumtaz's career had a humble beginning. She started as an extra in films in the early 1960s.
In picture: Mumtaz with her husband Mayur Madhvani at the sangeet ceremony of Zayed Khan at the Grand Maratha Sheraton.
Mumtaz's first film as an adult was that of O. P. Ralhan's Gehra Daag (1963). She appeared in as good as eight films, that released in 1964.
In picture: Mumtaz with her daughter Tanya Madhvani.
In a career that spanned 15 years, Mumtaz acted in 108 films.
In picture: Mumtaz with her son-in-law.
Did you know Mumtaz had once refused to work with Amitabh Bachchan? Can you believe it? It was during her initial days of career when Bachchan was considered to be an "unsuccessful" hero.
In picture: Sunil Dutt and Mumtaz, during a party.
Mumtaz had once revealed that she used to receive remuneration as high as 2.5 lakh at that time. In an old interview with mid-day, she had mentioned, "My role used to be very small, maybe a couple of romantic scenes and some songs. I still remember I used to get a remuneration of Rs 2.5 lakh, which was considered a big amount in those days."
Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna's chemistry was legendary. They did eight films together, and all of them clicked at the box-office. One of the most popular songs of the duo is 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar'.
'Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulphon Ka Andhera', the seductive song from Mere Sanam (1965) picturized on Mumtaz, grabbed eyeballs.
In 1973, for the first time Amitabh Bachchan played a double role in a film called Bandhe Haath and well it was opposite Mumtaz.
Do Raaste (1969), co-starring Rajesh Khanna, made Mumtaz a big star even though she had an insignificant role.
Mumtaz married millionaire Mayur Madhwani in 1974 and quit the industry after completing her pending projects.
At the peak of her career, she quit acting after she moved to Mombasa with husband and later to London.
Though Mumtaz tried her hand at a comeback with Aandhiyan (1990), the film bombed and the actress refused other film offers.
Mumtaz is the mother-in-law of actor Fardeen Khan as her daughter Natasha married Feroz Khan's son in 2005.
In picture: Feroz with yesteryear actress Mumtaz during the engagement of Fardeen and Natasha in London.
Mumtaz won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for one of her favourite films Khilona in 1970.
In picture: Mumtaz on the ramp with Hema Malini.
Mumtaz was also conferred upon Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and IIFA Outstanding Contribution by an Indian in Cinema, Honorary Award in 2008.
Mumtaz is rocking at 72 and a true to the phrase 'ageing like a fine wine'! Here's wishing a very happy birthday to the veteran actress!
Veteran actress Mumtaz turns 72 tomorrow. Here's taking a look at the beautiful actress' journey in the filmdom, some interesting facts you might know, through unseen pictures.
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