Mumtaz Shanti


Born: Punjab, India


Mumtaz Shanti (Urdu: ) was a famous movie star of the Bollywood yesteryears, she was very popular in the 40s and early 50s with hit movies like Basant (1942), Kismet (1943), Ghar Ki Izzat (1948) with young Dilip KumarThe movie Kismet in 1943 was the most significant of her illustrious career. The film starring Ashok Kumar as the hero, broke all previous box office records and, besides celebrating many jubilees all over India, ran for 3 years in a single theatre in Calcutta — a record that has been broken only by Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay in the seventies and later by Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Almost all the songs: (Dheerey Dheerey Aa Re Baadal / Ashok Kumar and Ameer Bai, Papiha Re / Parul Ghosh, Aaj Himalay Ki Choti Se / Amir Bai and Chorus, Ab Tere Siwa Kaun Mera / Ameer Bai, Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali Hai / Ameer Bai) became a rage throughout the country.Mumtaz Shanti was married to Wali Mohammad Khan (Wali Saheb), a film director and writer in pre-partition Bollywood. They both moved to Pakistan in early 1950s. Wali Saheb died in 1977.Mumtaz Shanti died unknown and unsung in Pakistan in 1989.

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