I am lonely, says Bollywood actress Mumtaz

Mumtaz now and then

By Subhash K Jha

MUMBAI: Former Bollywood actress Mumtaz, who celebrates her birthday on July 31, is a name that spins magic from f(r)ame to f(r)ame.

The actress who was born on July 31, 1947, started as a child artiste, then went on to play supporting roles of sisters and sahelis to heroines. Finally, Mumtaz reached the leading lady’s slot in the 1970s with a slew of super hits. She retired from acting at the prime of her career to marry business tycoon Mayur Madhvani.

Mumtaz at her prime
Mumtaz at her prime.

Sighing with a sense of a life fully lived, Mumtaz says, “I’ve been lucky. I started my career on the wrong note as a supporting actress. In spite of that I became one of the top-most heroines at the age of 18.That shows how much people loved me. I’d be appreciated even when I was not the heroine. My fans were with me. Then I married at 26 and left India.”

Mumtaz now lives a life of luxury in London, far away from the Bollywood bustle.

Mumtaz wearing bikini in Apradh film
Mumtaz in bikini in Apradh

Recalling her childhood, Mumtaz – who thrilled audiences with her seductive and sensitive performances in Khilona, Tere Mere Sapne, Aap Ki Kasam, Aaina and Prem Kahan – says, “I was raised by my grandmother, mother and my aunt. It was a wonderful childhood. We were a typical Iranian family. My mother was divorced when she was only 16. Then my mother re-married. She had two sons. One of them died. But I’ve a stepbrother named Shah Rukh Askari in Mumbai.”

Actress Mumtaz says she now lives a sedentary life in London. “I don’t socialize. I rarely drink. I am not a night person. Clubs are not my scene. I hate the noise. One can’t converse. I am a daytime person. I go out for lunch with my friends, then stroll for a few hours. London is a perfect city for an afternoon walk. Then I am back home. I watch educational television and the news so I’m aware of what’s going on in the world. Then by 11 I am fast asleep. I wake up at 7 am.”

This diva, who stole millions of hearts including Shahrukh Khan’s, has no regrets about quitting Bollywood at the peak of her career. Her last film before she married and left India was K Balachander’s memorable Aaina.

Says Mumtaz, “I did make a comeback in 1990 with Aandhiyaan. When it flopped, my heart broke. I did get offers after that. But I decided against doing any more films. There’s too much politics in the film industry.I saw no need to go through the rigours of the rat race. I live in London. Working in Mumbai would have been impractical. It meant too much stress. I didn’t need it.”  (This interview was taken a few years ago)

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  1. I am an Iranian professor living in Tehran. Mumtaz was my fan during my teenage years. She left the movie industry and at the same time I started my university studies in 1977. I still admires her as one if the best Indian Ctresses of all times. I do not know my interest in Mumtaz was because of her Iranian origins or her talent. probably both. I hope to see her one day as I am in my late fifties.

    • Hi I also Iam fan of mumtaz she was and still is the most beautiful actress of her time I admired her beauty and talent

  2. She was one of my favourite actresses. Reminds me of a wonderful era and and a wonderful life. Good on her for calling it a day at her peak and lovely to hear she is living happily in London( My home town) . My wife and I would love to meet her.
    Best wishes to her and her family. God bless.


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