Meena Kumari is often cited by media and literary sources as "The Tragedy Queen", both for her frequent portrayal of sorrowful and dramatic roles in her films and her life-story. She was an Indian actress and poet, who worked in Hindi films and was an unforgettable screen presence in the 1950s and '60s. After a failed marriage and unsuccessful affairs, she dissolved her life in alcohol and lost her fame at the time of death.

Meena Kumari (born as Mahjabeen Bano; 1 August 1933 - 31 March 1972) was starred in about 92 films such as "Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam", "Pakeezah", "Mere Apne", "Aarti", "Baiju Bawra", "Dil Ek Mandir", and "Kaazal". She was described by critics as a "historically incomparable" actress of Hindi cinema. She won four Filmfare Awards (Indian Hindi- language film awards) in the Best Actress category.

She was left in an orphanage soon after her birth as her parents were unable to pay the fees of doctor, and had no money to pay her hospital bills in her last days. Her marital life with Kamal Amrohi was turbulent as she was subjected to physical abuse. She got separation from her husband in 1964. After that, she had failed affairs with poet Gulzar, actor Dharmendra and producer Sawan Kumar Tak. The cause of her death was determined to be cirrhosis. She was buried at Rehmatabad Cemetery, Bombay. Kumari requested the following prose for her tombstone: "She ended her life with a broken fiddle, with a broken song, with a broken heart, but not a single regret".

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