Mumtaz turns 74: A look at 10 films by Bollywood's diva

Bollywood’s evergreen diva Mumtaz turns 74 today. The actress’ impeccable acting skills and bewitching charms enamoured the 60s and 70s of Bollywood.

Reigning the golden era of cinema, Mumtaz gained various accolades to her honour. In an age when women in cinema were portrayed only within the stereotypical boundaries, Mumtaz came up to be one of the ultimate sex symbols of the 60s.

On Mumtaz’s birthday, let us look back to a list of top 10 movies of the diva reminiscing her relentless enigma.

  1.  Khilona (1970)

Sharing screen with some of the most powerful actors of the industry, Mumtaz favuored the highlight of the 1970 blockbuster with her creative affluence. She seamlessly fit in into the character’s shoes and did absolute justice to the title of the movie ‘Khilona’. Mumtaz’s effortless performance as the subject of concern who gets tangled with a mental patient added value to the brilliances of her co-stars Sanjeev Kumar and Shatrughhan Sinha and made the movie a success.

2. Ram aur Shyam (1967)

One of the highest-grossing Indian blockbusters, Ram aur Shyam rests its head on the outstanding cast of Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman and Mumtaz. Being the love interest of Ram, Mumtaz supported the legendary Dilip Kumar with her impressive efficiency. With a convincing storyline and set of brilliant artists, the tale of two twin brothers ‘Ram aur Shyam’ is nevertheless an exciting watch.

3. Brahmachari (1968)

The story of a young, abandoned Brahmachari starring Shammi Kapoor, Rajshree, Pran and Mumtaz is a definite watch for those who like classics. As good as the protagonist, Mumtaz never compromised on her supporting roles and her character in Brahmachari speaks of the same. The movie bagged the FilmFare Best movie Award.

4. Loafer (1973)

An exciting ride of thrill, drama and romance, Loafer only accentuates Mumtaz’s beauty on screen. Ranjit (Dharmendra), a high handed thief falls in love with Anju (Mumtaz) and the intense dramatic build up in the storyline certainly makes it one of Bollywood’s feel good movies.

5. Do Raaste (1969)

Coupled with the best of the field Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz somehow manages to outshine herself every single time. The story revolves around the dramatic upturns of the plot arisen by a rich, obscure woman in a conflict-ridden family. It was only after Do Raaste that Mumtaz tasted success in Bollywood.

6. Aadmi aur Insaan (1969)

Featuring notable figures like Dharmendra, Saira Banu, Feroz Khan and Mumtaz, the 1969 Bollywood drama ‘Aadmi aur Insaan’ is an account of two friends who gets involved in a trifle after falling in love with the same girl. Even with such a magnetic starcast, Mumtaz’s skills didn’t lose focus in line with the remaining stars.

7. Tere Mere Sapne (1971)

Vijay Anand’s ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ wears intimacy in coloured cap. A smooth picturesque portrait of intimacy weaved within marriage and friendship is brought to splendid vigor by Dev Anand and Mumtaz’s headstrong chemistry. Driven by love, vision and obsession, the film is a fine take on drama and cinematic upsurge.

8. Apna Desh (1972)

Yet another well-accredited film, ‘Apna Desh’ shines with Mumtaz’s vogue and outgoing drama along with Rajesh Khanna’s usual delight. Followed by the powerful direction of Jambu and amazing soundtrack by R.D. Burman, the movie rose to be a massive commercial success.

9. Apradh (1972)

With a steaming storyline of a racecar driver falling in love with a jewel thief, ‘Apradh’ surely made its name into one of the notable movies of Bollywood. Apradh is where the Bollywood diva Mumtaz made the cut with her appearance in a bikini. Breaking through the conventional don’ts of Bollywood, Mumtaz crafted a niche for herself in her years to come and the rest is history.

10. Aap Ki Kasam (1974)

Aap Ki Kasam’ is a film dwelling on the sizzling chemistry and the dramatic build-up between Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz. The movie remains one of the classics in Mumtaz’s career span that brought out the performer in her. Crushed between the ambits of love and trust, the movie is worth a watch with all the packed glory and entertainment.

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