Mumtaz (actress)

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If I were not an actress, I’d have gone crazy.

Mumtaz Askari Madhvani (born 31 July 1947) is a retired Indian actress who worked in the Hindi film industry.

Quotes from Mumtaz

  • ”I am bored to talk of my films. I cannot even bear to see most of them.”
    • November 1966 (quoted in Filmfare, 7 December 2011)[1]
  • On her passion for acting: "I used to feel a sort of emptiness before I started acting but not any longer... If I were not an actress, I’d have gone crazy."
    • December 1966 (quoted in Filmfare, 7 December 2011)[1]
  • "Women are meant to be loved and not understood."
    • November 1970 (quoted in Filmfare, 7 December 2011)[1]
  • "My kids were in boarding school. I was a bit bored of just jet setting from one country to another. So I came to India to do Aandhiyaan for a lark. I think it was one of David Dhawan's best films, even better than Aankhen. But I was heartbroken when it flopped."
    • March 1994 (quoted in Filmfare, 7 December 2011) [1]

Quotes about Mumtaz

  • "Mumtaz was in the Marilyn Monroe-mould - every man's fantasy woman. She is or was, the kind of woman any man would want to pamper and bury in diamonds, silks, satins... She had a courtesan kind of charm. Absolutely top marks go to her as greatest sex symbol. She was cute, impish, voluptuous. The way she used her body was so natural. She looked juicy! Her smile, her eyes, her pug nose, she was all woman. I don't think anyone else projected sexuality the way she did. She was a raving beauty, and in person too, was very attractive. A great smile, a great sense of humour, and a very no-nonsense down-to-earth manner. She was one woman who did not antagonise other women. And I'm sure every man she met lusted after her. She seemed immensely beddable."
  • "Mumtaz was sensitive, quick to understand and translate every nuance I hinted at, onto the screen, but she was always Dara Singh's Heroine for public. Even Devsaab (Dev Anand) could not get over that image."


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