Fans are observing 30th death anniversary of legendary actor Meena Shorey today (Feb 9). Meena Shorey was an Indian cinema and later Pakistani cinema actress, who worked in Hindi/Urdu and Punjabi films. Credited in films by her mononym, Meena, her real name was Khurshid Jehan. She started her acting career playing a character role, as Ambhi, Raja of Taxila’s sister in Sohrab Modi’s Sikandar (1941).
She found fame when she acted in her husband’s film Ek Thi Ladki (1949), opposite actor Motilal. Meena was acclaimed as the “Lara Lappa Girl”, from the song of same title in the film. She was one of the first women to be recognised in Indian cinema as a “comedienne of calibre”. In 1956, she went to Lahore, Pakistan with her husband, where they were invited by Pakistani producer J.C. Anand to make a film there following her mass popularity with the public in both India and Pakistan..
Meena acted in about twenty-nine films in Pakistan, with lead roles in eleven of them and as a character artiste in the rest. Some of her best films in India included the Punjabi film Chaman (1948), Actress (1948), Ek Thi Ladki (1949), Dholak (1951), and Ek Do Teen (1953). Honours after honours, the diva was embraced with another as she went on to become the “first Pakistani actress to model for Lux” and became known as the “Lux Lady of Pakistan”.
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18 February, 2019