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Mumtaz (Hindi: मुमताज़ Arabic: ممتاز) (born 31 July 1947), is an actress of Hindi Cinema, who appeared in a number of Hindi movies. Mumtaz started as a child actor, and she worked as an extra junior artiste in 6 films in 1961–1963. 
From 1963 to 1968, she acted in low-budget movies, then known as B-grade movies, opposite Dara Singh. In A-grade movies, she caught attention with the 1965 film Mere Sanam in which she played the role of a vamp, and after this, she appeared in a number of A-grade movies in supporting roles, including Patthar Ke Sanam, Ram Aur Shyam, and Brahmchari. But it was the 1969 hit movie Do Raaste which made her an overnight star actress. It was one of her first A-grade movies as the heroine and her first movie with actor Rajesh Khanna. The 1970s proved to be an era which established Mumtaz as one of the most successful actresses of Hindi Cinema. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Khilona in 1970. She was voted the second most popular beauty in the poll conducted as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Indian cinema, in association with the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), in 2012.

Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore were the highest paid actresses in Hindi Cinema in the period 1970–1976. Mumtaz appeared in a number of commercially and critically successful movies such as Bandhan (1969), Sachaa Jhutha (1970), Khilona (1970), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Dushman (1971), Apna Desh (1972), Apradh, Chor Machaye Shor (1973), Jheel Ke Us Paar, Aap Ki Kasam, Roti (1974) and Prem Kahani (1975). She and critics regards her best work was in Aaina, which, although not commercially successful, was critically acclaimed. At the peak of her career, she married business tycoon Mayur Madhvani in 1974 but continued working in films until 1976 to meet her commitments.

During her career, she was awarded with one Filmfare Award for Best Actress, out of three nominations, and one BFJA Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Mumtaz was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) to Abdul Saleem Askari, who was a dry fruits vendor, and Shadi Habib Agha, on 31 July 1947. Mumtaz’s parents who were of Iranian origin, separated soon after her first birthday, and her father remarried. She lost her mother at the age of 16 and took up acting as a career. She has an elder sister, Malika, and 2 step-brothers, Shazhath and Sharook. She is the cousin of actor Roopesh Kumar.

Mumtaz married Mayur Madhvani on 29 May 1974. They have two daughters, Natasha and Tanya. Natasha, the elder daughter, married the actor Fardeen Khan, son of Feroz Khan, in December 2005. Her sister Mallika is married to Randhawa, film actor and younger brother of Dara Singh.


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