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Mumtaz (born 31 July 1947, Bombay) is an actress of Hindi Cinema, who appeared in a number of Hindi movies. Mumtaz worked as a child artist in 4 movies between 1952 and1958. She worked as an extra junior artiste extra in 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 actress of Hindi Cinema. 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.
In 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 Mumbai, India, to Abdul Saleem Askari, who was a dry fruits vendor and Sardar Begum Shadi Habib Agha, who was from a rich family, on 31 July 1947. Her parents were of Iranian origin but had settled in Bombay. She entered Hindi Cinema at age 12 in Gehra Daag. Mumtaz’s parents separated soon after her first birthday, and her father remarried being unhappy with birth of 2 daughters from his wife. She lost her mother at the age of 16 and was forced to take up acting as a career as she was the only earning member of the family. She has an elder sister, Malika, and 2 step-brothers, Shazhath and Sharook. She is cousin of the actor Roopesh Kumar.Mumtaz’s mother, Naaz, was also an actress in films. When her family faced financial crisis, Mumtaz agreed to act in films as a junior artist and started appearing in group-scenes. Mumtaz first appeared in as child artist in Sanskar (1952), Yasmin (1955), Lajwanti (1958),Sone Ki Chidiya (1958). As a teenager she acted as an extra in Vallah Kya Baat Hai, Stree and Sehra in the early 1960s. As an adult, her first role in 'A' grade films, was that of the role of sister of the hero in O. P. Ralhan's Gehra Daag. She got small roles in big 'A' grade hit films like Mujhe Jeene Do. Later, she got the role of the main lead heroine in 16 action films with freestyle wrestler Dara Singh and was labelled as a stunt film heroine. Dara Singh-Mumtaz pair had 10 of the 16 films as box office hits. Faulad, Veer Bhimsen, Samson, Hercules, Tarzan Comes to Delhi, Sikandar E Azam, Rustom-E-Hind, Raaka, Boxer, Daku Mangal Singh were her successful films with Dara Singh. In the films that the pair Dara Singh-Mumtaz did together, Dara's remuneration was 4.5 lakh per film and Mumtaz's salary was 2.5 lakh per film.She first gained attention nationally in a supporting role as a vamp in the A grade colour hit film Mere Sanam (1965). The memorable sexy song "Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulphon Ka Andhera" was picturized on her. The success of the film led to another sizzling song "Aye dushman jaan" in another big-budget film Patthar Ke Sanam. Finally, she gained major attention when she played one of Dilip Kumar's leading ladies in Ram Aur Shyam (1967). The film became one of the top hits of the year, and she received her first Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Suddenly, Mumtaz was flooded with offers for supporting roles but not for major leading lady roles. She played supporting roles to character of Sharmila Tagore in several films in the late 1960s, such as for Saawan Ki Ghata, Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi, and Mere Humdum Mere Dost. Mumtaz then got roles of supporting actress in 'A' grade films which went to become hits like Kaajal, Khandaan, Sawan Ki Ghata, Anpadh, Hamraaz, Pyar Kiye Jaa, Pati Patni, Mere Sanam, Suraj, Pathhar Ke Sanam. She had a memorable song and dance number "Aaj Kal Tere Mere" with her co-star Shammi Kapoor in the hit film Brahmachari (1968).It took Raj Khosla's blockbuster Do Raaste (1969) starring Rajesh Khanna to finally make Mumtaz a full-fledged star. Oddly, it was an inconsequential girlfriend role, but director Khosla, so good at picturizing songs, filmed four hit songs on Mumtaz. The film made her hugely popular, and she acknowledged that, even though she had a small role, it was still one of her favorite films. In 1969, her film Do Raaste and Bandhan with Rajesh Khanna became top grossers of the year earning around 6.5 crores and 2.8 Crores respectively. When earlier, she had played a small role as Rajendra Kumar's sister in Gehra Daag, now she was elevated to playing his leading lady in Tangewala. Shashi Kapoor who had earlier refused to work with her in Saccha Jootha because she was a "stunt film heroine" now wanted her to be his heroine in Chor Machaye Shor. She acted opposite Dharmendra as lead heoine in films like "Loafer" and "Jheel ke us paar" ('73) but before 1969, Mumtaz was seen in films, as a supporting actress in films with Dharemdra in lead like "Kaajal" ('65) "Chandan ka Palna" ('67) "Mere Humdum Mere Dost" ('68)and "Aadmi Aur Insaan".She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for one of her favorite films Khilona in 1970, and she was "very happy that the audience accepted her in an emotional role." Mumtaz acted with Dharmendra, Feroz Khan, Sanjeev Kumar and Biswajeet but her pairing opposite Rajesh Khanna was the most popular with the audience and critics alike. Mumtaz had 8 superhits opposite Rajesh Khanna as the solo lead hero in the period 1969-1975. Her own other favorite films from her career are Tere Mere Sapne for director Vijay Anand, Khilona, Bandhan, Do Raaste, Roti, Roop Tera Mastana, Aap Ki Kasam, Prem Kahaniand Aaina. All her films with Rajesh Khanna became critically acclaimed platinum jubilee hits - "Do Raaste" ('69) followed by Bandhan in 1969, "Sachcha Jhoota" ('70), "Dushman" ('71), "Apna Desh" ('72), "Aapki Kasam" ('74), "Roti" ('74), "Prem Kahani" ('75). The pair Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz also appeared in "Aaina" ('77) in which Khanna had a special appearance and in Raja Rani where Mumtaz did a cameo. Jeetendra-Mumtaz as a pair was introduced by V. Shantaram in "Boond Jo Ban Gai Moti" ('67), a box-office dud, but this pair could not be successful as except for "Jigri Dost" ('69), Humjoli (where Mumtaz in guest appearance) and "Ek Naari Ek Brahmchari" ('71) their other films Himmat, Kathputli, Roop Tera Mastana were box-office flops. Mumtaz's pairing with Feroz Khan in Aag ('67), Aadmi Aur Insaan, Upaasna, Mela, Apradh, Nagin; and with Sanjay Khan in Upasana, Dhadkan, Mela were successful too.Mumtaz decided to marry millionaire Mayur Madhwani, and at that time shooting for three films Aap ki Kasam, Roti and Prem Kahani with Rajesh Khanna was yet to begin. After 1974, she stayed back in India as she decided to complete these three films and complete her other pending projects of that time Lafange, Nagin and so decided to leave only the industry in 1976. She returned for one final appearance 12 years later in the 1989 film Aandhiyan, which flopped in India but became silver jubilee hit in Pakistan. After that she turned down all other film offers.
In 1996, she received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. In June 2008, she was honoured for her "Achievements in Indian Cinema" by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), in Bangkok.