Veena (actress)

Veena (4 July 1926 – 14 November 2004), also known as Veena Kumari, real name Tajour Sultana, was an Indian actress.

Veena
Veena 1945.jpg
Born
Tajour Sultana

(1926-07-04)4 July 1926
Died14 November 2004(2004-11-14) (aged 78)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress
Years active1939 – 1983

Early life and backgroundEdit

Veena was born as Tajour Sultana on 4 July 1926 in Quetta, Baluchistan Agency, British India.[1][2] At some point of time, her family shifted to Lahore and they lived in Lahore.[1]

She married actor-hero Al Nasir in 1947 in Junagadh and had two children with him. Al Nasir was from a royal family in Bhopal and had already been married, first to actress Meena Shorey and then to Manorama. They both worked together in a few films but their films flopped at the box-office. Al Nasir died in 1957 due to tetanus.[1][2]

CareerEdit

Veena started out playing heroine roles in pre-partition films. She made her debut with Garib and Gawandhi (1942) at around sixteen years of age. Garib was made in Urdu and Gawandhi was made in Punjabi and directed by Mehboob Khan.[2] In Garib, she played the role of Lata and in Gawandhi she played heroine opposite Shyam, who played the hero. She became known for her roles in pre-partition Hindi and Urdu films. Her early years in films came with films such as Najma (1943), Phool (1945) and Humayun (1945). Her last film before the Partition of India was Rajputani (1946), in which she played a supporting role. She decided to remain in India after the partition in 1947, and she acted through the mid-to-late-1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. She played roles in big productions such as Halaku (1956), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Taj Mahal (1963),Do Raaste (1969) and Pakeezah (1972). She retired in 1983 after the release of Razia Sultan (1983) in which she played Empress Shah Turkhan.[2]

DeathEdit

Veena died in Bombay on 14 November 2004 after 21 years of retirement when she was 78 years old after suffering from a protracted illness. She had appeared in over 70 feature films in a career spanning 41 years (1942 – 1983).[2]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Character/Role Notes
1986 Mazloom
1983 Razia Sultan[1][2] Empress Shah Turkhan
1981 Agni Pareeksha (1981 film) Karuna Choudhary
Khawaja Ki Diwani
1980 Payal Ki Jhankaar
1978 Satyam Shivam Sundaram[1]
Nawab Sahib Farida
1977 Jay Vejay Chandeli
Shatranj Ke Khilari Queen Mother
1974 Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam Rani Sheela
1974 5 Rifles Maharani
Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye Raja's mother
1973 Jheel Ke Us Paar Mrs. Kulwant Rai 'Rani Maa'
Chhupa Rustam Mrs. Rajendra Jain
Banrasi Babu Mohan's Mother
Mere Gharib Nawaz Begum Baig
1972 Parichay Sati Devi
Pakeezah[1][2] Nawabjaan
Shehzada Rajlaxmi
1970 Heer Raanjha
Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai
Naya Raasta Rukmini
1969 Do Raaste Mrs. Gupta, Satyan's mother
Anmol Moti
1968 Aashirwad Leela S. Choudhary
Saathi Rajni's Mother
Shrimanji
1967 Chhoti Si Mulaqat Shanker's wife
Noor Jehan[1]
1966 Sannata
1966 Alibaba Aur 40 Chor (1966 film) Razia, Ali Baba's older sister
1965 Sikandar-E-Azam Sikandar's mother
1964 Baghi
Shehnai
1963 Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon Jamuna
Taj Mahal[1][2] Malka-E-Alam Noor Jehan/Mehrunissa
1959 Chhoti Bahen Yashoda
Kaagaz Ke Phool[1] Veena Varma/Veena Sinha
1958 Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi[1][2] Kamini
Mehndi
1957 Mera Salaam
Mumtaz Mahal
Naya Zamana
1956 Halaku Maharani
1952 Aasmaan
Annadata
1951 Afsana[1][2] Meera
Kashmir
1950 Dastan[1][2] Rani
1946 Rajputani
1945 Humayun Rajkumari (as Veena Kumari)
Phool[1][2]
1943 Najma[1] Najma
1942 Garib Lata (as Veena Kumari)
1939 Swastik

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Veena (actress) profile on Indian Cinema Heritage Foundation website Retrieved 23 January 2022
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Remembering the royally graceful actress Veena – Birth anniversary special Cinestaan.com website, Published 4 July 2017, Retrieved 23 January 2022

External linksEdit