March 31 marks the 46th death anniversary of Meena Kumari, one of the most enigmatic stars to grace the Hindi silver screen.
Few people seem to know that Meena Kumari had immense love for books. She used to enjoy reading poetry during breaks in the shoot. She was not formally schooled as she started her career at a very early age but she was still fluent in many languages and was an avid reader. Having Kaifi Azmi as a mentor, she had started composing poetry. She harbored a deep desire to be recognized as a poet. The honor eluded her in life. It was only after her death at the age of 39 on March 31, 1972, that her poetry began to surface.
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