What followed was an really candid and specific conversation with ETimes that coated many ups and downs in Mumtaz’s specialist and personal life and how she dealt with them, which provided the many daring and intriguing selections she took in her journey with her co-stars, filmmakers and partner. Go through on…
You are in Mumbai immediately after 12/13 months, which is a longish time period if you compare it to the gap in your prior visits?
Of course, I have occur to Mumbai right after a yr. I was at my London residence and my spouse wasn’t much too pleased about my selection of coming here. He claimed: ‘We are both having aged, I never want you to danger COVID.’ But how long could I have not appear? I adore Mumbai. I was desperate to get here for a handful of times. We have to retain transferring, so what if it’s COVID times? Just take the precautions and reside your daily life.
Your son-in-law Fardeen was listed here for some time not too long ago and we took the chance to talk to him…
Oh, yeah. And just isn’t he looking amazing? He experienced been quite significantly doing work in direction of a comeback- by biking, jogging and executing a large amount of physical exercises. He experienced long gone a bit sad in between soon after getting rid of his father. But a person wonderful day, he got up and mentioned that he requirements to get again in the market. Of study course he experienced been consistently doing work on his villa enterprise with Godrej, alongside. And I am confident this handsome male will work very tricky in the movie industry way too now.
Did you also inform him to get again?
Of course, and why not? He is this sort of a superior searching person, furthermore a great artiste.
We did an job interview with him when he was right here a handful of times back. But notify us, what took place to you after you produced a comeback of sorts with ‘Aandhiyan’ in 1990? We hardly ever saw you on display screen just after that…
Pahlaj Nihalani (producer) and David Dhawan (director) were being extremely sweet and awesome to me, but I was a bit let down. In those days, I imagine it intended that a mother should really appear previous, haggard, unappealing and not have a great determine. Moreover, I believe I didn’t search aged more than enough to search like a hero’s mother then, regardless of wearing a
chashma. Right now, I am 73 but even now I really don’t look my age. Frankly speaking , I have always seemed more youthful than how outdated I essentially am. Even today persons occur and ask me if I have undergone any beauty techniques. I simply tell them that why you should not they convey to all the heroines what I do and then they can glimpse like me (laughs). My youngsters and husband push me to appear great and continue to keep a sturdy tab on my wellness. I physical exercise 45 minutes each working day. I try to eat a proper breakfast- mostly a boiled egg with toast or then an upma. My lunch is made up of a single-and-50 %
dal, rice and some
sabzi. And I never eat at night time. If I experience hungry at evening, I just acquire a fruit or two.
Isn’t really it ironic that a in shape and fighting individual like you is declared dead by the media? Do you get rattled? It has took place twice…
It has occurred thrice (laughs). Men and women ask me: ‘Why do you die so significantly?’ (laughs). But I will not get far too rattled. I get rattled at the fashion in which present day actors dance. They need to have to think about their wellness in the long run. Back again and knees start out giving up quicker than later on when individuals place so substantially actual physical stress on themselves. But I guess, men and women are liking what they are performing.
Will Fardeen’s daughter Diani go on to develop into an actress?
Not sure, but her mom (Natasha) wishes her to understand a large amount of points- dancing, horse riding, swimming. She is very really
khaandaan mein koi bhi badsurat nahi hai.
Did you know swimming?
I did but we were never instructed to do swimming scenes, just a splash or two in the pool. I was also superior at biking and horse-using. I rode a horse in one particular film. I also wore a swimming costume in ‘
Roop Tera Mastana‘- but I wore a bikini in only Feroz Khan’s ‘Apradh’. I had a complicated of my usual hefty Iranian thighs and I assumed a bikini was as well open, but Feroz promised: ‘Mumzy, I will delete the scene if you disapprove of it’. And when I saw the scene, I felt that I was searching really hot and good. But nowadays, almost everything has improved so much (pauses).
Please go on…
Long gone are the days of our Kathak, Bharatanatyam and other Indian dances. Modern heroines are so bold. Of class they operate tricky but
hum itne open dresses nahi pehnte the. Isn’t going to a lady look glamorous even in a saree if it is worn a bit lower? And, seem at present-day audio. No
dum at all, no emotions.
Gaane yaad hi nahi rehte. The movies, by and huge, are just
gandh. There is hardly any tale in any film exceptions of class exist. I also do not fully grasp why you need to have to present nudity to depict sex. Cannot it be just suggestive? And the fewer reported about the
gaaliyaan utilized in sentences, the improved.
Aajkal censors hain bhi ki nahin?
You had been the best paid out actress for fairly a few several years from late-60s to mid-70s. Do you skip those people hey times?
Correct, I billed Rs. 8 lakh about 50 many years ago. But I don’t miss those situations. God has been superior to me. My partner has enough and he supplies me with everything. I have a whole lot of loyal admirers. It is in no way an simple lifetime to be an actor, so it is really practically nothing to miss out on for each se. I am information I have not been neglected by people today. I gave it up all simply because I was quite tired I was undertaking 2 to 3 shifts each individual day, no hole and no rest.
How would you explain your married existence of 46 yrs?
Nicely, Mayur is a complete businessman who functions pretty tough. He seems just after me very nicely. There is no doubt that he loves me. If I am unwell in any component of the entire world, he will come flying to me. We had a bit of a challenge but now almost everything is sorted.
Was it easy for you to mend all those fences?
Har shaadi mein ups and downs come about you have to battle it out.
Aisa kuch critical nahi tha, Mayur was in no way absent from my everyday living. Men and women spoke a lot of garbage which include that ‘
Mumtaz ko nikal diya’.
It was reported that he had bought included with one more woman and was neglecting you…
I am a Leo and a very potent person. There was no query of neglect.
Woh thode din ka hota hai ki kisika kabhi dimaag kharab ho jaata hai. Before long, it really is your husband or wife and young children.
You have been so fond of wearing orange that whenever one particular thinks of you, it really is in orange…
That is again a normal Leo trait. Leos adore orange, Sridevi much too wore a whole lot of orange. Staying an Iranian, I am extremely honest. So I want to dress in vivid colours, they intensify my complexion. But yes coming to your ideal observation of me donning a whole lot of orange, let me explain to you that I even applied to insist that I need at minimum a music in orange if the film is just not heading to have any scope of me putting on it. Heroines these days had that type of liberty, filmmakers gave us the situation and we have been allowed to make your mind up what we preferred to put on. A producer would even shell out up to the tune of Rs 5 lakh for my dresses, which was what most other leading heroines would charge for the total movie. It was these types of a very good time. Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in the movie intended that all territories would be marketed promptly.
Saira Banu instructed me at ETimes in her most current job interview that Mehmood took your images to Dilip Kumar saab to get you cast in ‘Ram aur Shyam’…
True that, I am so thankful to Mehmood
saab and Dilip
saab much too. He bought me a couple of other films as effectively, one particular of them being ‘Gauri’ with Sunil Dutt and Nutan- and I was reverse Dutt
saab. He even went to Shashi Kapoor to endorse my name but Shashi
ji refused to perform with me. I do not blame him as those times I was accomplishing rather a couple films with Dara Singh and comedy roles.
When did the floodgates open?
I imagine I did not glance back just after Sanjay Khan worked with me in ‘Shart’. But then yet again, I had a very tomboy graphic. ‘Khilona’ turned the tide entirely. And you will find a story behind it.
Convey to us…
The writers of ‘Khilona’ required Waheeda Rehman, they mentioned Mumtaz wont be able to do this as it is a quite critical position. But the film’s producer L V Prasad instructed them to choose their script again if they failed to agree on my casting. Prasad
ji mentioned, “It is really alright, I really don’t want to make ‘Khilona’ I shall make some other film with Mumtaz’. The writers had to relent.
And you received the Filmfare Best actress Award for ‘Khilona’…
Imagine! And, that movie whereby some people today didn’t want me went on to earn 9 awards! I wasn’t in Mumbai when I figured out about the award I was shooting with Dev
‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’.
And afterwards, you went on to refuse Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Seeta aur Geeta’…
ji required me to choose only Rs 2 lakh, 1 lakh for Seeta and 1 lakh for Geeta. How could I appear down from my 8 lakh to 2 lakh? It was too small. I agree it was a wonderful position but feel of it, I had finished a really identical film in ‘Ram aur Shyam’. I did really feel sorry when ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ went on to do wonderful business but it doesn’t work to lower your cost so substantially.
How was it doing work with Rajesh Khanna?
I received alongside very effectively with him. He was not a extremely good dancer but a superb actor! I continue to don’t forget my final working day in the sector right before I quit. I was shooting with him ‘Prem Kahani for the track ‘
Chal dariyan mein doob jayen‘. It was a rapidly and sophisticated track in the stanzas and we made use of to signal and enable just about every other. I applied to push on his shoulder when exactly he ought to start out singing. Each individual hero was finally fond of me. I was their favorite. Most heroines having said that didn’t like me.
Yes, and Shammi Kapoor required to marry you…
Certainly. But people however do not believe that that I turned down his relationship proposal. They say how could she have refused an individual like Shammi
ji? But the reality is that I was only 19 then and Shammi
ji preferred a mother for his young children- Geeta Baliji had handed away. Moreover, in those people times, Kapoors did not like it if the bahus in their family members were being in the film line. Shammiji instructed me that if I wished him to be pleased with me, I would have to give up my vocation. Now at that young age I was quite formidable and wished to achieve somewhere. I desired to settle my spouse and children as effectively. Just to sit at home didn’t go down with me.
And then? Was Shammiji alright with you immediately after that?
We had a misunderstanding. He advised me that I experienced pretended to be in love with him simply because I wanted him to work with me in films.
Mujhe dhakka laga.
You enable your head rule around your heart…
I am a sturdy particular person. No issue how much I enjoy a individual, if another person misbehaves with me or tells me anything that is mistaken, then I am not heading to search back. I cam make my head rule about my heart then. I instructed Shammi
ji that ‘
theek hai, agar aap aise sochte hain, toh most important vaada karti hoon ki key aapse kabhi kaam nahin karungi‘. He trapped to his guns, declaring, ‘You really don’t like me ample if you are not quitting acting’. Soon after that, Ramesh Sippy wished me in ‘Andaz’ reverse him. I turned down ‘Andaz’. I was genuinely in enjoy with him and he also loved me very a great deal, he looked just after me so dearly. I have no regrets that when on a time I was in appreciate with Shammi
ji, in point I am happy of these times.
When did Shashi Kapoor concur to work with you?
ji was also advised to do ‘Sachaa Jhutha’ with me but he refused. Then just before our initial movie ‘Chor Machaye Shor’ happened, I after went to Mehboob Studios to request him that why was he refusing films with me. He denied, saying, ‘
Nahin aisa kuch nahi hai‘ but I realized the truth of the matter. And then there and then, I kind of challenged him. I informed him,
‘Dekhna aap zaroor mere se kaam karenge, I defy you’. Immediately after ‘Chor Machaye Shor’, he was fine with me.
Log waqt ke saath chalte hain, koi kiska saga nain hota. I started obtaining a lot of presents opposite him but I could do only ‘Prem Kahani’ with him immediately after that. I was obtaining married and leaving India to settle in London. He was quite hurt.
You did one film with Amitabh Bachchan- ‘Bandhe Haath’…
He is an immensely sophisticated person, fluent in English. His upbringing talks. He is attained such heights and I am so content for him.
And have you held in touch with any one?
Truthfully, not a great deal. But Yash Chopra had as soon as identified as to say that he will educate my daughter Natasha, then Dev
saab named for Tanya,
Salman Khan ki business office se bhi cell phone aaya tha. But Madhvanis also never like their bahus to be in the film line. So, Mayur and I groomed our children in a unique way. Their target revolved about teachers so that they can be part of their father and glance after the family members organization. The more youthful one still doesn’t communicate Hindi fluently that’s sad
lekin kya karein, they both have been introduced up in London. Future guidelines in the close. I had thought that I will marry another person from the film market but seem in which my stars and planets took me. But I am satisfied and at the close of the working day, that’s all that matters, won’t it?