Mumtaz Askari Madhvani, born on July 31, 1947, is a celebrated Indian actress renowned for her work in Hindi films. She embarked on her acting journey at a tender age of 11, making her debut in the film industry with “Sone Ki Chidiya” in 1958. Initially, she took on smaller roles in movies like “Stree” (1961) and “Sehra” (1963). However, her career took a significant turn when she was typecast as the “stunt film heroine” in movies like “Faulad” (1963) and “Daku Mangal Singh” (1966), which temporarily hindered her progress.
Mumtaz’s fortunes changed when she received acclaim for her performances in movies like “Ram Aur Shyam” (1967), “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost” (1968), and “Brahmachari” (1968). Her breakthrough came with the film “Do Raaste” (1969), propelling her to the forefront of the industry. Subsequently, she established herself as one of the leading actresses in Hindi cinema, delivering remarkable performances in movies such as “Bandhan” (1969), “Aadmi Aur Insaan” (1969), “Sachaa Jhutha” (1970), “Khilona” (1970) (which earned her the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actress), “Tere Mere Sapne” (1971), “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” (1971), “Apna Desh” (1972), “Loafer” (1973), “Jheel Ke Us Paar” (1973), “Chor Machaye Shor” (1974), “Aap Ki Kasam” (1974), “Roti” (1974), “Prem Kahani” (1975), and “Nagin” (1976).
However, after her appearance in the 1977 film “Aaina,” Mumtaz took a sabbatical that lasted 13 years. She made her final on-screen appearance in the 1990 film “Aandhiyan” before retiring from acting. Following her retirement, Mumtaz chose to reside in London with her husband, Mayur Madhvani, an esteemed Ugandan businessman. The couple shares their life with their two daughters.
Beyond her acting career, Mumtaz has dedicated her time and efforts to advocate for breast cancer survivors, shedding light on this critical issue. Her impactful involvement in the cause was further highlighted when she appeared in the 2010 documentary titled “1 a Minute,” where her contribution significantly raised awareness about breast cancer.
Mumtaz’s journey in the film industry was not without its challenges. Despite facing initial typecasting and setbacks, her talent, resilience, and dedication allowed her to break free from these constraints, ultimately establishing her as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema. Her impressive array of roles and the recognition she received, including two Filmfare Awards, stand as a testament to her remarkable acting abilities and enduring legacy.
In her retirement, Mumtaz has found fulfillment in her family life while continuing to make a difference through her advocacy work. Her story serves as an inspiration, showcasing the power of talent, determination, and compassion, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of cinema enthusiasts and breast cancer survivors alike.