Mumtaz Shanti

Real Name – Mumtaz?

Profession – Actress (Heroine)

Active/Years – Early 1940s to Early 1950s

Nationality – Pakistani

Religion – Muslim

Ethnicity – Punjabi

Date of Birth – Not Available

Year of Death – Not Available

Debut FilmBasant(1942)

Last FilmZamane ki Hawa (1952)

Significant others in the Film Industry – Wali Saheb (Husband, Writer-Director)

Miscellaneous Info – Mumtaz Shanti was a very popular movie star of the 40’s and her film Kismet (1943) is regarded as one of the biggest hits of Hindi cinema. Mumtaz started her career in the early thirties in Lahore, by working at a local theatre. She got a break in Lahore’s Punjabi film Mangti (1942) and was lured to Bombay. With the success of Basant (1942) and Kismet (1943), in which she played the role of disabled girl opposite Ashok Kumar, Mumtaz Shanti became one of the top actresses of Bombay Talkies. She also played the female lead in Ghar ki Izzat (1948) as the suffering wife of Dilip Kumar. Like many actresses of her time, her acting style was very theatrical.

In the mid-fifties, she migrated to Pakistan along with her famous writer-director husband Wali-Saheb. Wali, who started his career as a writer in the early thirties in Lahore, used to write songs and stories for others before getting his first assignment as a director. Of the few films he directed in Bombay including Dekho-ji, Heer Ranjha and Putli, only the last caught the public’s attention. In Pakistan, while Mumtaz Shanti retired to become a housewife, Wali made Guddi Gudda in 1956 and later Lukan Mutti and Sohni Kumaran, but none clicked at the box-office. He died of heart failure in 1977. Their son Zafar Iqbal is a noted maker of documentaries, who used to work as a producer in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan.

Mumtaz Shanti died in Pakistan around 1993/1994.

Filmography

Title
Year

Country
Producer
Director
More Info
Basant
1942
India
Bombay Talkies
Amiya Chakraborty
Badalti Duniya
1943
India
Murari Pictures
Mohan Sinha
Kismet
1943
India
Bombay Talkies
Gyan Mukerjee
Click
Sawaal
1943
India
Geetanjali M.
Niranjan
Click
Bhartruhari
1944
India
Navin Pictures
Chaturbhuj Doshi
Lady Doctor
1944
India
Venus Pictures
Walli
Pagli Duniya
1944
India
Ranjit Film Company
Aspi Irani
Chand Chakori
1945
India
Ranjit Film Company
Kidar Sharma
Dharti
1946
India
Ranjit Film Company
Manibhai Vyas
Magadhraj
1946
India
Kamal Pictures
R. S. Choudhry
Pujari
1946
India
Ardeshir Irani
Aspi Irani
Shravan Kumar
1946
India
Murli Manohar
Ram Daryani
Diwani
1947
India
Minerva Movietone
Y. D. Sarpotdar
Doosri Shadi
1947
India
Krishin Production
Ram Daryani
Ghar Ki Izzat
1948
India
Murli Manohar
Ram Daryani
Padmini
1948
India
Punjab Film Corporation
Walli
Aahuti
1950
India
Sansar M.
Kulbhushan
Click
Biwi
1950
India
Paristan Pictures
Kishore Sharma
Sanskar
1952
India
Sunrise Pictures
V. M. Vyas
Zamane Ki Hawa
1952
India
Punjab Films
Walli