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Excerpts from Mohan Deep's best selling biography of Indian film actress-
Meena Kumari.

It was midnight by the time Pradeep arrived. They spent the night talking, drinking, reminiscing, crying... His memory is hazy but he remembers that Meena cried and said, "Purush hamesha matlabi hota hai...jab tak matlab tha sab mere paas aate rahe,matlab nikal gaya to Meena kaun hai? Tum sab matlabi ho...Meri zindagi mein jo bhi aaya hai usne mujhe istemaal keeya hai...sab kameene hain...Pradeep,bolo...main jo kehti hoon woh sach hai ke nahin?" Another time it was her old flame Raaj Kumar. She may have made fun of his twisted ear, prefering Rajendra Kumar over him but now a lonely, loveless Meena wanted Raaj Kumar. He had a cottage in the same neighbourhood. A prominent producer-director who doesn't want to reveal his name was visiting him to narrate a story. Kumar liked the story and said, "Jaani, meri ghanti baj rahi hai lekin jab tak aap kahani nahin poori karenge, main bottle nahin kholoonga." The phone rang. Raaj Kumar answered. " Hello..." Pause. "Meena, kahani sun raha hoon...." Pause. "I'll come in fifteen minutes. "he told her. The producer-director resumed the story. It was a long story. The phone rang, again. "Hello..." Pause. "I'll come in five minutes." he hung up. Raaj Kumar smiled smugly and asked his visitor to resume the narration. Ten minutes later, for the third time, phone rang. "Hello..." Pause. "Ab nikal raha hoon...It will take a minute. "he said and hung up. He grinned at the maker and said, "Bahut besabar ho rahi hai tumhari heroine. She can't sleep till I give it to her. Jaldi karo bhai...." The producer-director swears that the story is true. It was during this week that Rahul - a young, handsome struggler from the industry - approached her.





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