Anjana Mumtaz is an Indian actress, who has worked in hundreds of Indian films. She is best known for her supporting roles in Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi films. She has been working in movies since 1969 and has played multiple leading and supporting roles in her career. She gained massive popularity with her exemplary performances in popular movies like Dil Hi To Hai (1992), Sati Naag Kanya (1983), and Bandhe Haath (1973).
Anjana Mumtaz was born on Saturday, 4 January 1941 (age 81 years; as of 2022) in Bombay, India. Anjana didn’t like studies at all, but she still managed to clear her tenth boards, which was considered an achievement in the 1960s. She was fond of movies which is why her mother invested in her dance coaching and hired a skilled teacher named Mangal Master. Later, she also learned classical Kathak Dance from Sir Gopi Krishan.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Family & Ethnicity
She belongs to a Hindu Maharashtrian family.
Parents & Siblings
She is the daughter of Dinanath and Mangla Manjrekar. Her father was a fire brigade worker, and her mother was a homemaker.
She also has a sister named Madhu Manjrekar and a brother named Sudhir Manjrekar. Her sister worked as an actress, and her brother is a retired official from Bank of India.
Husband & Children
She fell in love with an Air India official Sajid Mumtaz and got married to him on 16 April 1978.
The couple has a child named Ruslaan Mumtaz who is an actor and debuted in Bollywood film Mera Pehla Pehla Pyar in 2007. He got married to Nirali Mehta on 14 February 2014 and has a child named Rehan Mumtaz.
Anjana once said,
I am very lucky because I have a very sweet daughter in law.”
Anjana Mumtaz was a huge fan of Meena Kumari. In 1965, she got to know that her favourite actress was shooting for Pakeezah at the Filmistan Studio. The excited Anjana went to meet Meena Kumari, who welcomed her fan with a warm smile. She also introduced Anjana to Kamal Sahab who decided to cast her in his movie Shankar Hussain, which was delayed for release. Meanwhile, she was signed for the movie Sumbundh with producer S. Mukherjee in which she debuted playing the lead role in 1969. The movie became a big hit, which marked the beginning of her journey in films. After that, she signed many big films with famous actors including Dharmendra, Mehmood, Sanjeev Kumar, and Joy Mukherjee. After that, she worked in many Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi films. After having a baby, she stopped working in movies for a while, and soon, she returned to work by taking up supporting roles in films.
- Actress: Meena Kumari
- Anjana worked in over 100 films.
- Her name was Anjana Manjrekar, and she changed it to Anjana Mumtaz after her marriage.
- She mostly played the role of a mother in films in the 90s.
- She was recommended to a producer by the famous actress Meena Kumari.