India Tribune is serializing profiles of top Bollywood sex symbols of all time. Bollywood sex symbols have been creating storms across India and worldwide. The list consists of female icons of Bollywood, who have impacted the history and changed the face of Bollywood.
Mumtaz: Mumbai-born Mumtaz (July 31, 1947) is known for oozing oomph. She is a Bollywood diva because she dances, pouts, looks ultra-sexy and speaks Hindi fluently. She started as an extra in films in the early 1960s. She accepted small roles in big films like Mujhe Jeene Do and big roles in small budgeted stunt films like Boxer, Samson, Tarzan, and King Kong. In the 1960s, she starred in as many as 16 action films with freestyle wrestler Dara Singh and was labelled as a ‘stunt film heroine.’ In a span of six months, she acted alongside romance king Rajesh Khanna in Do Raaste (1969), Bandhan, (1969) Sachcha Jhoothaa (1969), which were all super hits.
Why she’s sexy: Mumtaz is sexy for her signature skin tight salwar-kameez and her navel baring saris. She oozes sex appeal, especially when she dances. She set the trend for current actresses, who are told to dance like her. Her trademark song Bindiya Chamkegi in Do Raaste (1969).
Her impact on Bollywood: In 1970 she won her first Filmfare Award in Khilona, with Sanjeev Kumar, giving her long awaited acting creditability. while the film itself won the Filmfare Best Movie Award. In 1996, Mumtaz won Filmfare’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her impact on Bollywood’s film industry.
Interesting fact: She’s acted in over 100 films in a span of 12 years. Mumtaz married millionaire Mayur Madhvani on May 29, 1974. They have two daughters Natasha and Tanya.