A veteran actress, Mumtaz had ruled the Hindi film industry in the 1960s and 70s with many hit films under her belt and she had become a sensation shortly after her debut with the film Sone Ki Chidiya. She has given some iconic films in her glorious career including Bandhan, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Sachaa Jhutha, Khilona, Tere Mere Sapne, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and many others. Her style of fashion has been admired by many, enough that we have a saree draping style known as “Mumtaz Saree”.
For the layman, Mumtaz tied the knot with businessman Mayur Madhvani in 1974. Now, in a recent interview with a leading news outlet, Mumtaz spoke about her marriage to her husband Mayur Madhvani and shared the challenges she faced in their married life. The actress also opened up about her miscarriages and difficult pregnancy journeys, and also shared her battle with cancer.
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In an interview with Pinkvilla, Mumtaz spoke about her marriage to husband Mayur Madhvani and revealed that it has been a blissful journey for her. However, the actress opened up about her difficult pregnancy journeys, sharing that she suffered 3-4 miscarriages. Recalling her pregnancy travels, Mumtaz revealed that she was not allowed to travel and could only go to the washroom. She added:
“I have known the Madhvanis since I was 10 years old. I’ve even been to Uganda and stayed with them. It was like moving from one house to another. The difficult time was when I had three to four miscarriages. I was asked to lie flat on the bed all semester. I could only walk as far as the washroom. I had to take hormone injections every morning and pills in the evening. I fathered Natasha in Uganda. I was stuck here in my house while carrying Tanya, Cuffe Parade. I wasn’t allowed to travel. But because I didn’t give up, I was blessed with wonderful daughters. Nor did I give up on my marriage. Isiliye mera miyan bhi mera hi hai. He loves me so much.”
Further in the interview, Mumtaz was asked about the rumors that her husband Mayur was dating another woman. The actress said she respects her husband because he himself told her about his alleged affair. She added that she was a bit stubborn at the time, but now she’s forgotten everything. In her words:
“It is quite common for men to have affairs through the back door. My husband didn’t have any… except one. I respect him because he told me about it himself. He confided in me that he developed a crush on a girl in the US… He was born and raised in America. But he insisted: “Mumtaz, you are my wife. I love you and will always love you. I will never leave you.” The problem arose because I was a little Ziddi, thodi nakchadi thi. But today it is a forgotten story. Maaf toh zindagi my ek baar Khuda bhi karta hai. i live like a queen My husband never made me want anything.”
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Mumtaz also opened up about her battle with cancer and mentioned that she owes her second life to her husband Mayur. She shared that she had been through a lot and it was her husband who stood by her through everything. Recalling her battle with cancer, the actress revealed that she had to endure six chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiation treatments, adding:
“If it weren’t for my husband, I would be dead now. Mine was a slow-growing cancer. Doctors said they removed what was needed. But Mayur is well read and well informed. He insisted they do check the lymph nodes. He asked me, “Do you mind undergoing another surgery for my sake? I want my children to have their mother. I will love you even if you have no hair.” He said I looked cute like America’s popular bald doll. I had another operation and after the therapy I turned blue. I had to endure six chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiation treatments. That was the time I was bloated. I had to eat well to combat the side effects of chemotherapy. I didn’t start my weight loss until much later.”
Mumtaz always lives her life king size wherever she goes and she is still considered one of the best actresses of all time.
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