By Kalash Khurana Last Updated:
Veteran actress, Mumtaz had ruled the Hindi film industry in the 1960s and 70s with many hit films in her kitty, and she had become a sensation soon after making her debut with the film, Sone Ki Chidiya. She has given some iconic films in her glorious career, including the likes of Bandhan, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Sachaa Jhutha, Khilona, Tere Mere Sapne, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, and many others. Her fashion style was admired by many, enough that we have a saree draping style famously known as ‘Mumtaz saree’.
For the unversed, Mumtaz had tied to knot with businessman, Mayur Madhvani in 1974. Now, in a recent interview with a leading news portal, Mumtaz talked about her marriage with her hubby, Mayur Madhvani and shared the challenges she had faced in her married life. The actress also opened up about her miscarriages and difficult pregnancy journeys and also shared her battle with cancer.
In an interview with Pinkvilla, Mumtaz talked about her marriage with her husband, Mayur Madhvani, and revealed that it has been a blissful journey for her. However, the actress opened up about her difficult pregnancy journeys and shared that she had suffered 3-4 miscarriages. Recalling her pregnancy journeys, Mumtaz revealed that she was not allowed to travel and she could only walk up to the washroom. She added:
"I knew the Madhvanis since I was 10. I’d even been to Uganda and stayed with them. It was like moving from one home to another. The difficult period was when I underwent three-four miscarriages. I was asked to lie flat on the bed for the entire term. I could only walk up to the washroom. I’d to take hormone injections every morning and tablets in the evening. I conceived Natasha in Uganda. While carrying Tanya, I was stuck here in my house in Cuffe Parade. I was not allowed to travel. But because I didn’t give up, I was blessed with wonderful daughters. In the same way, I didn’t 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 rumours about her hubby, Mayur being involved with another woman. To which, the actress said that she respects her husband as he himself had told her about his alleged affair. She added that she was a little stubborn back then, but now she has forgotten all about it. In her words:
"It’s quite common for men to have affairs through the backdoor. My husband didn’t have any… except one. I respect him because he himself told me about it. He confided that he’d developed a liking for a girl in the US. He was born and brought up in America. But he insisted, 'Mumtaz, you’re 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’s a forgotten story. Maaf toh zindagi mein ek baar Khuda bhi karta hai. I live like a queen. My husband has never kept me wanting for anything."
Mumtaz also spoke 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 beside her through it all. Recalling her battle with cancer, the actress revealed that she had to go through six chemotherapies and 35 radiations and added:
"Had it not been for my husband, I’d have been dead by now. Mine was a slow growing cancer. The doctors said that they had removed what was necessary. But Mayur’s well-read and well-informed. He insisted that they check the lymph nodes. He asked me, “Do you mind going through 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’d look cute like the bald doll popular in America. I went through another surgery and I used to turn blue after the therapy. I had to go through six chemotherapies and 35 radiations. That was the time I bloated. I had to eat well to fight the side effects of chemo. I began my weight loss journey much later."
Mumtaz always lives her life king-sized wherever she goes, and she is still regarded as one of the best actresses of all time.