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Mumtaz: A rare star who graduated from being an extra

Mumtaz, who celebrates her 72nd birthday today, is one of those rare examples in the world of Hindi cinema who graduated from being an extra to being a sex symbol who used to ooze oomph till the time she ruled on the box-office, and one fine day at the ripe age of 26 years decided to quit the world of Hindi cinema to settle down in life.

Her story indeed is an example of a commoner by her sheer guts and some good help from the colleagues to reach the dizzying heights of success. The stepping stone to success was provided to her by Late Dara Singh who acted along with her in 16 films, and 10 of these films were super hit. When she was paired with Dara Singh she used to get a remuneration of Rs. 2.5 lakh, while her co-star Dara Singh used to get Rs. 4.5 lakh. The on-screen association between

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