Certainly one of the most classically beautiful actresses to ever
grace Hindi Popular cinema, Tina Munim exemplified the look of 1980s
hip middle class youth. In fact, she was a magazine cover girl and international
beauty pageant queen (or more technically princess) by the time she was
15 years old. Munim was one of the first Indian beauty queens to follow
their pageant career with acting in Bollywood.
Dev Anand was looking
for a new actress to star in his next film. Legend has it he saw the
cover of Femina magazine with Tina Munim on it celebrating her return
from the International Teen Princess contest at Aruba. Anand contacted
Munim and asked her if she wanted to act in films. At first reluctant
because she was intending to follow a fashion design career in Paris,
Tina relented to give acting a try.
Dev Anand, the savvy showman he was, capitalized on Tina Munim's
popularity with "Des Pardes" . She was still only 16
years old. The movie, much due to the novelty of Tina Munim, went on
to be Anand's last big hit as a film maker.