Mumtaz was born on July 31, 1947 to a couple of Iranian origin, who settled in Bombay. Succumbing to financial pressures, Mumtaz agreed to act in films as a junior artist and started appearing in group-scenes, at a very young age.
Mumtaz then got the lead role in Pathan being made by Ataullah Khan, Madhubala's father, but the film remained incomplete.
Mumtaz got the roles of supporting actress in A grade hit films like Sehra, Kaajal, Khandaan, Sawan Ki Ghata, Anpad, Hamraaz ,Pyar Kiye Jaa,Pati Patni and Brahmachari. After which she was signed opposite Rajesh Khanna in Do Raaste in 1969.
After release of Do Raate and Bandhan Mumtaz became the highest paid Hindi actress from 1970-1976. With her versatile, beautiful, looks she stole everybody's heart and inspired performances in each of her film.
Mumtaz acted in more than 100 films during a short career span of 14 years. For Khilona (1970), she won the most coveted Filmfare award in 1970.
Mumtaz quit Bollywood after she married Mayur Madhwani in 1974 but left India only after completing her films opposite Rajesh Khanna in 1976.