Madhubala was an ethereal and enigmatic beauty whose memory will never fade away.
was born as Mumtaz Begum Jehan Dehlavi on the 14th February 1933 in New
Delhi, India. Her father as Ataullah Khan and she was one of eleven
children. He worked at the Imperial Tobacco Company but after losing
his job, he moved to Mumbai with his family. This prompted Madhubala to
start acting when she was nine years old.
In the 50s,
Madhubala was diagnosed with heart problems. Her health slowly
deteriorated and she went to London for treatment in 1960. But surgery
was not seen as an option. She died on 23rd February 1969 when she was
thirty six years old.
Madhubala's relationship with actor
Dilip Kumar was an open secret. However their relationship ended on an
unpleasant note. It was speculated that her family was opposed to the
marriage as they depended on her money. When she walked out of a movie
Naya Daur, a court case was filed against her and Dilip Kumar testified
After this, she married Kishore Kumar in 1960 after he divorced his wife Ruma Guha Thakurta.
started acting as a young girl in Basant (1942). She was fourteen years
old when she was cast opposite Raj Kapoor in Neel Kamal (1947). In
1949, she was seen in Kamal Amrohi's Mahal that made her a star.
was seen with Dilip Kumar in Taraana (1951) about lovers who are
separated. They were seen together in Sangdil (1952) which was inspired
by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Guru Dutt's Mr & Mrs 55 (1955) was
After working with Dev Anand in Kalapani (1958) she
teamed up with Ashok Kumar in Shakti Samanta's Howrah Bridge (1958), in
which she played a singer. She worked for the first time with Kishore
Kumar in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958).
In 1960, she was seen in
one of the biggest blockbusters of all times, Mughal-e-Azam with Dilip
Kumar. She played a courtesan Anarkali who gives up her lover to save
his life. Her other hit the same year was Barsaat Ki Raat.
this, Madhubala's health did not allow her to take up too many
projects. She was seen in Half Ticket (1962), Sharabi (1964) and Jwala
(1971). She was working on Farz Aur Ishq (1969) when she died and the
movie was never released.
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