Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlahi aka Madhubala was born on 14 February 1933. She was one of the 11 children but only four of her siblings survive to adulthood. Her father was from the Yusufsai tribe and lived in Peshawar. He lost his job at the Imperial Tobacco company and returned to Delhi. Madhubala was one of the finest actresses of the Hindi Cinema. In Madhubala Biography, let’s discuss her career, relationships, personal life, achievements, and more.
The family later shifted to Bombay but their house was wiped out in the 1944 Bombay explosion. Fortunately, the family was not at home and survived this tragedic explosion. With 6 remaining daughters, her father and Madhubala frequently went to some studios to seek help and work. That was the first time while Madhubala went into the movie industry.
She was very fluent in Hindi and Urdu and learn to speak English and driving at the age of 12. She acted for the first time in the movie ‘Basant’ and the movie hit the highest-grossing Indian film of that year. The industry pleased her performance and took her into several films.
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Madhubala gave her debut in the movie ‘Neel Kamal’ as the Princess of untouchables. Unfortunately, the movie did not go around well commercially but people praised her performance. She worked with many legendary actors like Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Kishore Kumar, and many more. Madhubala was not the one to perform and be the first Indian actress in Hollywood. Although, she had a keen interest in the Hollywood industry when a photographer James Burke captured her in the Life magazine.
The magazine starred her as ‘The Biggest Star’ in the International Industry. With immense popularity in India, she went up and stole everyone’s heart around the world. She also performed in some movies like Half Ticket, Sharabi. Half Ticket was a comedy film with Kishore Kumar in it. She was later unwell during the filming and the film was incomplete. She also produced some films like Naata, Mehlon ka khaab and was the actress in both the movies.
Apart from being a producer and an actress she also was a playback singer in her early days. She was a child artist and sang two songs in ‘Basant’ and one song in ‘Pujari.’
Madhubala was an Indian actress and also a producer who played different roles like independent females. Everybody remembers her in the Hindi cinema as a cultural icon. She was not only popular in India but also in the world. In the year 1950s and early 1960s, she was one of the greatest influential personalities of the industry.
Madhubala was just eight years old when she started her career as an actress. She even moved to perform lead roles at the age of 14. By performing unconventional and amazing roles in the movies, she was one of the most bankable actresses of the decade. Not only in Bollywood, but she also received some offers in Hollywood. But she denied it because of her father’s refusal. She was starred in the theatre arts magazine in 1952 along with the title of the biggest star in the world.
The movies in which Madhubala worked were hit and commercially very successful. In the movie ‘Amar’ she performed a role of a social worker, a modern based in the movie ‘Mr and Mrs 55’, a dancer in the movie Howrah Bridge and two sisters with different personalities in the movie ‘Kal Humara Hai.’ Not only in the drama she also performed comedy movies like ‘Chalti ka Naam Gaadi.’
Talking about the professional life in Madhubala Biography, ‘Mughal-e-azam’ was the best movie to perform. Since the day she performed in Mughal-e-azam as Anarkali, generations will remember her with this title only. Through this movie, she also earned nominations for the Filmfare award for the best actress. After that, she continued to perform versatile roles in various commercial movies and that was successful. Jwala was the movie that was released after her death.
Madhubala is one of those faces of Hindi cinema who gave birth to the new era of this industry. She played the role of ‘Anarkali’ in ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and from that moment onwards she was a rise and shine of the Hindi cinema. She never laid down her steps while acting in so many films between 1942 and 1960. Her charm, her beauty is what makes her attractive besides acting. Moreover, people also recognized her as the “Venus of Indian cinema” and “The Beauty of Tragedy”.
There are many more blockbuster movies in which Madhubala worked. Some of them are Amar, Mr and Mrs 55, Barsaat ki Raat, and many more. Madhubala was beyond perfect in every movie and stole everyone’s heart.
The record of her movies in the Hindi cinema is around 73 between 1942 and 1971. The first time she was on screen was in the movie Basant that was released in the year 1942. People were amazed at her acting and her looks. Madhubala was born as an actress and she proved it when she was eight years old, she appeared in many films under the production of Ranjit Movietone. Through her marvelous acting and a successful career, she got her first debut in the movie Neel Kamal. Unfortunately, the movies released later step her back from being a star to just a supporting character.
She performed some supporting roles in the movie Parai Aag and Paras in the year 1948 and 1949. A tragic incident took place in her life when she was started the movie Mahal in which she had to focus not only on beauty but on sex.
Madhubala was loved by the people and the flames of her talent were running across the world. She also did a film named ‘Haste Aansu’ which received an A grade certificate for the first time from the film board of India. Ranging from Drama to Comedy, Madhubala never left a chance to entertain her fan. She performed two movies named ‘Sheerin-Farhad’ and ‘Raj Hath’ which were the costume drama Jenner films.
One of the most popular songs of the Bollywood industry, Aaiye Meherbaan is from a film named Howrah Bridge, again a Madhubala performed film. This song is loved by the young generation even today. These movies and Madhubala’s performance in all of them is a big reason for her stardom. She was a versatile actress and no other actress can ever be like her.
Bollywood gave an epic release of the historical movie Mughal-e-azam in August 1960. Madhubala and Dilip Kumar were the stars of the movie. The movie was constantly delayed for ten years. Before Madhubala, famous actresses such as Shehnaz, Suraiya, Nutan, and Nargis refused to do the film. After auditioning around 250 girls and rejecting them, Director K. Asif chose Madhubala for this film.
Madhubala played the role of Anarkali in the movie and at that time she was the highest-paid actress in India. The movie is not less than a gigantic affair. The dance and endless romance of Dilip Kumar and Madhubala made the film worth waiting and watching for the audience. The movie was on screen and it was the most expensive Indian film. Eventually, it was also the highest-grossing Indian Film on its release.
The performance of Madhubala flamed the film winning so many awards. The movie was counted under the 2002 British Film Institute poll of Top 10 Indian Films, The Best Bollywood Films, and 100 Greatest Indian Films all the Time.
Talking about married life in Madhubala Biography, she was married in 1960 and one day after her marriage she announce that she is now retiring from the Film Industry. Soon after her health got worsened and she decided to go to London with her Husband Kishore Kumar.
Talking about the relationship and love life in Madhubala Biography, she was a woman that had a story with many men. Madhubala in her childhood had a friend called Latif when she was leaving for Mumbai she gave a rose to him indicating her love for him. When Madhubala left for Mumbai, Latif was depressed and kept the Rose with himself. He later became the Indian Administrative Service, IAS officer.
It is said that when Madhubala died, he kept that rose on her grave. It is said that every year on 23 February Latif keeps a rose until it was demolished. This story is verified by another IAS Officer Manohar Subramanium who was the real friend of Latif.
Kamal Amrohi is the director of the film Mahal. That was the time when Madhubala’s career took a turning point. Madhubala and Kamal Amrohi came into a relationship. Madhubala’s father was in favor of their relationship and said that he would have no objection to get his daughter married to him. However, Amrohi was already married and he still loved and wanted Madhubala. Madhubala said Amrohi to file a divorce with his wife because she was not ready to share with Amrohi’s second wife. Amrohi refused to do so and they ended their relationship here.
Madhubala and Dilip Kumar fell in love with each other on the set of Tarana. Her father was not in favor of their marriage because he would lose the financial cushion after it. It is said that if Madhubala would marry Dilip Kumar, she would have to sever all ties with her family.
Madhubala was 27 years old when she married Kishore Kumar. She was ill with congenital heart disease. Meanwhile, Kishore Kumar proposed to Madhubala and she said yes after realizing that Dilip Kumar would not marry her. The reports say that Kishore Kumar changed his religion to Islam and his legal name was Karim Abdul when he decided to marry Madhubala. However, Kishore Kumar in an interview said they both never changed their religion or name to marry each other.
Madhubala had a hole in her heart and at that time open-heart surgery was not possible. Later the unrepaired part got worsened to such an extent that Madhubala could not go for an open heart surgery when it was done in the United States. She laid down in bed for nine years and at that time there were no medicines that could treat her. Due to prolonged heart and lung illness, she died on 23rd February shortly after her 36th Birthday.
She died in the year 1969 tracing her name ‘ Madhubala’ and ‘Anarkali’ in everyone’s heart due to prolonged at 36 years of age. Everybody compared her to a Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe which led her to own the title of the ‘Venus of Indian Cinema’ and ‘Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood.’
Madhubala would always be in everyone’s heart and she will always be the finest actress in the Bollywood industry. She was not only a determined actress, but the best daughter any father could get. Although her father too worked hard and raised his six daughters, but Madhubala always worked as the only earner of the family. She was also a social worker and gave plenty amount of money to charity. She died sooner at the age of 36. But, her records would always be the best in the Bollywood Industry. There are many more actors and actresses who have engraved their names as the finest actors. But the generation would always remember Madhubala in some way or the other.
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