Madhubala, better known as the Screen Goddess, turned heads for her breathtaking beauty and the infectious and captivating smile. Her ethereal beauty and charm is unparalled. This enchanting beauty left for her heavenly abode just at the age of 36 due to coronary aliment.
Born as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Behelvi, she made her debut as a child artiste in 1942 with a film called Basant. Rising to fame, she made her Bollywood debut in an adult role in 1947 in the film Neel Kamal. She was only 14 then. Since then, she dominated the Hindi film industry like a superstar. She was married to Kishore Kumar but the heart strings of every romantic is tugged by the unrequisite love story of Madhubala and Dilip Kumar.
On the occasion of her birthday, let us take a look at some trivia around some of her films:
“Aayega Aanewala” is one of the hauntingly melodious songs in the Indian movies. Madhubala’s Mahal was the first Indian film centered around reincarnation with a horror element. The song Aayega Aanewala made Lata Mangeshkar a household name. madhubala was in love with Kamal Amrohi who made his directorial debut with the film. Though her father did but object, she refused to be his second wife.
Howrah Bridge (1958)
Madhubala’s sensuous avatar in the cult hit, Aaiye Meherban left the audience awestruck.
Dilip Kumar and Madhubala teamed up for the first time for this movie and this was the start of an unrequisite love affair. While many say that her father played a spoilsport, her sister says both of them were too strong-headed and egoistic to reach a fruitful culmination.
It was not only Madhubala but also Suraiyya who wanted to be a part of the film. When the iconic scene between Madhubala and Dilip Kumar was shot, the two were not even in the talking terms.
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
It is one of her most loved films with Kishore Kumar. The actress played a rather liberated role in the movie.
These are just a few to name the extraordinary work done by Venus of Indian screen. Her comparison to the goddess of love was obvious. Moreover, she was born on a day- 14th February when the entire world celebrates love. But on the personal level, love remained a chimera for Madhubala.
Her romance with Dilip Kumar seemed to be a match made in heaven. Only thing it proved erroneous on earth. Bitten by ego and flawed by familial complexities, the shards of the shattered relationship bruised her heart.
In the quest for laughter and comfort, her marriage with Dilip Kumar brought more tears. Coinciding with her worsening heart condition, the nine years following her marriage, broke her physically and emotionally.
She was someone whose smile lit up millions of cameras. But as kept breaking down every bit as she saw her fading self. She died as Mrs. Kishore Kumar Ganguly. And yet a final bid of farewell was given by Dilip Kumar as he flew down to Madras to attend her funeral. But by the time he landed, she was buried which must have left a chunk of yearning in her life which sums up with the song, “Rula ke gaya sapna mera…”