Madhubala- Queen of stardom

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I think she was the only star for whom people thronged outside the gates just to have a look of her, at that time.

Madhubala alias Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi, was born on 14 February 1933 in Delhi. At the age of 9, this was Madhubala’s introduction to the film industry, which would provide financial help to her family.

In 1942 she started her carrier from Film Basant as child artist. Her first movie as Heroine was Neelkamal in 1947, followed by Tarana, Saqi,MR. & Mrs. 55, half ticket, Jhumroo, Jaali Note,Kal hamara hai, Baghi Sipai, Police,Amar, Teerandaz, naqab, naata and many more. Lastly she was seen in Sharabi as Kamala in 1964.

It was the film Mughal-e-Azam that marked Madhubala’s greatest and definitive characterization,as Anarkali. Although the film took nine years to complete, it was not until 1953 when Madhubala was finally chosen to play the role.

Madhubala was committed to Dilip Kumar since 1951, until her father created a difference between two.

Madhubala married Kishore Kumar in 1960 after Kishore Kumar converted to Islam and took up the name Karim Abdul.

Madhubala had ventricular septal defect (hole in her heart) which was detected while she was shooting for Bahut Din Huwe in Madras in 1954. By 1960, her condition aggravated and every four to five hours she had to be given oxygen or else would get breathless. She was confined to bed for nine years and was reduced to just bones and skin”. In 1966, with a slight improvement in her health, she made a valiant attempt to complete her work in Chalak opposite Raj Kapoor, which needed only a short spell of shooting, but she could not even survive that strain. When acting was no longer an option, Madhubala turned her attention to film direction. In 1969 she was set to make her directorial debut with the film farz aur Ishq. However the film was never made as during pre-production, she died on February 23, 1969, shortly after her 36th birthday. She was buried with her personal diary at the Santa Cruz Muslim cemetery by her family and husband Kishore Kumar. Her tomb was built with marble and inscriptions included aayats from the Quran.

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