Mother Fell Down And Her Bone Broke Down But My Father Didn’t Lift Her, This Bollywood Superstar Shares An Emotional Instance Of His Life
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In Indian film industry, more specifically Hindi cinema, whenever there is a discourse about the quintessential image of beauty and perfection, there is just one name that is top of the mind recall, and has remained thus for decades now. Madhubala was and is still regarded as the most beautiful actress to have graced the Indian screen. Coming from a poor background, her rise to fame and stardom is in itself a script coming straight out of Bollywood. During a career span of 22 years, she appeared in over 70 Hindi films.
Here are some interesting and eventful facts about Madhubala, which will give you all a perspective of hers, which not many are aware of…let’s begin!
Her parents were Ataullah Khan and Aayesha Begum.
The family saw many hardships in life. Madhubala’s three sisters and two brothers died at the ages of five and six. Tragically only four siblings made it to adulthood. Their home was also wiped out in a dock explosion and the family survived because they had gone to watch a film at a local theatre.
She epitomised beauty and romance on silver screen to a level which is still unmatched.
Madhubala’s father, Ataullah Khan, lost his job as a worker at the Imperial Tobacco Company in Peshawar, Pakistan and relocated the family to Delhi and then Bombay.
She was introduced as Baby Mumtaz. The film went on to become the highest grosser that year. Having rose to fame quickly, she did several movies as a child artist, namely Dhanna Bhagat, Phoolwari, Pujari and Rajputani.
Baby Mahjabeen went on to become the Tragedy Queen of Indian cinema – Meena Kumari and was a contemporary to Madhubala.
She starred opposite Raj Kapoor, who too got his first big break as a lead actor in the film.
Impressed with her performance in Neel Kamal, Devika Rani, widely acknowledged as the First Lady of Indian cinema, suggested Mumtaz Jehan to change her screen name to Madhubala. Neel Kamal was the last film where she was credited as Mumtaz.
She acted opposite Ashok Kumar and was only 16 at that time. Mahal also launched and established another future superstar in her own right, India’s Melody Queen- Lata Mangeshkar.
In that article she was called the “biggest star” in the International Film Industry. In the August 1952 issue of the American magazine Theatre Arts, Madhubala was featured in a full page article under the title “The Biggest Star in the World – and she’s not in Beverly Hills”.
The famous Hollywood director Frank Capra, winner of three Academy Awards for Best Director, while visiting Bombay for International Film Festival of India, desperately wanted to give Madhubala her break in Hollywood. However, her father declined the offer.
Like Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Pradeep Kumar and Sunil Dutt. Her director’s list comprised prolific names like Mehboob Khan, Guru Dutt, Kamal Amrohi and K Asif.
She first met Dilip Kumar on the sets of Tarana (1951) and from there started the most talked about romance in the Indian film industry. The duo worked together in three more films – Sangdil, Amar and the most iconic film of all time, K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam.
The couple were deeply in love, and their romance continued over a period of nine years. Sadly though, the two of them never married each other. Had they got married, it would truly have been a match made in heaven.
Though Dilip Kumar himself clarified that this was not the case. In his autobiography “Dilip Kumar: The Substance And The Shadow”, the Thespian mentioned that
“…matters began to sour between us, thanks to her father’s attempt to make the proposed marriage a business venture”
Dilip Kumar testified for BR Chopra against Madhubala and her father in the Naya Daur court case. By the end of 1950’s their love story was all but over.
During the making of Mughal-e-Azam, their relationship had worsened to a level that they were not even on talking terms with each other. Dilip Kumar reveals in his autobiography,
“The outcome was that halfway through the production of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ we were not even talking to each other. The classic scene with the feather coming between our lips, which set a million imaginations on fire, was shot when we had completely stopped even greeting each other.”
Madhubala got romantically involved with Kishore Kumar and their affair continued during the making of Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Half Ticket. The two eventually married each other in 1960 despite opposition from both the families. However the marriage was hardly a happy one.
Her fashion styles were iconic and are still followed by many celebrities, even after her death.
Although a very subjective debate, Madhubala did prove her mettle in films like Tarana (1951), Mr. & Mrs. 55 (1955), Barsaat Ki Raat (1960), Half Ticket (1962) and of course the magnum opus Mughal -e- Azam (1960), for which she was nominated for a Filmfare Award.
It is an intriguing reality that even though Madhubala became an iconic actress of Indian Cinema, she never received any award.
Although the condition was detected in 1954, unfortunately, there were no medical treatments available. By 1960 her health started deteriorating noticeably. She remained confined to bed for close to nine years.
She was about to make her directorial debut in 1969 with the film Farz Aur Ishq. However, the film never made it past pre production. Fighting a long and losing battle with the disease, Madhubala breathed her last on February 23, 1969, nine days after her 36th birthday.
Madhubala is the most beautiful, captivating and talented star Indian screen has ever seen. She was the screen goddess, with a smile to die for. Dubbed as Marilyn Monroe of India, her persona is still a stuff of legends, even decades after her death. She passed away at a very young age of thirty six, but left behind a legacy that few can manage to this day. Madhubala is the epitome of beauty and grace in Indian cinema.