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Madhubala (Urdu: مدھو بالا; Birth: 14 February 1933, Delhi – Death: 23 February 1969, Bombay) was an actress of Indian Hindi film industry. An ideal Indian woman can be seen in her performance. Facial Expressions and Nazakat were the main attributes of Madhubala. Seeing his acting, talent, personality and beauty, it is said that she is the greatest actress of Indian cinema ever so far. In fact, reviewers of Hindi films mark Madhubala’s acting period as the golden age of Hindi Cinema.

Madhubala Early Age

Madhubala was born on 14 February 1933 in a Pashtun Muslim family in Delhi. Madhubala was the fifth child of her parents. His parents had 11 children. Madhubala’s childhood name was’ Mumtaz Begum, where ‘Dahlavi’. It is said that a predictor had told his parents that Mumtaz would earn a lot of fame and wealth, but his life would be sad.His father Ayatollah Khan, hearing these predictions, came to Mumbai from Delhi seeking a better life. In Mumbai, he fought a lot for better life.

Madhubala Debut in Bollywood

His entry in Bollywood is called ‘Baby Mumtaz’. His first film was Basant (1942). Devika Rani was very impressed by her performance in Basant, and changed her name from Mumtaz to ‘Madhubala’. He was given acting in Bollywood as well as other types of training. (At the age of 12 he used to drive a vehicle).

Madhubala Acting Career

Kedar Sharma gave his film Neel Kamal (1947) the first time he played the main role. In this film, he starred alongside Raj Kapoor. After his acting in this film, he started calling “The God of the Screen” (Venus Of The Screen). Two years later, he acted in the Bombay Talkies Film Mahal. The castle of the movie ‘Aayaga Aanvala’ was very much liked by the people. This song of this film was supported by the backing vocalist Lata Mangeshkar, the success of this movie and her career in Madhubala.
After the success of the palace, he never looked back and looked back. With the established male artists of that time, one film came and succeeded one after another. He worked with Ashok Kumar, Rehman, Dilip Kumar, Devanand etc.
Some of her films also failed in the 1950s. When her film was failing, critics began to say that Madhubala did not have talent and some of her films were hit by their beauty, and not by their acting. But it was not so. Her film was the reason for the flop-not able to choose the right film. Madhubala’s father was his manager and he used to choose films. Madhubala was the only member of the family whose income was on this big family.Therefore, his father used to choose any film for the upbringing of the family. Regardless of whether Madhubala got the chance to show her talent in the film or not, and that’s why some of her films have failed. Despite all this, he was never disappointed. She again proved her talent in 1958. Her four films this year (Fagun, Howrah Bridge, Black Water and Chalti’s Name Train) were superhit.

Relationship with Dilip Kumar

She first met Dilip Kumar on the set of Jwar Bhata (1944). She was attracted to Dilip Kumar in her mind and started loving him. At that time she was 18 years old and Dilip Kumar was 29 years old. She again worked in Tarana in 1951. Her love became even deeper when Mughal-e-Azam started shooting for 9 years. He wanted to marry Dilip Kumar but Dilip Kumar refused. It is also said that Dilip Kumar was ready but Madhubala’s greedy relatives did not allow this marriage to happen.Ayatollah Khan filed a case against Dilip Kumar in the court in 1958 and also forced both of them to end their mutual love.

Madhubala Marriage

Madhubala receives proposals from three different people for marriage. He went to his friend Nargis for suggestion. Nargis suggested to marry Bhushan who was a widower. According to Nargis, Bharat was better than Bhushan, Pradeep Kumar and Kishore Kumar. But Madhubala chose Kishore Kumar with his will. Kishore Kumar was a divorced person. Madhubala’s father told Kishore Kumar that she is going to London for surgery and she can marry only after her return. Kishore Kumar knew that Madhubala wanted to marry before death.
She married in 1960. But Kishore Kumar’s parents never accepted Madhubala. She was of the opinion that Madhubala was the only one to break the first marriage of his son. Kishore Kumar married again to Hindu rituals to please parents, but they could not refuse them.

Special Acting and Awards

Her performance in Mughal-e-Azam is remarkable. Not only her acting in this film, but also ‘dedication to art’ is also seen. The role of ‘Anarkali’ in it has been the most important role of her life. Her continued falling health was preventing her from acting but she did not stop. She decided to complete this film. Film director Ashif wanted to bring reality to the film. She was also unaware of Madhubala’s disease.
They used real chains for shooting. Acting with heavy Junkiro despite Madhubala’s health worsening the skin of their hands shreds with these janjirs but they continued to act. Madhubala was also not only physically but mentally distressed at that time. Due to not getting married to Dilip Kumar, she had suffered from Depression.
Even after having so much trouble, so much dedication is found in very few performers.When the Mughle-e-Azam was released on 5th August 1960, the film critics and audiences also showed this hard work and dedication. Actually, it was Madhubala’s hard work that reached the peak of success. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for this film. Although he could not find the award Some people doubt that Madhubala could not get this award because she was not ready to bribe.
Due to the popularity of this film, this film was re-released in the whole world in 2004.

Madubala Death On February 23, 1969

Madhubala was suffering from cardiovascular disease, which was detected in the health check-up in the 1950s. But this fact was kept hidden from the film industry. But when things got worse then they could not hide. Sometimes her health was severely damaged on the set of films. When she went to London for medical treatment, the doctors refused to do the surgery because she feared that she would die during surgery.
She spent the last 9 years of his life on the bed. On February 23, 1969, she died due to illness. Two years after his death, i.e., in 1971, one of her films, Jalwa, was displayed.

Madhubala Bio

Real Name Begum Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi
Nickname Venus Queen
Profession Indian Film Actress
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.62 m
in feet inches- 5’ 4”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 117 lbs
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black
Personal Life
Date of Birth 14 February 1933
Birth Place Delhi, British India
Date of Death 23 February 1969
Place of Death Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Age (at the time of death) 36 Years
Death Cause Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) (Hole in the Heart)
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Aquarius
Nationality Indian
Hometown Delhi, India
Debut Film: Basant (1942)
Family Father- Attaullah Khan
Madhubala’s Father Attaullah Khan
Mother- Ayesha Begum, Mumtaz Jehan
Brothers- Two
Sisters- Chanchal (actress),
Madhubala’s Sister Chanchal
Madhur Bhushan (Zahida) (playback singer),
Madhubala’s Sister Madhur Bhushan
Kainz Balsara, Altaf Kowal, Shahida Kazi
Religion Islam
Hobbies Driving
Controversies When her father denied her outdoor shooting with Dilip Kumar in Bhopal for the film ‘Naya Daur'(1957); B.R Chopra sued her for the advanced money that she received for this movie. Dilip Kumar also testified against Madhubala and her father in the court, in favour of Chopra.
Favourite Things
Favourite Actor Dilip Kumar
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Boyfriends Dilip Kumar
Madhubala With Dilip Kumar
Kishore Kumar
Madhubala With Kishore Kumar
Husband Kishore Kumar
Marriage Date 1960

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Madhubala Movies

Year Film Role Director Notes
1942 Basant Manju Amiya Chakrabarty Credited as Baby MumtazSang a song
1945 Dhanna Bhagat Munni Child artist
1946 Pujari Child artist

  • Sang a song
Phoolwari Child artist
Rajputani Child artist
1947 Neel Kamal Ganga Kidar Sharma Debut film as a heroineCredited as Mumtaz
Chittor Vijay
Mere Bhagwan
Khoobsoorat Duniya
Dil-Ki-Rani Raj Kumari Singh
1948 Parai Aag
Lal Dupatta
Desh Sewa
Amar Prem
1949 Sipahiya
Paras Priya
Neki Aur Badi
Mahal Kamini Kamal Amrohi
Dulari Shobha/Dulari A. R. Kardar
Aparadhi Sheela Rani
1950 Pardes Chanda
Nishana Greta
Nirala Poonam
Hanste Aansoo First Indian film to get an ‘A’ certificate
Beqasoor Usha
1951 Tarana Tarana Ram Daryani
Saiyan Saiyan
Badal Ratna
Aaram Leela D.D. Kashyap
1952 Saqi Rukhsana
1953 Rail Ka Dibba Chanda
Armaan Fali Mistry
1954 Bahut Din Huwe Chandrakanta S. S. Vasan
Amar Anju Mehboob Khan
1955 Teerandaz
Naata Tara First film as a producer
Mr. & Mrs. ’55 Anita Verma Guru Dutt
1956 Shirin Farhad Shirin
Raj Hath Raja Beti/Rajkumari Sohrab Modi
Dhake Ki Malmal
1957 Yahudi Ki Ladki
Gateway of India Anju
Ek Saal Usha Sinha
1958 Police
Phagun Banani
Kala Pani Asha Raj Khosla
Howrah Bridge Edna Shakti Samanta
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi Renu Satyen Bose
Baghi Sipahi
1959 Kal Hamara Hai Madhu/Bela
Insaan Jaag Utha Gauri
Do Ustad Madhu Sharma
1960 Mehlon Ke Khwab Asha Also the producer of the film
Jaali Note Renu/Beena Shakti Samanta
Barsaat Ki Raat Shabnam P. L. Santoshi
Mughal-e-Azam Anarkali, Nadira K. Asif Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1961 Passport Rita Bhagwandas
Jhumroo Anjana
Boy Friend Sangeeta Naresh Saigal
1962 Half Ticket Rajnidevi/Asha Kalidas
1964 Sharabi Kamala
1971 Jwala Jwala M.V. Raman Released posthumously *Only colour film