‘The Venus of Indian Cinema’, Madhubala’s 85th birthday

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Actress Madhubala, whose 85th birthday today, but she is no more with us.

She appeared in classic films of Hindi cinema and was active between 1942-62.

She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have worked in the industry, and is highly regarded as “The Venus of Indian Cinema” and “The Beauty with Tragedy”.

In the span of 36 years, Madhubala garnered overnight stardom with films like Mughal-e-Azam, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Mahal, Mr & Mrs 55, Dulari, Beqasoor, Tarana and Badal to name a few.

She Known for enchanting beauty and dance, Madhubala was everyone’s dream.

Madhubala was born as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi on 14 February 1933 in Delhi, India.

At the age of 9, Madhubala was introduced to the movie industry, which provided some financial help to her family.

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She was appeared in Basant in 1942 as a child artist and that became a box office success.

She acted as the daughter to a mother played by actress Mumtaz Shanti.

She achieved her actual stardom in 1949 when she was cast as the lead in Bombay Talkies studio’s Mahal.

It was Mughal-e-Azam that marked Madhubala’s greatest characters ever in the history of Indian cinema where she played Anarkali.

Mughal-e-Azam was released on 5 August 1960 and became the highest-grossing film at that time a record that went unbroken for 15 years until the release of the film Sholay in 1975.

Madhubala is the first Indian woman in Hollywood.

In the early 1950s, as Madhubala became one of the most sought-after actresses in India, she attracted interest from Hollywood.

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She appeared in the American magazine Theatre Arts where, in its August 1952 issue, she was featured in an article with a full page photograph under the title: “The Biggest Star in the World – and she’s not in Beverly Hills”.

At the age of 11, Madhubala first met Dilip Kumar on the set of ‘Jwar Bhata’ in 1944.

Their relationship began two years later during the filming of Tarana in 1951.

Later, they did four films together.

In 1958, when Dilip Kumar’s marriage with his first wife ended, he and Madhubala began a relationship and married in 1960.

Madhubala received wide recognition for her performances in films such as ‘Mahal’ in 1949, ‘Amar’ in 1954, ‘Mr. & Mrs. 55’ in 1955, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ in 1958, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ in 1960 and ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’ in 1960.–CINEWS

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