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The story of Madhubala: Khatija Akbar

May 20, 2011 10:31:30 AM IST
Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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Across generations, those who have stayed in hostels, be it any stream of hostels, and here I am talking of boys hostel, in most of the cases walls of the hostel room or even dormitories would be adorned with two posters one of Madhubala, another of Marilyn Monroe, and for sometime Madhuri Dixit also found a space, but Madhubala and Marilyn Monroe are a constant. But, though, Marilyn Monroe has been written about in great detail, it is only now that a book on Madhubala has come, which seeks to unravel the enigma. Written by a fan Khatija Akbar, it indeed is a labour of love, and for the fans and aficionados of Hindi cinema, a leap into the annals of cinematic history to find out, what made her an enigma. Her beauty was contemporary for all ages and times, and it is this essence which the book tries to encapsulate and it has also therefore happened for the first time that thespian Dilip Kumar talked about her after a really - really long time, when the writer interviewed her for the book, though Dilip Kumar had given Khatija only 15 minutes time!

There were fans of Madhubala who did not swallow food unless they saw her snap, and once a reporter came to know about this, he quipped that if the fans saw her face they would stop eating. In fact, it has been informed in the book that such ethereal was her beauty, as Meenu Mumtaz has told in the book, that when she ate betel leaf the red color could be seen going down her throat.

It indeed, is fortuitous that she was born on a Valentine's Day, as any film in which she acted, she has left the indelible mark, and she could be only one of the few stars who acted opposite Ashok Kumar, to Dev Anand, to Kishore Kumar, and it indeed was circumstantial that the way she moved through her life, it was her heart which guided her in the day to day conduct. She was one of the rare actors who were most disciplined and professional as far as execution of her job responsibility was concerned. There is an anecdote in the book which underlines the fact. In 1948 Mumbai had been lashed by severe storm, and all communication networks had broken down, but Madhubala reached the gates of studio as she was supposed to be there to shoot for the movie. Her commitment to her work, still, therefore is recounted with awe and reverence.

For the fans of Madhubala it indeed is a treatise, and the topping is the collection of songs in the form of a DVD. One only hopes that more such works on our film industry would come out in the times to come, and would give a sense of credence to industry, in the same manner as it has been done in Hollywood.

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