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Madhubala's tale: Starry highs & personal lows

February 14, 2014 2:07:03 PM IST
updated May 30, 2014 7:38:53 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Madhubala, the name conjures up beauty. Beauty that is not just the 'ultimate,' but the kind which even the fairies in Heaven envy! That's the reason she was termed as 'The Venus of Indian cinema'. February 14 marks her birth anniversary Glamsham.Com remembers the legendary actress and recalls how despite all the beauty and fame, her life was a bed of thorns.


With every rose, thorns accompany....This is perhaps true for the great actress Madhubala, because though the Almighty bestowed upon her all the beauty and gave her recognition, yet her short life of mere 36 years was embedded with melancholy and misery.

Her childhood was marred by the burden of responsibility, to feed her family as her father Ataullah Khan dragged  a young nine-year old Madhubala into films and compelled her to work as Baby Mumtaz.

Later, when she became a star and fell in love with Dilip Kumar, life seemed to smile, but tragedy stuck as once again when her greedy father created hurdles in her relations with Dilip Kumar. He feared that if she did marry Dilip Kumar, his livelihood would suffer!

It may come as a surprise to the younger generation that Madhubala's father was so much against the union of Dilip Kumar and Madhubala that to develop differences between the two, he even conspired a nasty charge against Dilip Kumar. He hatched a strategy to tarnish his image in the eyes of her daughter.

It's alleged that he registered a case against the Dilip Kumar in the Mumbai High Court accusing him of 'intentionally' replacing his daughter, Madhubala, by his favorite heroine Vyjayanthimala in his movie NAYA DAUR. The media then was ablaze with the headline of this sensational court trail.

However the fabricated case fell flat on its face, when the movie's producer-director B.R.Chopra personally claimed in the court room that Madhubala was never approached and Vyjayanthimala was the first and original choice!

This dubious episode left a horrid scar on Dilip Kumar's heart and he distanced himself from Mahdubala, who later tried her best to sort matters, but in vain. A disheartened Madhubala became so heart-broken that she married Kishore Kumar and bid adieu to films. However, her life was short-lived, as she soon died of ventricular septal, a medical term for having a ' hole in the heart'.




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