A Google Doodle remembering Madhubala’s birth anniversary. Today marks the 86th birth anniversary of iconic Bollywood actress Madhubala, best known for bringing to life the epic love story of Salim and Anarkali through the cult classic, MUGHAL-E-AZAM. The grace and sensitivity with which she played the role of Anarkali is still etched in millions of hearts across our nation. She is still considered an epitome of beauty and charm.
Madhubala was born Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi on 14 February 1933, an Indian film actress who starred in Bollywood classics. Known for her beauty, personality and sensitive portrayal of women in films, she was popularly known as ‘The Beauty with Tragedy’ and ‘The Venus of Indian Cinema’, and was compared with Hollywood’s Marilyn Monroe. She was also known as the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood.
At the age of 9, Madhubala made her on screen debut in a minor role with a film named BASANT that released in 1942. However, her acting career actually began in 1947, when she made her debut opposite Raj Kapoor when she was 14 with NEEL KAMAL. In 1951, she also grabbed attention in Hollywood when an ace photographer James Burke visited India and photographed her for Life Magazine. In their feature they called her "the biggest star" in the international film industry.
Unfortunately, Madhubala had a tragic ending and passed away at the age of 36 on 23 February 1969 [Ref: Wiki]