She was beautiful, charismatic, and one of the most beautiful actors to ever grace the silver screen in Indian cinema. Born Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi, Madhubala left us in awe of her, every time she appeared on-screen. A woman of uncanny character, her flawless beauty and mystique piqued the attention of Hollywood as well. She was our answer to Marylin Monroe. Valentine’s day marks the birth anniversary of Madhubala. On the occasion, let’s remember the timeless beauty with some of her most remembered screen performances.
Madhubala’s relationship with legendary actor Dilip Kumar transcended into their onscreen chemistry which was beautifully captured in the Hindi adaptation of the novel Jane Eyre.
Not many know that Madhubala did, Mughal-E-Azam, much later after she earned praises for her other performances. Madhubala’s Anarkali, a courtesan falls in love with the Emperor’s son Salim portrayed by Dilip Kumar. The historic magnum opus was an instant hit and broke all records of that time.
Madhubala played the role of a naive woman named Usha in Beqasoor. She delivered a performance that touched everyone with her simplicity.
Arguably, one of Madhubala’s career-best performances. Co-starring Ashok Kumar, Howrah Bridge was one of her most loved films after Mughal-e-Azam and Half Ticket.
Light-hearted romances in films like Tarana worked for Madhubala as well. This was the first time that the legendary pairing of Madhubala and Dilip Kumar was witnessed by Indian cinema for the first time.
Madhubala’s beauty in Mahal is almost unreal. The Kamal Amrohi directorial was another milestone in her career and the history of Indian cinema.
Madhubala made her presence felt in what was a majorly male-dominated narrative. Starring Prem Nath in the titular role, Baadal became popular for its classic songs such as "Unse Pyar Ho Gaya" and "Do Din Ke Liye".
Madhubala immensely contributed to the success of Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi. The film saw a cult following and the song Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si continues to be a favourite of every Bollywood lover.
Madhubala and Kishore Kumar's chemistry is majorly why Half-Ticket got its legendary status. Madhubala delivered a rare comic performance and matched Kishore, a maverick in comedy.
In Dulari, came another knock-out performance by Madhubala who played a gypsy girl.