Tuesday, 25 June 2013


Madhubala (14 February 1933 – 23 February 1969), born Mumtaz Jahan Dehlavi, was an Indian Bollywood actress who appeared in film classics Mahal (1949), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) and Mughal-e-Azam (1960). She was active between 1949 and 1960, after which illness shortened her career. With her contemporaries Nargis and Meena Kumari she is regarded as one of the influential Hindi movie actresses.

Madhubala was born Mumtaz Jahan Begum Dehlavi in New Delhi, on 14 February 1933, to Muslim parents of Pashtun (Pathan) descent, and was the fifth of eleven children. The family lived in Delhi. According to her sister, Madhur Bhushan, she was born a blue baby, which would later have implications on her health.

After Madhubala's father, Ataullah Khan, lost his job at the Imperial Tobacco Company in Delhi, he relocated his family to Mumbai. Madhubala's three sisters and two brothers died when at the age of five and six, and with his six remaining daughters to provide for, Khan, and the young Madhubala, began to pay frequent visits to Bombay film studios to look for work. At the age of 9 this was Madhubala's introduction to the movie industry, which would provide financial help to her family.

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