Today is the 86th birth anniversary of the legendary Indian actress, Madhubala and Google is commemorating her with a doodle.
Designed by Bangalore-based artist Muhammed Sajid, the doodle enacts Madubala in an iconic dance scene. The Goggle post that accompanies the doodle reads, “While her breathtaking appearance earned comparisons to Venus, Madhubala was a gifted actor with an understated style well suited for comedies, dramas, and romantic roles alike.”
Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi was born on February 14, 1933 in Delhi. After her father lost his job, the family relocated to Mumbai and at the tender age of 9, “Baby Mumtaz” started her journey in films—to provide financial support to her family. The films she acted in, went on to become highly successful with her first movie, “Basant”, a box-office success. It was under the advice of actress Devika Rani, who was impresses with her, Mumtaz changed her on-screen name to Madhubala, meaning “honey belle.”
Becoming the primary source of her family’s income, Madhubala acted in a large number of highly successful movies like “Mahal”, “Tarana”, “Mr and Mrs ‘55” “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi” and the movie she is most remembered for, “Mughal-e-Azam.”
Despite her short but distinguished career, Madhubala is most remembered for her tragic romance with actor Dilip Kumar, her co-star of many movies. However, when her father objected, she yielded. Ironically, “Mughal-e-Azam”, mirrors her real life in this aspect. A father who is against the love affair and the final ending culminating to the separation of the doomed couple.
She married famous comic actor Kishore Kumar. However, it is said the marriage was not particularly happy. Regardless of her congenital heart defect, she continued working in movies like “Passport” and “Half Ticket.”
Called “The Biggest Star in the World” in 1952 by Theatre Arts magazine, throughout her career, Madhubala appeared in over 70 films playing versatile characters. Therefore, it is a pity that her acting ability is often overshadowed by her beauty and grace. She never received any awards, despite being one of the most popular actress of her time.
She died on February 23, 1969, shortly after her 36th birthday.