Madhubala

Other names of Madhubala: Madhu Bala, Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi

Madhubala is regarded as the Venus of Indian cinema. She is an epitome of beauty. Her phenomenal beauty, natural grace, talent and sensuality are till unexplainable. Though her fascinating persona that portrayed all the joie de vivre character was truly short-lived, she caught the attention of Hollywood and even Oscar-award winning filmmaker Frank Capra, who came to Bombay to meet her, but she did not even meet him at all. Her mystique and charisma attracted the West, and her story appeared in An American magazine terming her one of the top actress in the world. Madhubala is our only answer to Hollywood’s Marylin Monroe. It is sad that few films were only successful in the box-office while her contemporary Meena Kumari’s film created more wonder in the box office. She came to the film world at an age of nine only to support her family. She was born fifth as Mumtaz Jehan in a family of 13 members, and when her father lost his job, she along with his father used to knock at every studio in Bombay to get a break in film. Her family faced a lot of hardships and even Madhubala’s three sisters, and two brothers died at the age of five and six. Hence, she had no other option but eventually become an actress.

Her father Ataullah Khan was an instrumental in Madhubala’s career and kept strict control over her. He even imposed 7 pm deadline for the actress to return home after shooting. Her father was also seen breaking a relationship with Dilip Kumar. According to renowned Muslim clergy, she was destined to become rich, but died at a very young. She was totally under coma and bed-ridden for many years and died at an age of 36. Madhubala made her debut as a child artist and after the success of Mahal with Ashok Kumar, she became the most-sought after actress in Hindi cinema. Kamal Amrohi is a powerful name in Indian cinema for his excellent effort as director-writer for the classic ‘Mahal’. The film gave super stardom to Madhubala and even Lata Mangeshkar (song "Aayega Aane Waala"). She could convincingly play a comedy, romantic and tragedy role with ease. She acted with all leading top actors like Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Kishore Kumar and Bharat Bhushan. Her initial releases were flops but ‘Mahal’ was a turning point in her career. This film ran for one year in a cinema house in Kolkata and was equally success in another territory including Pakistan. It is said Dilip Kumar fell in love with her on sets of their film ‘Tarana’ and even openly declared love for her in an open courtroom, but her father’s disapproval irked Dilip so much that he went to say that he would love Madhubala till she dies.

Although Madhubala and Dilip Kumar acted in an epic movie ‘ Mughal-E-Azam’ but they did not speak with each other on the set and had never said ‘hello’ to each other. As a professional star, they acted together, and the film became hit because audiences were curious to see Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in the same frame even in personal life too. After this film, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala never appeared together. She is notable for her iconic performances in films like ‘ Amar’, ‘Mr & Mrs. 55’, ‘ Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, ‘ Howrah Bridge’, and ‘Barsaat Ki Ek Raat’. After Dilip Kumar had made an exit from her personal life, she had a romance with Kishore Kumar, and they married, but yet she had led an unhappy life. This beauty was born in Delhi on February 14, 1933, Delhi, and had died on February 23, 1969.

Madhurr Soma Mangnaanii

Madhur Somanghamani is a 34-years’-old resident of Pali Hill in Mumbai. She had pursued Greek Arts during her graduation from the Boston University. Madhur has an innate aptitude for fashion, acting and modeling. She also shows great interest in jewellery designing, cultural anthropology and history. She is a charitable person by nature as she looks after the functioning of an NGO, very efficiently. Soma Manghnani began her modeling career by winning the Dream Girl beauty pageant. She became the face of Gitanjali Jewels, a very reputed brand of jewellery in India. Later, she switched from modeling to acting. She has done two films and a television drama series. During her acting career, Manghnani wanted to play meaningful roles. This was one of the crucial reasons for which she left her role as Isha Shroff in Jabb Love Hua, a Hindi drama series telecasted by Zee TV from 2006 to 2007. She portrayed the character of the Aanya Shroff’s jealous sister, Aanya Shroff being the female lead in the serial, played by Priya Badlani. She was replaced by Monaz Mevawalla. Furthermore, she was seen in a Bollywood film ‘Kuch Din Kuch Pal’ and has acted the direction of Priyadarshan in a South Indian film. Manghnani has contested in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections in 2012 on behalf of BJP. She is the managing trustee and spokesperson of a highly active charitable organization called Muktangan International Foundation. The NGO aims for rehabilitation of war-stricken widows and drug addicts and seeks to support underprivileged children. She had inherited this organization from her mother. Manghnani is a person with undeviating ethical and moral values, and she carries a very strong mind. She turned vegetarian because of her love towards all animals. She strives for achieving a better future for her country.

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