Often known as the ‘Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood’, Google doodle commemorated the legendary actress Madhubala’s 86th birth anniversary today with a colourful doodle.
The actress was born in Delhi in 1933 and was knows as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dahlavi. Her debut appearance on the big screen was at the age of 9 with the film ‘Basant’.
She was well-known for her performances in ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gadi’, ‘Mr and Mrs 55’. She had a career spanning 22 years, starring in over 70 films.
She came into the limelight with the film ‘Neel Kamal’ in 1947, starring opposite Raj Kapoor.
The actress of ‘Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ fame also caught international media’s attention. When ace photographer James Burke came to India and photographed her for ‘Life Magazine’.
They called her the biggest star in the international film industry. She was even offered a Hollywood role by Frank Capra, however her father refused.
The iconic actress changed her name to Madhubala on the insistence of fellow actress, Devika Rani. She was the family’s main bread earner, and worked tirelessly to support her parents and four sisters.
Her famous love story with Dilip Kumar is not hidden from the world. She fell in love with her co-star while filming for ‘Mughal-E-Azam’. Their chemistry lit up the screen and is still etched in the hearts of millions.
“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,” Google said in its blog.
Madhubala appeared in nine films during 1949, including a spellbinding breakout performance in the box office hit Mahal.
Appearing in over 70 films over the course of a tragically brief career, Madhubala who would have turned 86 today was called ‘The Biggest Star in the World’ in 1952 by Theatre Arts Magazine.
Madhubala’s fledgling career and life was cut short when she breathed her last on February 23, 1969, due to prolonged illness.
In 2008, the legendary actress appeared on a commemorative postage stamp in India, where she is remembered by many as one of the greatest to ever grace the silver screen.