Madhubala on her 83rd birth anniversary
Madhubala on her 83rd birth anniversary : Today is the 83rd birth anniversary of renowned film actress Madhubala.
Madhubala had ventricular septal defect -a hole in her heart- which was detected, while she was shooting for Bahut Din Huwe. It was the film Mughal-e-Azam that marked what many consider to be Madhubala’s greatest and definitive characterization, as the doomed courtesan, Anarkali.
Although the film took nine years to complete, it was not until 1953, when Madhubala was finally chosen to play the role.
Unquestionably, Madhubala was the face of the black-and-white era. The advent of colour went on to accentuate her beauty for the original colour segments of Mughal-e-Azam, with the song set piece Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and the finale. The digitalised colour version, released in 2004, just doesn’t hold a candle to the original Mughal-e-Azam. In black-and-white, shorn of make-up and any form of styling for the prison scenes, she lip-syncs to the song Beqas Pe Karam Kijiye. Staggering!
Madhubala’s end-years were spent in deflecting an illness which had a deadline. At one point, doctors had declared that Madhubala wouldn’t last beyond a period of two years.
Despite that, she attempted to complete the last shooting spell required for Chalak co-featuring Raj Kapoor. Lore has it that since filmmakers had stopped approaching her to act, she threw caution to the wind, and steered towards film direction. Neither this project titled Farz Aur Ishq, nor Chalak, could get to the finishing line.
The real life Dilip Kumar-Madhubala romance, albeit scantily chronicled, is still the material that unrequited love stories are made of. After a seven year courtship, when Dilip Kumar testified against her in court in favour of B R Chopra, vis-à-vis her contract for Naya Daur, it was over. Or almost. She asked him to apologise before her outraged father Ataullah Khan. He didn’t. Nothing compares to Madhubala’s vulnerability contrasted with unbreakable strength in Mughal-e-Azam.Could she have ever topped that? That’s as redundant as asking if Nargis could have bettered Mother India, and Meena Kumari Pakeezah-plus-Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.
Perhaps every legend has that never-to-be-equalled magnificent moment.