A prodigious child actor turned leading lady, the face behind Mughal-E-Azam’s gorgeous Anarkali, Bollywood’s Marilyn Monroe, the Venus of Indian cinema – these are just a few of the titles we have for the late actress and cinematic legend Madhubala. Today, on the event of her 86th birth anniversary, it’s time to remember the brilliant Bollywood icon.
Born on Valentine’s Day, Indian cinema’s most beautiful has been stealing hearts for many generations. She began her epic career at just nine years old with the 1942 film Basant. Before going on to win fans over with her elegance and grace in nearly 70 movies, she made her breakthrough with Kamal Amrohi‘s Mahal, which released in 1949.
Now, around half a century after we lost this timeless Indian icon, fans have flooded social media in memoriam of Madhubala on her birthday.
Here is wishing a very happy birthday to the most beautiful female ever existed( after meri Wali ofc)
Madhubala ji is grace
Madhubala ji is elegance
Madhubala ji is beauty
Madhubala ji defines everything you can imagine a woman to reflect from outside and inside 😍😍😍😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/52kQlXsMlU
— कारे बारे त्यागी (@sh_atyagi) February 13, 2019
Aayega Aayega Aayega Aanewala
Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya
Tributes to the most beautiful actress of Indian Cinema, classic beauty with tragic short lived life, one of the most loved artists of Golden era, The Venus – #Madhubala ji on birth anniversary (Feb 14) 🌹🌹🙏 pic.twitter.com/ulpWwRF9IQ
— Movies N Memories (@BombayBasanti) February 13, 2019
A legend. An actress par excellence. A timeless beauty.
— Rabyanoor (@rabyanoor1) February 14, 2019
Even Google set out to honor Madhubala with a stunning Google Doodle designed by Bangalore-based artist Muhammed Sajid. She looks as charming as ever, just the way we remember her from her celebrated role as Anarkali in Mughal-E Azam.
Did you know? Bollywood icon Madhubala appeared in her first film at just 9 years old.
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) February 14, 2019
Bollywood’s ultimate magnum opus, Mughal-E-Azam was a milestone moment not just in Madhubala’s career but also for Indian cinema. It was one of the most famed and most expensive movies in Bollywood history and it featured the actress in her best element. As Anarkali, she not only blew us away with her talent and beauty but also with her undeniably brilliant chemistry with her co-star Dilip Kumar.
That being said, there’s no better way to pay tribute to the beauty of her most beloved role than with the on-stage adaptation of Mughal-E-Azam that is equally as extravagant and magnificent the legendary movie. You can witness Madhubala’s Anarkali come back to life as you enjoy the timeless tale of Mughal-E-Azam when it hits the JLN stadium stage in Delhi from 6th April onwards. As you lay in wait for the charming musical, check out our review of this on-stage spectacle. If you’re an SBI card holder you can book your exclusive pre-sale tickets right now or you can begin booking your tickets from 19th February onwards >>
*The set featured image has been taken from Google Doodles.