THE MAGIC OF MADHUBALA

THE MEN IN MADHUBALA'S LIFE

Madhubala was born on 14th february 1933 which was a Valentines Day to a pathan family. It is a great coincidence that such a luminous beauty was born on Valentines Day. It seems that those women who are born on Valentines Day and who are also very beautiful are bound to have lots of love affairs during their lifetime. Madhubalas father Attaulla Khan, an orthodox Pathan was very possessive of Madhubala. She was under clutches all her life. Madhubalas real name was Mumtaz Jahan Begum nicknamed as Majhlee Appa. She was born in poverty and was 5th child of 11 children. It was Madhubalas tragedy that she was diagnosed with a hole in her heart during her early childhood. Her father hid this fact from film producers. She even went to England for treatment. But as she was in advanced stage and as Doctors could not perform any surgery she had to come back to India without any treatment. Due to her fathers obsession of not allowing her to mingle with anybody she never found true love during her lifetime. He followed her right from his home to studios and back. She used to keep a diary on daily basis where she used to keep acurate account of daily events of her life.This diary could have unfolded many of Madhubalas secrets, especially about her love life. But unfortunately her father decided to bury her diary along with her in her grave.

 

Some of her love affairs are with:

Childhood Friend Latif:

Latif lived in Delhi. while moving from Delhi to Mumbai Madhubala gave him a red rose: an indication of her love. He had kept this rose till she died and placed it on her grave 30 years later. Now a retired IAS officer, he still goes to her grave on 23rd February and places a red rose on it.

Director Kamal Amrohi:

The Magic formula of film Mahal directed by Kamal Amrohi worked becoz the director and heroine were in deep love with each other. Father Attaullah khan had no objection on this affair. They may have gotten married but for possessive mind of Madhubala Amrohi was a Muslim. And Islam allowed upto 4 wives provided that first wife gave consent to her husband for second marriage. She offered him lakhs of rupees and insisted that he leave his first wife. But Amrohi remained loyal to his first wife and told Madhubala bluntly that he may be selling dialogue stories to film industry, but cannot sell his wife and children and nor his conscience! So she broke off with him, never to see him again. *However Amrohi got married to Mina Kumari(The Tragedy Queen) later.

*Maybe on day we will do a story of Meena Kumari

Actor Premnath:
 
Film Badal was the first movie of Madhubala with Premnath as hero. On the first day of shooting, before shooting started, Madhubala entered makeup room of Premnath and quickly handed him a fully blossomed red rose and a note. Puzzled Premnath read the note which said if you love me, please accept the rose, otherwise return it. Premnath was stunned. Without hesitation, Premnath accepted the rose and tucked it into the button hole of his coat and said to her Kubool hai, Kubool hai. After few weeks they broke off. Reason was a mystery as it had started from Madhubala's side. Later on Premnath came to know she did the same with Ashok Kumar. Then he got furious and decided not to see her again.
Dilip Kumar:
Dilip Kumar was also a Pathan. Her love affair with Dilip Kumar started when she was just 17 years old. Her father started to worry that if Madhubala gets married to Dilip Kumar, he would loose the financial support that Madhubala offered to the Khans entire family as she was the sole breadwinner for Attaullah Khan's family. It has been said that Dilip Kumar had insisted that if they were to marry, Madhubala would have to break all ties with her family. However their relationship continued for number of years. Finally they broke off due to her father huge impositions.

During the controversial period of B.R chopra's film Naya Daur in which Madhubala was dropped and was replaced by Vyjayantimala, love between the couple got revealed to the public as Dilip Kumar declared in the court that he loved Madhubala and will continue to love her until his death. Finally they broke off due to her father huge impositions and this whole court drama.

Then came K.Asifs Mugal-e-Azam. Madhubala had to fulfill this contract despite her broken relationship with Dilip Kumar. The film took incredible 10 years to complete and ironically followed the graph of their romantic affair. Dilip Kumar was very bitter and was not even talking to Madhubala except when shooting required a dialogue delivery with her. Under these conditions, it is remarkable that Madhubala maintained her composure and gave her best for the film with her superb acting. Film Mughal-e-Azam immortalized Madhubala.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (Former Priminister of Pakistan):
Bhutto used to visit the sets of Mugal-e-Azam in Mumbai studios just to see Madhubala. Especially, on the sets when the song Mohe Panghat Pe Nandlal Ched Gayo re was being picturized. Although he was not part of Mumbai film industry he became obsessed with Madhubala's beauty. After few years he left Mumbai and settled pemanently in Sind,Pakistan.

Actor/Singer Kishore Kumar:

Soon after Madhubala's break up with Dilip Kumar she married actor/singer Kishore Kumar. Madhubala needed stability in her life and Kishore at that time needed financial help. Madhubala had severe health problems and had no time to take care of his financial problems. Eventually song Mere Sapno Ki Rani from film Aradhana clicked after which Kishore Kumar never looked back. Madhubala's terminal illness confined her to her house which caused huge amounts of tension between the married couple. Madhubala passed away on Feb 23,1969 on a Sunday Morning when she had just turned 36 years old.

THE MAGIC OF MADHUBALA:

MOVIE : MAHAL 1949SINGER: LATA MANGESHKAR
MUSIC : KHEMCHAND PRAKASH
LYRICS: NAKSHAB

11) MUSHKIL HAIN BAHUT MUSHKIL
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=35211

Mushkil hai
It is difficult
Mushkil hai ai ai ai
It is difficult

Mushkil hai bahut mushkil (chahat ka bhula dena)It is really difficult to forget your love
Aasaan nahin dil ki (yeh aag bujha dena)2
It is not easy to put out the fire of love in the heart

(Yeh khel nahin lekin yeh khel hai ulfat ka)2
This is not a game, one should take it seriously
Roton ko hansa dena (hanston ko rulaa dena)2
A crying person can be made happy, and a happy person can be reduced to tears

Mushkil hai bahut mushkil
It is really difficult

(Dilwalon ki duniya mein hai rasm ke jab koi)2
In the land of love, the tradition is such that
Aaye to qadam lena (jaaye to duaa dena)2
When one enters one must pace themselves,(take things slowly) and when they leaves pray for them because they will b
e leaving devastated
Mushkil hai bahut mushkil
It is really difficult

Uljhan hai bahut phir bhi hum tum ko na bholenge
It is a problem, I would not be able to forget you
Mumkin to nahin lekin (tum hum ko bhula dena 2)
I do not think it will be possible, but you should try to forget about me

Mushkil hai bahut mushkil chaahat ka bhula dena2
It is really difficult to forget your love

Trans:Ranjana:


THE MAGIC OF MADHUBALA:
Madhubala
A RECAP OF HER MOST POPULAR SONGS: VOL 1

1) AAYEGA AAYEGAA AANEWALA
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=35208
1)THE VIDEO: AAYEGA AAYEGA AANEWALA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e24S6d4e3QA

 2) DILNE PHIR YAAD KIYA
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=35204
2) THE VIDEO: DILNE PHIR YAAD KIYA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03Ce_iV22e4

3) PYAR KIYA TU DARNA KYA
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=26079
3) THE VIDEO: PYAR KIYA TU DARNA KYA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdOS-0sIW-Y

4) MOHABAT KI JHOOTI KAHANI PE ROYE
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=26073
4) THE VIDEO: MOHABAT KI JHOOTI KAHANI 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk2Tooe-CXo

5) NA SHIKWA HAI KOI
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=29680
5) THE VIDEO: NA SHIKWA HAI KOI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cbtxuBP-gk

6) SAB KUCH LUTA KE HOSH MEIN  
http://link.songspk.cab/indian.../download.php?id=345
6) THE VIDEO: SAB KUCH LUTA KE HOSH MEIN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M06qGuUH0fo

THE MAGIC OF MADHUBALA:

A RECAP OF HER MOST POPULAR SONGS: VOL 2

7) ZINDAGI BHAR NAHI BHOOLENGE
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=29413

7) THE VIDEO: ZINDAGI BHAR NAHI BHOLENGE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBcOORmJLPA

8) AYE DIL TUJHE KASAM HAI
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=28781

8) THE VIDEO: AYE DIL TUJHE KASAM HAI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMzxNyYdyYg


9) SEENE MEIN SULAGTI HAIN ARMAAN
http://mp3mad.com/tones/tone.php?id=190922
9) THE VIDEO: SEENE MEIN SULAGTI HAIN ARMAAN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk_0ML7iuVE

10) TAQDEER JAGA KAR AYEE HOON
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=28774
10) THE VIDEO: TAQDEER JAGA KAR AYEE HOON
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kiuXJM0fVw

11) MUSHKIL HAIN BAHUT MUSHKIL
http://www.mastimag.com/download.php?song_id=35211
11) THE VIDEO: MUSHKIL HAIN BAHUT MUSHKIL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R26FoiB9Io

12) GUZRA HUA ZAMANA AATA NAHIN DUBARA
http://cdn.mp3mad.info/128-252...a%20Hua%20Zamana.mp3
12) THE VIDEO: GUZRA HUA ZAMANA AATA NAHIN DUBARA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8aqXUA40jg

Madhubala's timeless beauty

RASHEEDA BHAGAT

Story of Madhubala captures the fascinating persona of this yesteryear queen of the silver screen, portraying all the romance and heartache, the joie de vivre and despair that characterised her all-too-short life.

When the publishers of the book — Hay House India — sent the customary alert about its forthcoming publications, a senior colleague in Business Line, Delhi, put it very eloquently in his short and succinct response to me: Madhubala… hai marjawa”.

Well if the stunning beauty of this yesteryear's queen… her bewitching eyes, mischievous glances, dazzling smile, glowing skin, natural look unburdened by make-up and a matchless, timeless sensuous persona…could have a magic effect on me, a woman, my colleague in Delhi is, after all, a mere male!

The book in question is The Story of Madhubala written by Khatija Akbar, and I hastily asked for a review copy. Mention Madhubala and what immediately comes to mind is the magic chemistry between her and Dilip Kumar, the Salim and Anarkali of Mughal-e-Azam. Though, thanks to her father Ataullah Khan's cussedness, the two never got married.

Before Mughal-e-Azam came Tarana, where Dilip and Madhubala were cast together. Says the author, “the aura of intimate, unalloyed happiness has never been captured as effectively in any film before or since, as it was when with a simple flick of one finger, Dilip Kumar pushed a stray lock of hair away from Madhubala's face, gazed into her eyes and forgot to look away”!

Her sister Madhur Bhushan adds that, in every scene of the film, romance was “played out at its heart-searing best. It was a professional association that was waiting to turn the page and become much, much more. They were made for each other. What a pair!”

In 1992, Ms Akbar decided to write a book on Madhubala, but very little authentic research material was available to her in the form of exhaustive interviews or in-depth articles. The strictness of her father, the reclusive lifestyle of the star and the young age at which she died — she was only 36 — in 1969, made the book a daunting task.

Dilip Kumar's take

Also, many people close to her had passed away, and she found it impossible to get an appointment with the man whose input was invaluable for her venture. On Dilip Kumar the common refrain was “He will not speak on Madhubala”. But she persisted, and with help from Dilip's brother Ahsan Khan, finally got a promise of 10 minutes, which stretched to 45!

When she began by saying she wouldn't delve into ‘controversies” Dilip Kumar said: “There were no controversies. There were straight decisions taken on moral and common sense grounds.”

On the woman he had once loved so passionately he said she had “great star aura” and fans thronged for no other star outside the studios as “they did for Madhu… her personality was vivacious.” Describing her as an “excellent artiste with a lot of versatility” he added: “She had an obsession about her work. The aptitude and flair were there from the beginning.”

So who was his favourite star, she asked?

“There was a pause, and he replied: ‘Meena and Madhu'”. When the author gushed that Madhubala was her all-time favourite, Dilip smiled and said: “You are in good company”.

Pure star value

Academy Awards veteran and Hollywood director Frank Capra, once in Bombay for an international film festival, was keen to meet Madhubala, but the reclusive star stayed away from all the meets to honour him.

When B.K.Karanjia went to interview him with a copy of his magazine Movie Times, where Madhubala was on cover, Capra exclaimed: “Good God! Who is this girl? Is she really as beautiful?” Seeking a lunch meeting at the Taj, he said he could give her an opening in Hollywood.

When an excited Karanjia conveyed this message to Ataullah Khan, the dragon father, who put such severe restrictions on his star daughter's movements, dismissed the whole thing saying she couldn't eat with “forks and knives”!

A director's delight, the star was extremely punctual; after a morning walk on the seashore at 5 a.m, she would ring up Premnath at 6 a.m. and urge him not to miss his game of tennis and often reached the studios before the director or producer arrived.

Effect on co-stars

In one article Filmindia magazine joked: “With the time-conscious Madhubala reaching the studios at 9 a.m. sharp, Mehboob has to pass through the pain of going early with all his technicians. They all come yawning and wake up Dilip Kumar who sleeps in the studio these days to be in time for his heroine.”

When Shammi Kapoor first saw her, he found it impossible to take his eyes off her. Enraptured, flustered and lost, he said he was so nervous to work with her he'd forget his dialogues. “When I looked at her, I was lost and tongue-tied. She had that effect on me. She knew it too, she could see it and she helped me gradually. In no time at all, I was in love. I said it then and I still maintain I have never seen a more beautiful woman; such perfection of face, form and skin, she was almost ethereal”.

You can't think of Madhubala without recalling her portrayal of that incredible melody “Accha ji mein haari chalo maan jao na” from Kala Pani. Whether romance, sensuality or raw sex appeal, she could convey it all through her eyes.

Says the author: “Unalloyed and pure, her beauty belongs to every age. Its only parallel in the film world can perhaps be found in Marilyn Monroe.”

But her book, which describes how the Madhubala-Dilip romance came to nought, breaking the already fragile and sick heart of the actress, leaves you with a sense of immense loss and deep sadness.

In her quest of discovery, Ms Akbar found no disillusioning facts or unsavoury truths. “No dark secrets, no skeletons in cupboards, no horror tales of drunkenness or mean habits. Only human failings. It was not easy to come to terms with the reality of Madhubala's increasing suffering and helplessness. One felt it was all so wrong. The beauty, adoration and fame had come with a very heavy price attached.”

And yet her beauty has proved to be timeless. Shashi Kapoor calls her “the sexiest woman I've ever seen” and adds: “I recently saw Mughal-e-Azam and she once again succeeded in destroying me totally. It's a fatal attraction, its not just sexiness but that tremendous quality of projecting love.

Her eyes spoke volumes. Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan have gone on record of being smitten with Madhubala.

So my Delhi colleague is in great company… hai marjawa indeed!

THE MAGIC OF MADHUBALA:

While filming for Bahut Din Huwe, Madhubala discovered she had Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) or a hole in her heart. She also suffered from pulmonary pressure in her lungs and had to be given oxygen several hours a day.

She was eventually confined to her bed for nine years and attempts at acting or directing failed miserably. She eventually passed away at the tender age of 36. Madhubala was buried along with her personal diary at the Santa Cruz Muslim cemetery.

Published in Dawn, Sunday Magazine, January 18th, 2015

THE MAGIC OF MADHUBALA:

Madhubala was born in Delhi, India on February 14, 1933 as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi. Her father, Attaullah Khan was a Yousafzai Pasthun from the old Peshawar valley, which included the present-day Mardan and Swabi region as well.

He relocated the family to Bombay and then Delhi after he lost his job at the Imperial Tobacco Company in Peshawar. As a side note, Swabi still produces the best tobacco exported all over the world.

The family struggled in Delhi in its initial years before Mumtaz Jehan got a role as a child star in the film Basant which was a big success. She was the sole earning member in her large family which included her parents and her four other sisters.

 

 
 

 

Mumtaz Jehan was only 14 years old when she played her first lead role against Raj Kapoor (who was 22 at the time) in Neel Kamal in 1947. She adopted her popular name Madhubala (made of honey) after the film on the advice of a friend. Madhu played the lead role in around 66 films against all of the major male leading actors before doing her career-defining role as Anarkali in Mughal-i-Azam.

Arshi Bano posted:

I am madly fan of madhu bala 

Looking good , Nice features, Style was amazing,

 

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Arshi, I do agree with you, that in her heydays she was the darling of the Indian Screen, too bad she had to leave this world at a very young age, indeed she was a beautiful woman.

Thanks for liking this one.

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