On Thursday, Google dedicated its doodle to the iconic actress of Indian cinema Madhubala. She is popularly known as “the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood”, was well-known for her outstanding beauty, personality and intuitive portrayals of ladies in films.

Madhubala was raised in slums of Bombay, started supporting her family as a child star and soon became a leading woman for her grace on screen and significant acting abilities.

Madhubala was born in Delhi on February 14, 1993. Her real-life name is Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi and was brought up in a town, which is situated near the Bombay Talkies film studio.

She appeared in her first film at the age of 9-years-old, became popular as Baby Mumtaz. In 1947, Madhubala started in the lead role in Neel Kamal, when she was 14-years old, played as Madhubala. She is her family’s main breadwinner and worked tirelessly to financially support her parents and four sisters as well.  

In 1949, Madhubala starred in nine films, including a captivating breakout performance in the box office hit, Mahal.

While Madhubala’s outstanding performance earned comparisons to Venus, she was a gifted artist with an understated style will match for dramas, comedies, and romantic roles alike. The outstanding actress fell in love with Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar, played as her co-star in 1951 romance Tarana, but her father, who used to handle her career, interfered in their love story. Their chemistry in the epic historical drama Mughal-e-Azam, which is one of the expensive and most popular movies in the history of Bollywood was unforgettable and undeniable.  

Starred in more than 70 films over the course of a tragically brief career. She has turned 86-years today, in 1952 was called “The Biggest Star in the World” by Theatre Arts magazine.

In 2008, Madhubala appeared on a commemorative postage stamp in India, where everyone remembers her as one of the greatest to ever grace the silver screen.

Her life and career were cut short when she died on February 23, 1969, from a prolonged illness at 36-years-old. Madhubala started in Chalak opposite Raj Kapoor, which was supposed to be released in 1996 as it required a short spell of shooting but she could not even survive that strength and therefore, the movie was left incomplete even at the time of her death.

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