Madhubala's story in her sister's words

I had earlier written a post on Madhubala. Today I read her younger sister’s interview on rediff, where Madhur Bhushan (real name Zahida) discusses the three important relationships in Madhubala’s life: her Father, Dilip Kumar, and Kishore Kumar.

You then realize how egotistic and full of themselves the big stars have been.

Entry into movies:

My father, Ataullah Khan, was working in the Imperial Tobacco Company in Peshawar, Pakistan, when he lost his job and decided to come to Mumbai. Madhubala was seven at that time. Her real name was Mumtaz Begum. We called her Mazliappa, as she was the fifth child.

My father started looking for a job. He also took Madhubala to film studios. She got work in Basant (1942) at the age of nine. The leading lady’s name was Mumtaz Shanti, so Madhubala was called Baby Mumtaz, when she was a child actress.

She got her first break in Kirdar Sharma’s Neel Kamal. Kirdar’s wife was supposed to play the lead role but she passed away. As Madhubala knew the dialogues, she became a heroine at the age of 13. From this film onwards, she was credited as Madhubala. The film did not do well, but her work was appreciated.

Madhubala shot to fame in 1949 with Mahal. She was 16. At that time, no one realised that she was sick, not even my father. Madhubala was a healthy child, and very bubbly.

Her illness:

Madhubala first vomited blood when she was in Chennai shooting for S S Vassan’s Bahut Din Huwe (1954). She was treated, and she resumed shooting. Nobody thought she was sick until she fainted on J K Nanda’s sets while shooting with Raj Kapoor on Chalack (1957). The film never got completed. That’s when the doctor said that she had a hole in her heart. She was 24 then.

She was advised bed rest for three months, but after a month of rest, Madhubala resumed work. Looking at her, one would not say that she was sick. She, herself, was not ready to believe that she was sick.

Her last film was Mughal-E-Azam, which released in 1960. People think that she worked after that too, but that’s not true. She had completed all her films in the 10 years that it took for Mughal-E-Azam to be made.

Some movies released after she was bedridden but she was in no condition to work after Mughal-E-Azam. In fact, in some of the scenes, you will notice that she looks pale and sick.

Romance with Dilip Kumar:

The reason Madhubala broke up with Dilip Kumar was B R Chopra’s film Naya Daur, not my father.

Madhubala had shot a part of the film when the makers decided to go for an outdoor shoot to Gwalior. The place was known for dacoits, so my father asked them to change the location. They disagreed because they wanted a hilly terrain. So my father asked her to quit the film. He was ready to pay the deficit.

Chopra asked Dilip Kumar for help. Dilipsaab and Madhubala were engaged then. Dilipsaab tried to mediate but Madhubala refused to disobey her father.

Chopra’s production filed a case against her, which went on for a year. But this did not spoil their relationship.

Dilipsaab told her to forget movies and get married to him. She said she would marry him, provided he apologised to her father. He refused, so Madhubala left him. That one ‘sorry’ could have changed her life. She loved Dilipsaab till the day she died.

Marriage with Kishore Kumar:

When Madhubala fell sick and was planning to go to London for treatment, Kishore Kumar proposed marriage.

My father wanted her to wait and get a clean chit from the London doctors first. But Madhubala married Kishore Kumar out of stubbornness, and anger towards Dilipsaab. They got married in 1960. She was 27 years old.

Once the doctor gave his verdict — that she would not live for long — Kishorebhai brought her a house in Mumbai’s Carter Road and dumped her there alone, with a nurse and a driver. He would come once in about four months to see her. He did not take her phone calls. Kishorebhai was madly in love with Madhubala but once she returned from London, he dumped her. He was not a good husband.

Madhubala was very depressed because no one came to meet her. Once upon a time, she was hot property in the industry. But when she was bedridden and dying, not a single person met her. Also, she could no longer dress up. She was in night gowns most of the time. She died at the age of 36.

  • Anonymous

    Hello Sir !!

    Where was this article of Madhubala’s sister ? magazine/radio ?
    I have her radio interview where she has some different thoughts

    Please let me know your source or please do not write articles from hear-say

    kcp

  • Anonymous

    oops..sorry it was rediff..I am sorry

    kcp

  • Desh

    No problem, KCP. Can you please share what her thoughts were on the radio programme? I am curious to know what she said there?

  • Desh

    No problem, KCP. Can you please share what her thoughts were on the radio programme? I am curious to know what she said there?

  • rajiv

    Madhubala is such a great actress when can’t even be matched with any one. But unfortunately she has passed away when her career was in a high peak. Its a very shame on Dilip Kumar as he did not fulfil her last wish to see him once. Such a great actor must not have hurted her inner feelings. This point really pinched me alot. If it was a true love than Dilip Kumar must have visited her the day before she died. He really hurted her alot during the last 2 day of her death. Even Kishore Kumar who is a legendary singer has also cheated her. How much she would have been hurted by these 2 people who disappeared when her health was deteriorating day by day. In her rememberance Madhubala must have been given an unforgettable award so that her soul would have felt very happy. Such a beautiful and great actress can’t be seen ever again and again. Now whereever she is born again. I hope now she is enjoying her life with a happy and beautiful loving family. It will be thrilling if any time , if a news comes that so and so person is the reincarnation of Madhubala. If it is proved. Then the Dilip Kumar must fell very ashamed for what he has done during the last 2 days of her death. She is an evergreen beautiful actress . Even now also I always remember her famous song where the Lyrics are highlight

    ” Guzra Hua Zamana, Aata Nahin Dubara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara

    Khushiyaan Thi Chaar Din Ki Aansoo Hain Umr Bhar Ke
    Tanhaiyon Mein Aqsar Royenge Yaad Kar Ke
    Vo Waqt Jo Ki Hamne Ik Saath Hai Guzaara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara…

    Meri Qasam Hai Mujhko Tum Bewafa Na Kehna
    Majboor Thi Mohabbat Sab Kuchh Pada Hai Sehna
    Toota Hai Zindagi Ka Ab Aakhri Sahara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara…

    Mere Liye Sehar Bhi Aayi Hai Raat Ban Kar
    Nikla Mera Janaza Meri Baraat Ban Kar
    Achha Hua Jo Tumne Dekha Na Ye Nazaara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara……..”

  • rajiv

    Madhubala is such a great actress when can’t even be matched with any one. But unfortunately she has passed away when her career was in a high peak. Its a very shame on Dilip Kumar as he did not fulfil her last wish to see him once. Such a great actor must not have hurted her inner feelings. This point really pinched me alot. If it was a true love than Dilip Kumar must have visited her the day before she died. He really hurted her alot during the last 2 day of her death. Even Kishore Kumar who is a legendary singer has also cheated her. How much she would have been hurted by these 2 people who disappeared when her health was deteriorating day by day. In her rememberance Madhubala must have been given an unforgettable award so that her soul would have felt very happy. Such a beautiful and great actress can’t be seen ever again and again. Now whereever she is born again. I hope now she is enjoying her life with a happy and beautiful loving family. It will be thrilling if any time , if a news comes that so and so person is the reincarnation of Madhubala. If it is proved. Then the Dilip Kumar must fell very ashamed for what he has done during the last 2 days of her death. She is an evergreen beautiful actress . Even now also I always remember her famous song where the Lyrics are highlight

    ” Guzra Hua Zamana, Aata Nahin Dubara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara

    Khushiyaan Thi Chaar Din Ki Aansoo Hain Umr Bhar Ke
    Tanhaiyon Mein Aqsar Royenge Yaad Kar Ke
    Vo Waqt Jo Ki Hamne Ik Saath Hai Guzaara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara…

    Meri Qasam Hai Mujhko Tum Bewafa Na Kehna
    Majboor Thi Mohabbat Sab Kuchh Pada Hai Sehna
    Toota Hai Zindagi Ka Ab Aakhri Sahara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara…

    Mere Liye Sehar Bhi Aayi Hai Raat Ban Kar
    Nikla Mera Janaza Meri Baraat Ban Kar
    Achha Hua Jo Tumne Dekha Na Ye Nazaara
    Hafiz Khuda Tumhara……..”

  • Shoeb kazi

    I realy appreciate your article because of you we know madhubala life and black days of her life. It is true madhubala never forgot she always remember. Dilip kumar is realy bad person.

  • Shoeb kazi

    I realy appreciate your article because of you we know madhubala life and black days of her life. It is true madhubala never forgot she always remember. Dilip kumar is realy bad person.

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  • Riaz

    I just learnt all this info just during the past few weeks. She is truly beautiful, graceful and versatile. She lives in hearts of her countless fans even 40 years after her painful death. Knowing all this has hurt me a lot and it is very painful. I wonder why a legendary actor like Mr. Dulip Kumar hurt his love (innocent & truly committed Madhubala). If it is true, he has violated and negated Islamic commandments. It is mandatory for a Muslim to visit a sick Muslim. But he did not. His visit would have allowed her to pass away peacefully. But his arrogance & anger stopped him from doing any favor to sweet & innocent Madhubala. If it is true, he will be accountable on the day of judgement. If it is true, he has no right for Madhubala. He is an absolute loser. But I still respect him as my favorite actor.

  • Riaz

    Hi Rajiv,

    I also have felt greatly hurt as what the these 2 Bollywood greats did with Madhubala gee. If it is true, it is shame on both of these fellows. Can you know more about Madhubala’s remaining family members.

  • Riaz

    Hi Rajiv,

    I also have felt greatly hurt as what these 2 Bollywood greats did with Madhubala gee. If it is true, it is shame on both of these fellows. Can you help me know more about Madhubala’s remaining family members?

  • Saif husain

    I read her biography also, I always love to read about Madhubala, as a person, very kind, innocent, and beautiful too, this Icould make out from her way of dealing with her own life and struggling with pride. Can anybody tell me if I am right : she worked as heroine with Actor Ajit in a film called TEER-ANDAZ ? Y cant we read or hear about this film anywhere??

  • dhaarna gupta

    What a tragic end to such a beautiful story. Someone who was the epitome of beauty died a death where no one really seemed to care about Madhubala. however, more can be read about her life through Khatija Akbar’s biographic book- I want to live: the story of Madhubala. The author has made sincere efforts to bring out the unknown facets of the starlet’s life through her book. Get this one from uRead, has a rare pic of the beauty on its cover!!!

  • Dhruba K Sapkota

    Very much informative article on Great Actress Madhubala, Many Many Thanks Desh Bhai for posting it in the net.
    Dhruba K Sapkota (The Netherlands)
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  • Saani

    Brave and sincere people will always compromise and say sorry.