Tech giant Google on Thursday, February 14, dedicated its doodle to the iconic actress of the Indian cinema Madhubala to celebrate her 86th birth anniversary. The legendary actress known for her beauty and elegance was identified as the 'The Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood'. To mark her birth anniversary, Google shared a doodle of the Bollywood diva from her portrayal of Anarkali in 1960 film 'Mughal-e-Azam'.
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Madhubala whose original name was Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi was born in Delhi on this day in 1933. She was shifted to Mumbai at a very young age where she was raised and started her acting career. She made her Bollywood debut as a child star at the age of 9 as Baby Mumtaz. Soon she made her place as the leading lady on screen with her graceful acting skills. Besides beauty, she was remarkable for her sensitive portrayal of women in films.
She took up the first female lead role in 1947 film 'Neel Kamal' at the age of 14 under the title 'Madhubala' and soon became a sensation. Being the sole breadwinner for her family of her parents and four sisters, she worked very hard to make the ends meet. She has worked in films of different genre including comedies, dramas, and rom-coms. She is known for her astonishing performance in films like 'Mahal', 'Mughal-e-Azam', 'Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi', 'Barsaat Ki Raat', etc. among others.
As per media reports, she fell in love with veteran actor Dilip Kumar, her costar in the 1951 romance 'Tarana'. However, the romance didn't last long as Madhubala's father refused to give his approval to the relationship.
The actress died at an age of 36 suffering from prolonged illness on 23 February 1969. During her brief acting career, she has starred in over 70 films. In 1952 she was titled 'The Biggest Star in the World' by Theatre Arts magazine. In 2008 she appeared on a commemorative postage stamp in India, where she is remembered by many as one of the greatest to ever grace the silver screen.
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