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Madhubala photographed in 1951
14 February 1933
Delhi, British India (present-day India)
Died23 February 1969 (aged 36)
Cause of deathVentricular septal defect
Resting placeJuhu Cemetery, Santacruz, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
ResidenceSangeet Samrat Naushad Ali Marg, Bandra, Mumbai, India
Other namesBaby Mumtaz, Madhu, Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, The Beauty with Tragedy, Anarkali of Hindi Cinema, The Venus of Indian Cinema
  • Actress
  • film producer
  • singer (in some of her early films)
Years active1942–1964
  • Mahal (1949)
  • Tarana (1951)
  • Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955)
  • Kala Pani (1958)
  • Howrah Bridge (1958)
  • Phagun (1958)
  • Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
  • Barsaat Ki Raat (1960)
  • Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
  • Half Ticket (1962)
Kishore Kumar
(m. 1960; her death 1969)
RelativesSee Ganguly family

Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi (born 14 February 1933 – 23 February 1969), better known by her stage nameMadhubala, was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi films. She was active between 1942 and 1964. Known for her beauty, personality, and sensitive portrayals of tragic women, she was also known as The Beauty With Tragedy and The Venus Queen of Indian Cinema. Her comparison with Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe earned her the name Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood.[1][2][3]

Madhubala made her screen debut as a child artist at the age of nine with the film Basant (1942). However, her acting career as a heroine actually began in 1947, when she appeared in Neel Kamal with Raj Kapoor at the age of 14.[4] During the career span of 22 years, she appeared in around 73 Hindi films. She received her only nomination for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in Mughal-e-Azam (1960).[5]

In 1951, she also caught the interest of Hollywood when ace photographer James Burke visited India and photographed her for Life Magazine. In their feature of her, Life, called her 'the biggest star' in the international film industry. She was photographed extensively for this feature by James Burke.[6][better source needed] Madhubala had been compared to Marilyn Monroe: the smoldering looks, the short career, the tragic end. 'There was a remarkable similarity in the soft vulnerability of their faces', writes Khatija Akbar in her biography of Madhubala. 'The same abandoned to their laughter, head thrown back, that same incandescent glow'. She was an avid fan of Hollywood, and while visiting Bombay, Frank Capra was keen in giving her a break in Hollywood but her father refused.

Madhubala received wide recognition for her performances in films such as Mahal (1949), Amar (1954), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Barsaat Ki Raat (1960). Her performance in Mughal-e-Azam established her as an iconic actress of Hindi Cinema. Her last film Jwala, although shot in the 1950s, was released in 1971.

Madhubala's private life received much attention. Madhubala had a long relationship with actor Dilip Kumar, but instead she married her Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi co-star Kishore Kumar in 1960. Together they had worked in films such as Dhake Ki Malmal (1956), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Jhumroo (1961) and Half Ticket (1962). Madhubala's life and career was cut short when she died in 1969 from a prolonged illness at the age of 36.

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  • 2Career
  • 3Personal life
    • 3.1Relationships
  • 5Legacy and honours

Early life and education[edit]

Madhubala was born on 14 February 1933 as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi, the fifth of eleven children in Delhi, British India (present day in India). Her parents were Ataullah Khan and Aayesha Begum. She had ten siblings out of whom only four survived to adulthood. Her father, Ataullah Khan belonged to the Yousafzai tribe of Pashtuns, and lived in Peshawar valley which includes the present-day regions of Mardan and Swabi, now in Pakistan, with his family.[7] After losing his job at the Imperial Tobacco Company in Peshawar, he relocated the family to Delhi and then Bombay. The family endured many hardships. Madhubala's three sisters and two brothers died at the ages of five and six. The dock explosion and fire of 14 April 1944 wiped out their small home. The family survived only because they had gone to see a film at a local theater.[8]

With his six remaining daughters to provide for, Khan, and the young Madhubala began to pay frequent visits to Bombay film studios to look for work. At the age of 9, this was Madhubala's introduction to the movie industry, which would provide financial help to her family.[9] Madhubala spoke her native language Pashto at home and was proficient in Urdu and Hindi. She couldn't speak a word of English but yearned to learn the language. Madhubala learned driving at the age of twelve and sometimes enjoyed long drives.[10]

I am not a spendthrift for the simple reason that I do not know what to spend money on. I do not have a passion for jewellery and clothes. I do not travel. I do not go out much. By God's grace I have all necessities of life and I am happy

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— Madhubala


1942–49: Early career[edit]

Madhubala as a child artist with Mumtaz Shanti and Ulhas in Basant (1942)

Madhubala's first movie Basant (1942), was a box office success. She acted as the daughter to the character played by actress Mumtaz Shanti and was credited as Baby Mumtaz in the film. Basant became the highest-grossing Indian film of that year.[11]

A nine year old Madhubala, then a child artist often tottered around various studios of Bombay in search of work and made several friends there. Around the same time, another child artist Baby Mahjabeen also visited these studios and was known to Madhubala. This Baby Mahjabeen later on, became one of the most sought after stars and her contemporary – Meena Kumari.[12] Madhubala was a fan of Meena Kumari and said: 'She has the most unique voice. No other heroine has it'.[13]

After starring in the film Basant, Madhubala starred in director Kidar Sharma's 1945 film Dhanna Bhagat. More films of Baby Mumtaz followed in 1946 such as Pujari, Phoolwari and Rajputani. Phoolwari was the third highest grossing film of that year and starred Motilal and Khursheed Bano in lead roles.

Her first lead role, at the age of 14, was opposite Raj Kapoor in Kidar Sharma's Neel Kamal (1947).[11] Actress Devika Rani was impressed by her performance and potential, and advised her to assume the screen name 'Madhubala', literally meaning 'honey belle'.[14]Neel Kamal was the last film in which she was credited as Mumtaz before assuming her screen name 'Madhubala'.Raj Kapoor and Madhubala again paired up for Dil Ki Rani (1947), a comedy film directed by Mohan Sinha (Grandfather of Vidya Sinha).

Hollywood interest[edit]

Madhubala is said to be the first Indian woman in Hollywood. In the early 1950s, as Madhubala became popular,[15]she caught the interest of Hollywood when ace photographer James Burke visited India and photographed her for the Life magazine. In their feature of her, Life called her 'the biggest star' in the international industry. She was photographed extensively for this feature by photographer James Burke. She appeared in the American magazine Theatre Arts where, in its August 1952 issue, she was featured in an article with a full page photograph under the title: 'The Biggest Star in the World – and she's not in Beverly Hills'. The article described Madhubala's immense popularity in India, and explored her wide appeal and large fan base. It also speculated on her potential for international success.[8] Academy Award winner American director Frank Capra, while visiting Bombay for International Film Festival of India, was keen to give her a break in Hollywood, but her father Ataullah Khan declined this offer.[16]

1949–57: Career setbacks[edit]

Madhubala in Mahal (1949)

Bombay Talkies's Mahal (1949) transformed Madhubala to an overnight superstar. Though it was a role intended for well-known star Suraiya, eventually went to Madhubala after being screen-tested among many leading ladies of that time. She was selected by the film's director Kamal Amrohi, who was also making his directorial debut with this film. This film also established Lata Mangeshkar as a leading playback singer. Its songs, particularly 'Aayega Aanewala', are perennial favourites. The film was India's first reincarnation thriller film. It became one of the biggest box office hits of the year in India and paved way for Indian gothic fiction.

Madhubala in Dulari (1949)

After Mahal, Dulari was released in the same year and had Madhubala with Geeta Bali, Shyam, Jayant and Suresh. The film has the hit song 'Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki' sung by Mohammed Rafi and featuring Suresh.[17]Dulari was the year's eighth-highest-grossing film and was remade in Telugu as Sobha (1958).

Madhubala's co-stars Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Rehman, Pradeep Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Dev Anand were the most popular actors of that period. She also appeared with notable leading ladies such as Kamini Kaushal, Suraiya, Geeta Bali, Nalini Jaywant, Shyama and Nimmi. The directors she worked with, Mehboob Khan (Amar), Guru Dutt (Mr. & Mrs. '55), Kamal Amrohi (Mahal) and K. Asif (Mughal-e-Azam), were amongst the most prolific and respected. Madhubala also became a producer and produced films like Naata (1955) and Mahlon Ke Khwab (1960) and acted in both the films.[18]

Portrait of Madhubala in 1949

During the 1950s, Madhubala took starring roles in almost every genre of film being made at that time. Her 1950 film Hanste Aansoo was the first ever Hindi film to get an 'A' – adults only – rating from the Central Board of Film Certification.

  • 1951: Badal starred Madhubala and Premnath in lead roles. The film has the hit song 'Do Din Ke Liye' sung by Lata Mangeshkar. She was the archetypal fair lady in the swashbuckler Badal, and following this, an uninhibited village beauty in Tarana (1951). Tarana was the first film that started Dilip Kumar and Madhubala together. The duet 'Seene Mein Sulagte Hain Armaan' became popular and was sung by Talat Mehmood and Lata Mangeshkar for Dilip Kumar and Madhubala respectively.
  • 1952: Madhubala played the traditional ideal of Indian womanhood in Sangdil (1952). The film stars Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in lead roles and was an adaption of the classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It became the seventh highest-grossing film of that year.[19]
  • 1953: Rail Ka Dibba had Shammi Kapoor and Madhubala in lead roles. The film failed at the box office. Armaan starring Dev Anand and Madhubala in lead roles also stars Shakila and K.N. Singh.
  • 1954: Bahut Din Huwe was directed by S.S. Vasan and was produced by Gemini Studios. The film stars Madhubala, Savitri and Lalita Pawar. All the songs of the film were sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The shooting of the film took place in Madras. During the shooting of this film, it was discovered that Madhubala was suffering from a congenital heart defect.[20]Amar was directed and produced by Mehboob Khan and starred Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Nimmi and Jayant. The film is a psychological drama, exploring a violent act between the main characters and the crisis of conscience that rocks them. It is the story of a prosperous lawyer Amar (Dilip Kumar), who is in love and engaged to a young woman Anju (Madhubala) but rapes a poor local village woman, Sonia (Nimmi). The rest of the story deals with the aftermath of this tragic event, will all the inevitable undercurrents of guilt, penitence and pervasive heart break that stems from it.Amar failed to perform well at box office.
  • 1955: Madhubala gave a flamboyant performance in Guru Dutt's satire Mr. & Mrs. '55. The film revolves around Anita, a wealthy heiress, and a struggling cartoonist, Pritam (Guru Dutt). Mr. & Mrs. '55 has hit songs, 'Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Jee' (a duet sung by Geeta Dutt and Mohammed Rafi) and 'Thandi Hawa Kali Ghata' (sung by Geeta Dutt). Mr. & Mrs. 55 was the fifth highest-grossing film of that year.
  • 1956: Madhubala also acted in costume dramas such as Shirin-Farhad (1956), Raj-Hath (1956) (both with Pradeep Kumar).[21]Dhake Ki Malmal was a romantic musical comedy directed by J.K. Nanda and produced under the Nanda Film banners. The film starred Madhubala and Kishore Kumar together for the first time. Both of them later acted in several popular 'musical comedies' such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Jhumroo (1961) and Half Ticket (1962).

1958–60: Breakthrough years[edit]

Madhubala in Kala Pani (1958)
  • 1958: In Kala Pani, Madhubala starred opposite Dev Anand. The film was produced by Dev Anand for Navketan Films and was directed by Raj Khosla. The film was the remake of the 1955 Bengali film Sabar Uparey and which itself was based on A.J. Cronin's 1953 novel Beyond This Place. The film has the hit song 'Achchha Jee Main Hari' sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle. In the film,

Howrah Bridge, she starred with her future brother-in-law Ashok Kumar and played an Anglo-IndianCabaret singer involved in Calcutta's Chinatown underworld. In the song 'Aaiye Meherebaan' from this film, she lip-synced a torch song dubbed by Asha Bhosle which has remained popular to this day. Howrah Bridge performed above average at box office. Its name is a reference to Howrah Bridge, which connects Howrah to Kolkata over the Hooghly River. It features the well known Hindi song Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu sung by Geeta Dutt which was re-used in the film Salaam Bombay! . Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi features Madhubala and her future husband Kishore Kumar in lead roles and Kumar's two brothers Anoop Kumar and Ashok Kumar. It was the second highest grossing film of the year. The film has hit songs such as 'Babu Samjho Ishaare', 'Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si', 'Haal Kaisa Hai Janab Ka' and 'Main Sitaaron Ka Taraana'. The film Phagun was directed by Bibhuti Mitra and was the sixth-highest-grossing film of that year. The film stars Madhubala and Bharat Bhushan in lead roles and has the song 'Ek Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya' sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle.

  • 1959: Insaan Jaag Utha was produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. The film stars Madhubala and Sunil Dutt in lead roles and has the noted duet 'Jaanu Jaanu Ri' by Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt. The film didn't performed well at box office. Do Ustad stars Raj Kapoor and Madhubala in lead roles. The film also stars Raj Kapoor's eldest son Randhir Kapoor who was very young at that time.
  • 1960: Barsaat Ki Raat stars Bharat Bhushan and Madhubala and became particularly popular for its qawwali songs and was one of the biggest hits at the box office of 1960. Barsaat ki Raat was one of the highest-grossing Indian films of that year.

The same year, in 1960, she appeared in the magnum opus of K. AsifMughal-e-Azam. Mughal-e-Azam was the last film that stars both Dilip Kumar and Madhubala together, and among the last films of Madhubala. The film has the hit song'Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya'. It became one of the best songs of Lata Mangeshkar. Madhubala performs a dance as Anarkali in this song and in many lines, taunts the emperor, Akbar, by repeatedly declaring her refusal to hide her true feelings even in the face of likely death.


It was the film Mughal-e-Azam that marked what many consider to be Madhubala's greatest and definitive characterization, as the doomed courtesan Anarkali. Although the film took nine years to complete, it was not until 1953 that Madhubala was finally chosen for the role. Bunny Reuben in his book Dilip Kumar: Star Legend of Indian Cinema claimed that Dilip Kumar's role was instrumental behind this selection.[22]Mughal-e-Azam gave Madhubala the opportunity of fulfilling herself totally as an actress, for it was a role that all actresses dreamt of playing, as Nimmi acknowledges that 'as an actress, one gets a lot of roles, there is no shortage of them, but there isn't always good scope for acting. With Mughal-e-Azam, Madhubala showed the world just what she could do.'[23]

However, by the late 1950s, her health was deteriorating rapidly, and director K. Asif, probably unaware of the extent of Madhubala's illness, required long shooting schedules that made physical demands on her, whether it was posing as a veiled statue in suffocating make-up for hours under the studio lights or being shackled with heavy chains. It was also a time when Madhubala's relationship with Dilip Kumar was fading out, and the lives of Madhubala and her screen character were consistently seen as overlapping because of the overwhelming sense of loss and tragedy and the unrelenting diktat of destiny that clung to both and which neither could escape'.[24]

Mughal-e-Azam was released on 5 August 1960, and broke box office records in India and became the highest-grossing film at that time, a record that went unbroken for 15 years until the release of the Sholay in 1975. Madhubhala was nominated for a Filmfare Award for her performance in Mughal-e-Azam.

1960-64: Later career[edit]

In 1960, Madhubala was at the peak of her career and popularity with the release of Mughal-e-Azam and Barsaat Ki Raat. She did have intermittent releases in the early 1960s. Some of these, such as Jhumroo (1961), Half Ticket (1962) and Sharabi (1964), performed above average at the box office.

  • 1961: Jhumroo is a romantic comedy film starring Madhubala and Kishore Kumar. The film is about Jhumroo, a tribal, who falls in love with Anjana, a wealthy woman whose father disapproves of the match. It turns out that Jhumroo's foster mother is Anjana's real mother, and her real father is her father's best friend.
  • 1962: Half Ticket is a musical comedy film again starring Madhubala and Kishore Kumar. The film is based on the Hollywood film You're Never Too Young. The film has hit songs such as 'Chand Raat Tum Jo Saath' and 'Aake Seedhi Lagi'. Vijay (Kishore Kumar) is the good-for-nothing son of a rich industrialist, who becomes bored of his father's constant railing and the efforts to marry him off. Vijay leaves for Bombay to start life afresh. However, he doesn't have enough money for a ticket, so he decides to pass himself off as a child in order to get the eponymous half ticket. Now disguised as Munna, Vijay is used as a mule for a diamond smuggler (Pran) without his knowledge. On the train, Vijay also meets Rajnidevi (Madhubala) and falls in love with her.
  • 1963: Suhana Geet, directed by Phani Majumdar featured Madhubala with her husband Kishore Kumar and brother-in-law Ashok Kumar. The film never saw the light of the day and remained incomplete.[25][26]

Most of her other films released during this time were marred by her absence due to illness during filming and subsequent lack of completion. These films suffer from compromised editing, and in some cases the use of 'doubles' in an attempt to patch-in scenes that Madhubala was unable to shoot.[27] Her last released film Jwala, although filmed in the late 1950s, was not released until 1971. It was released two years after her death.

Personal life[edit]


In his biography, The Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala, freelance journalist and author, Mohan Deep wrote:

She was a woman possessed. Haunted by her own insecurities until the very end. She loved men. And lost them. Latif, Mohan Sinha, Kamal Amrohi, Premnath, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Dilip Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, Kishore Kumar.

— Mohan Deep

When Madhubala was a child, she had a friend called Latif. Before leaving for Mumbai, Madhubala gave him a red rose and an indication for their love. After she left, he became depressed. He kept the rose with himself and later became an IAS officer. When Madhubala died, he placed that red rose on her grave. Now he is retired and keeps a red rose in her grave on 23 February every year.[28]

Kamal Amrohi[edit]

After Kamal Amrohi's directed film Mahal became a super hit, they both began a relationship. Her father Ataullah Khan was aware of their relationship but he was in awe with Amrohi's great personality and said: 'Aage chalke inn dono ki shaadi ho jaye toh mujhe koi aitraaz nahi hai'. (I have no objection if they both get married in future.) However, Amrohi was already married but still loved and wanted to marry Madhubala who refused to share with Amrohi's wife. Madhubala didn't want to share with Amrohi's second wife, Mehmoodi, and insisted that Amrohi divorce his wife. Amrohi was not willing to do so. He insisted that Madhubala must learn to share and said 'Baatne se pyaar badta hai'. (When you share your love, it expands its boundaries) But Madhubala didn't agree. It was also said that Madhubala put forward an outrageous deal where she offered to pay Amrohi, a sum amount of Rs. 9 lakh to marry. However, he refused and they both ended their relationship. Her sister, Madhur Bhushan, refuted all such rumours and said: 'Kamal Amrohi was a married man and given our economic conditions how could she, the sole earning member of our family, offer him Rs. 9 lakh'.

Dilip Kumar[edit]

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala met each other on the sets of Tarana which starred them in lead roles. Her father stood between her and Dilip Kumar as he was worried that if Madhubala would get married to Dilip Kumar, he would lose the financial cushion that Madhubala had offered to her entire family as she was the sole breadwinner. Ataullah Khan was against the relationship as Madhubala had just started her career and earning huge amount of money for her roles. It has been said that Dilip Kumar insisted that if they were to marry, Madhubala would have to severe all ties with her family. The authenticity of this statement is questionable. Ataullah Khan allowed his daughter to interact with Dilip Kumar only on the sets. Both Kumar and Madhubala had to keep extreme care to their rendezvous hidden from the watchful eyes of Ataullah Khan. Kumar had felt it like a huge imposition.

Commenting on her choice of films, Dilip Kumar regrets that 'had she lived, and had she selected her films with more care, she would have been far superior to her contemporaries...'[29] Kumar also points out that 'actresses those days faced a lot of difficulties and constraints in their career. Unable to assert themselves too much, they fell back on their families who became their caretakers and defined everything for them.'[30]

Marriage to Kishore Kumar (1960)[edit]

Madhubala met Kishore Kumar during the shooting of Dhake Ki Malmal (1956). In 1960, Madhubala married him when she was 27 years old. When Madhubala was ill in the late 1950s with the congenital heart disease, Kishore Kumar proposed to her and she decided to marry him after realizing that Dilip Kumar was not going to marry her. Kishore Kumar's family never accepted her in their family because Kishore Kumar married Madhubala as per his own wish. The couple had a Hindu ceremony to please Kumar's family but Madhubala was never truly accepted as his wife. Reportedly, Kishore Kumar converted himself into Islam and changed his legal name to 'Karim Abdul' to marry her.[31] However, in an interview given to Filmfare, he said that neither he nor Madhubala ever changed their religion to marry each other. They went to London soon after their marriage for their honeymoon where the doctor told her that she had only two years to live. According to Madhubala's sister, Madhur Bhushan, after returning India, Kishore Kumar bought a flat for Madhubala at Quarter Deck, Carter's Road, Bandra, where they stayed for a while and then, he left her there with a nurse and a driver.[32] He would visit Madhubala once in two months and said he couldn't look after her. But he never abused her as was reported and bore her medical expenses. She added 'Often Kishore bhaiya's phone was disconnected. He'd visit her once in two to three months. He'd say, 'If I come, you'll cry and it'll not be good for your heart. You'll go into depression. You should rest'. She was young and jealousy was natural. Perhaps, a feeling of being abandoned killed her'. Their marriage lasted for nine years. After Madhubala died in 1969 at the age of 36, Kishore Kumar married actress Yogeeta Bali in 1975.[33]

Controversies on Madhubala's life[edit]

In their 1962 book Self-Portrait, Harish Booch and Karing Doyle commented that 'Unlike other stars, Madhubala prefers a veiled secrecy around her and is seldom seen in social gatherings or public functions.' (p. 76), and went on to say that 'Contrary to general belief, Madhubala is rather simple and unassuming' (p. 78).[14][34] This is echoed in her sister's interview with Filmfare: '(Madhubala) became a craze because she was never seen in public. She wasn't allowed to attend any function, any premiere. She had no friends. But she never resisted, she was obedient. Being protective, my father earned the reputation of being domineering'.[35] Dilip Kumar added: 'She was extremely popular... and I think the only star for whom people thronged outside the gates. Very often when shooting was over, there'd be a vast crowd standing at the gates just to have a look at Madhu... It wasn't so for anyone else. That was her personal effect on fans. Her personality was vivacious.'[36] But, 'She was aware of her beauty,' reminisces B. K. Karanjia, former Filmfare editor and a close friend of both Madhubala and her father, 'and because there were so many in love with her, she used to play one against the other. But it was out of innocence rather than shrewd calculation.'[37] Dev Anand recalled in a similar way: 'She liked to flirt innocently and was great fun.'[38][39] However, with Dilip Kumar she had a long association.

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala first met on the set of Jwar Bhata when she was 11 years of age, and worked together again on the film Har Singaar (1949), which was shelved. Their relationship began two years later during the filming of Tarana (1951). But she had to give the courtship with Dilip due to her father's opposition to him. They became a romantic pair appearing in a total of four films together. Actor Shammi Kapoor recalled that 'Dilip Kumar would drive down from Bombay to meet Madhubala... he even flew to Bombay to spend Eid with her, taking time off from his shooting stint...'[40][35] But, Madhubala's father Ataullah Khan initially did not give them permission to marry.[41] Dilip Kumar said: 'She was a very, very obedient daughter',[42] and who, in spite of the success, fame and wealth, submitted to the domination of her father and more often than not paid for his mistakes.[43] 'This inability to leave her family was her greatest drawback', believed Shammi Kapoor, 'for it had to be done at some time.'[44]

Kumar later revealed that her father eventually gave them permission to marry and was 'glad to have two stars under the same roof.' However, her father, who owned his own production company, wanted to make 'a business venture out of their proposed marriage' according to Kumar, which he did not approve of, after which the relationship began turning sour.[45] The Naya Daur court case happened in 1956 when Dilip Kumar testified against Madhubala and her father in favor of director B.R. Chopra in open court. This struck a fatal blow to the Dilip-Madhubala relationship as it ended any chance of reconciliation between Dilip Kumar and Madhubala's father.[46] Reflecting on this, while Dilip Kumar said he was 'trapped',[47] Shammi Kapoor felt 'this was something which went beyond him (Dilip) and he couldn't control the whole situation...'[48]

Madhubala married Kishore Kumar in 1960.[49] According to Leena Chandavarkar (Kishore's fourth wife): 'When she realized Dilip was not going to marry her, on the rebound and just to prove to him that she could get whomsoever she wanted, she went and married a man she did not even know properly.'[50] B. K. Karanjia assumed that 'Madhubala may have felt that perhaps this was her best chance' because by this time she became seriously ill, and was about to stop working completely; however, he added that 'it was a most unlikely union, and not a happy one either.'[51]

Madhubala's illness was known to Kishore, but like all the others, he did not realize its gravity; Ataullah Khan did not approve of his son-in-law at all, but he had lost the courage to disapprove.[52] Ashok Kumar reminisced in a Filmfare interview: 'She suffered a lot and her illness made her very bad-tempered. She often fought with Kishore, and would take off to her father's house where she spent most of her time.'[53]

However, Madhubala's love-life continued to be the subject of media speculation. Mohan Deep wrote an unofficial biography of Madhubala titled Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala, published in 1996, where he claims that Kishore Kumar regularly whipped Madhubala, who would show her lashes to Shakti Samanta. He also claimed that the versions about Madhubala's sickness and death provided by her family members did not match with those provided by Kishore Kumar's family members and the fact that Madhubala was forced to wear heavy shackles and whipped mercilessly in real life in the secret version of Mughal-e-Azam is proved by the fact that only a minor part of the total number of reels shot were released for public. However, the secret version of the film earned Kishore Kumar a lot of money that he earned forcing Madhubala to work as a sex slave in the secret version of the movie.[54] Mohan Deep also questions whether Madhubala was really ill or whether her ailing was a fiction.[55] The book was heavily criticized on its release by industry veterans such as Shammi Kapoor, Shakti Samanta and Paidi Jairaj.[37]

Final years and death[edit]

Madhubala had a ventricular septal defect (a hole in her heart) which was detected while she was shooting for Bahut Din Huwe in Madras in 1954.[56] This was in the era before open heart surgeries were possible. The natural history of an unrepaired ventricular septal defect leads to pulmonary hypertension and Eisenmenger's syndrome. At this stage the hole cannot be repaired. Hence, she could never undergo a heart surgery later in life, when open heart surgeries were possible in some Western countries like the United States. By 1960, her condition had become aggravated, and as her sister explains that due to her ailment, her body would produce extra blood, so it would spill out from her nose and mouth. The doctor would come home and extract bottles of blood. As a result of the ventricular septal defect, blood would bypass her lungs leading to low oxygen levels and giving her a blue discoloration. As a compensatory mechanism, the body produced more red blood cells making the blood too thick. Hence, the doctors had to extract the excess blood to prevent complications. She was confined to bed for nine years and was reduced to just bones and skin. Unfortunately, there was no surgery or medicine available at that time to treat her.

In 1966, with a slight improvement in her health, she made a valiant attempt to complete her work in Chalak opposite Raj Kapoor, which needed only a short spell of shooting, but she could not even survive that strain.[57] When acting was no longer an option, Madhubala turned her attention to film direction. In 1969, she was set to make her directorial debut with the film Farz aur Ishq. However, the film was never made, as during pre-production, she died on 23 February 1969, shortly after her 36th birthday. The cause of death was determined to be the prolonged lung and heart illness.[58][59] Madhubala's funeral was not attended by Dilip Kumar and it is not known if he was invited. Madhubala was buried at Juhu Muslim Cemetery in Santacruz, Mumbai. Her tomb was built with marbles and inscriptions include aayats from Qur'an and verse dedications. In 2010, Madhubala's tomb along with those of Mohammed Rafi, Parveen Babi, Talat Mahmood, Naushad Ali and Sahir Ludhianvi, was demolished to make way for newer graves. Her remains were placed at an unknown location.[60][61]

Legacy and honours[edit]

Madhubala's strong presence in the public memory has been evidenced by all recent polls about top actresses or beauties of the Indian cinema.[62][63] Every year, numerous articles are printed and television programmes aired to commemorate her birthday. Her posters are still in demand and sold alongside contemporary actresses such as Meena Kumari, Nargis, Waheeda Rehman and Nutan. Modern magazines continue to publish stories on her personal life and career, often promoting her name heavily on the covers to attract sales. In's International Women's Day 2007 special, Madhubala was ranked second in its top ten list of 'Bollywood's best actresses'.[64] Many believe, however, that Madhubala remains one of the most underrated actresses as 'Her beauty attracted more attention than her talent.'[65]

In 2004, a digitally-colorized version of the original Mughal-e-Azam was released, 35 years after her death.

Madhubala on 2008 stamp of India

On 18 March 2008, a commemorative postage stamp featuring Madhubala was issued.[66][67] The stamp was produced by India Post in a limited edition presentation pack. It was launched by veteran actors Nimmi and Manoj Kumar in a ceremony attended by colleagues, friends and surviving members of Madhubala's family. The only other Indian film actress that was honoured in this manner was Nargis Dutt, at that point of time.[68]

In 2012, her 1962 release Half Ticket was also remastered, digitally coloured and re-released after 50 years of its original release.

On 10 August 2017, the New Delhi center of Madame Tussauds unveiled a statue of Madhubala inspired by her look in the film Mughal-E-Azam as a tribute to her.[69][70]

In 2018 the New York Times published a belated obituary for her.[71]

On 14 February 2019, search engine Google commemorated Madhubala with a Doodle on her 86th birth anniversary.[72][73][74][75] Google commented: 'While her breathtaking appearance earned comparisons to Venus, Madhubala was a gifted actor with an understated style well suited for comedies, dramas, and romantic roles alike. Appearing in over 70 films over the course of a tragically brief career, Madhubala—who would have turned 86 today—was called 'The Biggest Star in the World' in 1952 by Theatre Arts Magazine.'[76]

Fashion icon and diva[edit]

Madhubala was known as a trendsetter and creator of iconic fashion styles, followed by many celebrities, even after her death.[77]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Despite the fact that Madhubala was a very popular actress, she had never received any awards, unlike her contemporaries Meena Kumari, Nutan, Waheeda Rehman, Suraiya, Vyjanthimala and Nargis.

Madhubala was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 1961 for her performance in Mughal-e-Azam (1960). However, the award was won by Bina Rai for her performance in Ghunghat.[78]


Madhubala appeared in more than seventy films. In a career spanning 22 years, she also produced two films and sang some songs in her early films. Here is the complete list of films:

1942BasantManjuCredited as Baby Mumtaz

Sang a song

1944Mumtaz Mahal[citation needed]
1945Dhanna BhagatMunniChild artist
1946PujariChild artist also sang a song
PhoolwariChild artist
RajputaniChild artist
1947Neel KamalGangaDebut film as a heroine

Credited as Mumtaz

Chittor Vijay
Mere Bhagwan
Khoobsoorat Duniya
Dil Ki RaniRaj Kumari Singh
Saat Samundaron ki Mallika[citation needed]
1948Parai Aag
Lal Dupatta
Desh Sewa
Amar Prem
Neki Aur Badi
AparadhiSheela Rani
Hanste AansooFirst Indian film to get an 'A' certificate
1953Rail Ka DibbaChanda
1954Bahut Din HuweChandrakanta
NaataTaraFirst film as a producer
Mr. & Mrs. '55Anita Verma
1956Shirin FarhadShirin
Raj HathRaja Beti/Rajkumari
Dhake Ki Malmal
1957Yahudi Ki Ladki
Gateway of IndiaAnju
Ek SaalUsha Sinha
Kala PaniAsha
Howrah BridgeEdna
Chalti Ka Naam GaadiRenu
Baghi Sipahi
1959Kal Hamara HaiMadhu/Bela
Insaan Jaag UthaGauri
Do UstadMadhu Sharma
1960Mehlon Ke KhwabAshaAlso the producer of the film
Jaali NoteRenu/Beena
Barsaat Ki RaatShabnam
Mughal-e-AzamAnarkali (Nadira)Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1961PassportRita Bhagwandas
Boy FriendSangeeta
1962Half TicketRajnidevi/Asha
1963Suhana Geet[26]Incomplete film
1971JwalaJwalaReleased posthumously
Only colour film

In film[edit]

In July 2018, Madhubala's sister, Madhur Bhushan, announced that she was planning to make a biopic on her sister. She will not be directing the film but has urged other filmmakers not to plan any biopics on the same subject. Actress Janhavi Kapoor has expressed her wish to play Madhubala. However as of now, the project remains at the initial stages.[79][80][81][82]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Akbar, Khatija (1997). Madhubala: her life, her films. UBS Publishers Distributors. ISBN978-81-7476-153-8.
  • Akbar, M. J. Sunday Magazine, 5 August 1996
  • Bajaj, Rajiv K. (ed.). The Daily, 26 May 1996
  • Bhattacharya, Rinki. Bimal Roy: A man of silence, South Asia Books
  • Cort, David. Theatre Arts magazine, Issue Date: August 1952; Vol. XXXVI No. 8
  • Deep, Mohan. Madhubala: The Mystery and Mystique, Magna Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Joshi, Meera. Madhubala: Tears in HeavenFilmfare, 14 May 2008
  • Kamath M.V. The Daily, June 1996
  • Karanjia, B.K. Dates with Diva, Deccan Chronicle, 17 December 2006
  • Khan, Aisha. 'Madhubala, 1933-1969,'New York Times, 8 March 2018.
  • Raheja, Dinesh. The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema, India Book House Publishers
  • Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul. The Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
  • Reuben, Bunny. Follywood Flashback, Indus publishers
  • Sawhney, Clifford. Debonair', June 1996
  • Singh, Khushwant. Sunday Observer 23–29 June 1996

External links[edit]

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Madhubala — Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Written by
  • Saurabh Tewari
  • Abhishek Kumar
  • Nishikant Roy
  • Janaki V
  • Sharad Tripathi
  • Gautam Hegde
Directed byRavindra Gautam
Amit D Malik
bhagwan yadav
Devashish Dhar
Creative director(s)Yoma Shreshth
StarringVivian Dsena
Drashti Dhami
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes648[1]
Producer(s)Saurabh Tewari
Abhinav Shukla
CinematographyGanesh Sankla
Editor(s)Rochak Ahuja
Production company(s)Nautanki Films
Original networkColors TV
Picture format
Original release28 May 2012[1]
9 August 2014[2]
External links
Official website

Madhubala — Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (Translation: Madhubala — A love, a passion) is an Indian television series that premiered on 28 May 2012[1] and ran through until 9 August 2014,[3] Produced to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, it aired on Colors TV Monday to Friday (later Saturday) evenings.[4]

  • 1Plot
  • 2Cast


It revolves around a middle class girl, Madhubala Malik(Drashti Dhami), born on a film set and destined to become a heroine, working in a parlour and her family works as junior artists in film industry in Mumbai. One fateful encounter brings her standing against a Bollywood superstar Rishabh Kundra, popularly known as RK (Vivian Dsena). She fights a case of hit and run on behalf of her friend, Mukund Dixit (Manish Naggdev), against him and sends him to jail for four days. Madhubala gets engaged with Mukund after he proposes her. In order to teach her a lesson, RK humiliates Madhubala and her family publicly by insinuating that she is his girlfriend. RK humiliates Madhubala's mother’s relationship with Shamsher Malik (Bhupinder Singh), who is Madhu’s guardian but not her father saying that both Shamsher and Madhu’s mother are having a secret affair for last 20 years. Mukund breaks off their engagement thinking that she is having a clandestine affair with RK. Madhu goes to RK’s set and slaps him in front of all. To avenge his insult, RK puts forward an offer of forty lakh rupees for her father’s treatment, who was badly beaten up on RK’s set after he had showed up to kill RK after his[RK] public stunt, and marry him in return. Madhubala agrees and marries RK. RK is a rude and egotistical man who is hell bent on ruining Madhubala’s life. He tries to insult her in any way he can but on another hand is possessive of her. Things begin to get normal and Madhubala begins to fall for RK. RK’s sister-in-law, Deepali Bhatia (Seema Mishra), who was RK’s girlfriend but had married his step brother Sikander Bhatia (Sikandar Kharbanda) because Sikander was being launched in a big budgeted film and RK was a struggling actor at that time, is always flirting with RK and trying her best to win him back but RK has an insult for her antics each time and chides her for throwing herself upon him. Deepali wants Madhu to leave RK but her plan fails everytime. When Shamsher is discharged from hospital, he is determined to kill RK who had forcefully kept her daughter captive at his home. Unaware of the changed scenario, he shoots RK in Ganpati Utsav. It is Madhu who comes forward and saves RK by donating blood to him. She witnesses a big change in her feelings for RK and realises that she is in love with him. RK too develops a soft corner for Madhu and is no longer rude to her. Madhubala brings a lot of changes in RK’s life like she restores his faith in God and his relationship with his mother. She teaches him many other lessons of life and everyone is thankful to her for this. They confess their love to each other. RK helps Madhubala's mother, Padmini (Pallavi Purohit), and Shamsher in accepting feelings for each other and marrying and even helps her family when Madhu’s ruthless father, Balraj Chaudhary (Raj Zutshi), abducts all but Chaudhary is shot dead by Padmini herself.

RK asks Madhubala to leave her family and come away with him to lead a peaceful life because he needs a break and wants to spend his time with her. Madhubala, who is head over heels in love with him, blindly agrees. RK says that he wants to marry her properly before leaving so that they can take their relationship forward. During the wedding, RK suddenly stops and reveals his true intentions. He had never loved her and it was his plan to entangle her in his love and then destroy her life when he leaves him. Madhubala is devastated but decides to part her ways from him. Everyone, including RK’s assistant Bittu Sharma (Indresh Malik), are furious at him for deserting Madhubala and try to convince him to bring Madhubala back as he is nothing without her but he doesn’t budge on his decision.

Madhubala gets a job as hair stylist at RK’s film’s set. RK is once again rude to her and is adamant to make her leave. He tries to play hard but Madhubala has an answer for him every time. RK is seen regretting his decision to leave Madhubala when he suspects Madhubala getting ahead in her life with a mysterious man. He cannot stand the thought of Madhubala with someone else and realising his mistake, he decides to win her back. He abducts her and forcefully makes her live with him at his home. Initially, Madhubala doesn’t relent but later with the help of Sultan (Avinesh Rekhi), the mystery man who RK assumes Madhubala to be in relationship with, she decides to play along and this time it would be she who will leave RK in their wedding. She wants to teach RK a lesson and make him realise the pain of a broken heart. RK is unable to accept his feelings for Madhubala and wanting her plan to succeed, she leaves RK’s house saying that unless he confesses his love for her, she won’t come back. As per her expectations, RK confesses his love for her and proposes her in front of all. Madhubala agrees and the preparation for the grand wedding begin. Just a few days before wedding, Madhubala realises that she cannot execute her plan because she is still in love with RK and cannot leave him. Sultan wants Madhubala to back off because he thinks that RK will kill Madhubala when he learns of her evil plan. Madhubala has already changed her mind and this breaks Sultan’s heart because he too is in love with Madhubala. RK, although is heartbroken after he learns about Madhubala’s plan, and decides to leave all the bad memories behind and forgive Madhubala and then they officially marry each other.Sultan, who hates RK for taking away the woman he loved, wants a revenge. He discovers that he is RK’s step brother and uses this as a device to humiliate RK in public and referring him as a bastard because RK’s father, Mohan Kundra, had first married Sultan’s mother, Meera (Zarina Wahab). RK realises that Sultan is doing all this to win Madhu back and in a one-on-one fight, he accidentally kills him. RK is sent to jail and his trial begins. Madhubala finds out that Sultan is alive and it was a plan of his to send RK to jail and take her away with him. Sultan realises that RK wouldn’t so easily let Madhubala go so he mentally tortures Madhubala to get a divorce from RK and come to him. He threatens her with RK’s death. Madhu, who is scared for RK’s life, decides to divorce RK. RK is enraged and refuses to give divorce. Later, RK connects all dots and learns that it is Sultan who is behind all this drama and forcing Madhubala to divorce him. With the help of police, RK eventually kills Sultan and saves Madhubala.

Due to his inability to shoot for movies due to personal problems and also because of slapping a producer, Amar Bahl, RK gets banned from Bollywood and he decides to produce his own film. A veteran director Mehul Chopra (Shishir Sharma) agrees to help him. Chopra chooses Madhubala as the heroine but RK refuses and so does Madhubala. RK is actually fascinated by the idea of Madhubala being his heroine. RK finds a heroine but is not satisfied with her. He vows to not to pressurise Madhubala to agree to sign the film. On the inauguration day, heroine is rendered unable to attend the inaugural conference by Amar Bahl and RK's step father Kulbhushan Bhatia/Kuku Bhatia (Raza Murad) who hates RK and being the president of Production Association of India had banned RK from the film industry. RK, thinking that his career is over, is about to commit suicide when Bittu calls and informs him that Madhubala has indeed stepped in as the heroine. RK is super excited and together they appear as leading actors of his film in front of the media. This marks Madhubala’s entry in the film industry, holding her husband’s hand and as per her destiny. RK confesses in front of all that he loves his wife and thanks her for becoming his heroine. RK’s aunt, Paabo (Navneet Nishan/Seema Kapoor), is told by a saint that Madhubala is not the right girl for RK. Just like all men who had come in her life like her father Balraj Chaudhary, Shamsher Malik, Sultan and Mukund, RK, too, is destined to be destroyed like them due to Madhubala’s calamitous fate. Madhubala is brainwashed by Paabo and made to perform some perilous religious tasks but later Madhubala finds out that it was all Paabo and Deepali’s plot to oust her from RK’s life. She busts her plans and refuses to leave RK. During the shooting, RK is injured and suffers from paralysis. Madhubala decides to take over and complete the movie. RK develops insecurity towards Madhubala due to her rising fame and being ignored by everyone because he is handicapped. During this, Madhubala gets pregnant but RK doesn’t want a baby when he himself is going through a lot of trouble. This breaks Madhubala’s heart and she is unhappy with his wishes. The movie “Ishq Ek Junoon” turns out to be a superhit, thus bringing RK out of his financial and career problems. Due to stress, Madhubala suffers a miscarriage and blames it on RK. On the other hand, RK cannot stand the thought of Madhubala becoming a superstar like him and tries his best to avert her mind from getting into the film industry. Later, everything, eventually, gets all right and Madhubala becomes a heroine like she was destined to be.

RK’s doppelgänger, Keval Ram Kushwaha, also known as KRK (Vivian Dsena), is introduced who is brought into RK and Madhubala’s life by Kulbhushan, to avenge all the insults RK had thrown at him. Kulbhushan wants KRK to steal away all RK’s money and render him bankrupt. KRK agrees to take RK’s place in need of money. He is a noble man and when he realises that he is keeping two lovers apart, he decides to leave RK’s life and returns back to his hometown with prize money from RK for speaking up the truth and showing decency. Kuku Bhatia is arrested and sent to jail.

Madhubala is pregnant once again and gives birth to a girl whom RK names Madhubala. He prophesies that their daughter will become a superstar like her parents.

After 20 years[edit]

RK and Madhubala’s daughter, Madhubala Kundra (Drashti Dhami), is shown to be a grown up girl who is the look alike her mother. She works for Abhay (Gunjan Utreja), the one who hated RK. Abhay makes Madhubala fall in love with him and on their wedding day, marries her off to a mentally challenged man. He reveals that he had done all this to avenge Harshvardhan’s death who had committed suicide after being incriminated for killing RK and Madhubala. The man married to Madhubala is revealed to be KRK’s son, Raj Kumar/Raju/Raja Kushwaha (Vivian Dsena), who is the look alike they are fathers RK and KRK Raja finally becomes a normal person but due to his lifestyle of a gangster, Madhubala starts hating him & starts treating him badly, insulting & accusing him, however Madhubala crosses her all limits when in order to insult him she raises question on his manhood in front of the family, an angry dejected drunk Raja got doped & instigated by his brother in law who tells him to punish Madhubala for unnecessarily raising question on his manhood which leads to a raging Raja raping Madhubala and she files a case against him, however she withdraws her case after sometime. Later, Raja’s aunt, Baiji (Jaya Bhattacharya), dies and due to being in jail and unable to donate blood to save his aunt’s life, he begins thinking that Madhubala is responsible for her death. He starts hating her and starts torturing her. Later, it is revealed that this was all his brother-in-law’s plot to destroy the family and take over the property. Meanwhile Madhubala gets pregnant with Raja's child & later requests Raja to forgive her which Raja does and they marry once again. They begin living separately from his family and Raja opens a garage to start earning a living. One night, a producer recognises him as RK and proposes to do a film with him that he had wanted to do with RK and Madhubala. Madhubala reads her mother’s diary and learns that her mother’s last wish was to make a film on her and RK’s life. Madhubala convinces Raja to sign the film and together they start their film career.

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In the final episode, Raja(now nicknamed RK 2) and Madhubala appear as RK and Madhubala and give the first shot of their first film. Raja states that it is not the end but the beginning of a new life of RK and Madhubala, who were always destined to live together and be superstars together.




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  • Pallavi Purohit as Padmini Chaudhary/Padmini Malik, Madhu and Trishna's mother, Balraj's wife
  • Aarti Puri as Trishna Chaudhary, Madhu's sister
  • Shama Deshpande as Radha Kundra, RK and Sikander's mother, Mohan Kundra’s 2nd wife/widow, Kulbhushan's wife
  • Raza Murad as Kulbhushan Bhatia/Kuku, RK's step father, Sikander's father, Radha's 2nd husband
  • Sikandar Kharbanda as Sikander Bhatia, Kulbhushan and Radha's son, RK's step brother, Deepali's husband
  • Seema Mishra as Deepali Bhatia, Sikander's wife, RK's ex-love interest
  • Navneet Nishan/Seema Kapoor as Pabbo, RK's aunt
  • Avinesh Rekhi as Sultan Kundra, Mohan and Meera's son, RK's step brother
  • Siddharth Vasudev as Bhujang Shastri
  • Zarina Wahab as Meera Kundra, Mohan's 1st wife, RK's step mother, Sultan's mother
  • Kannan Arunachalam as Rashid, Mohan's Former driver, Sultan's adoptive father.
  • Raj Zutshi as Balraj Chaudhary, Madhu and Trishna's father, Padmini's husband
  • Shagufta Ali as Badi Chaudhrain
  • Lalit Parimoo as Guruji
  • Sushmita Mukherjee as Dai Maa
  • Indresh Malik as Bittu Sharma, RK's personal secretary
  • Rakhee Tandon as Roma Malik, Shamsher's sister
  • Bhupinder Singh as Shamsher Malik, Madhu's adoptive father and guardian
  • Prashant Chawla as Sunny Sharma
  • Swati Anand as Leelawati Bittu Sharma, Bittu's wife
  • Shweta Vyal/Tanvi Thakkar as Sweety Sharma
  • Vaishnavi Dhanraj as Riya
  • Manini Mishra as Ila
  • Usha Nadkarni as Mrs. Dixit, Mukund and Swati's mother
  • Manish Naggdev as Mukund Dixit, Madhu's ex-fiancè
  • Ahsaas Channa as Swati Dixit, Mukund's sister
  • Anita Hassanandani as Sanya
  • Vinay Apte as Shivdutt Marathe
  • Neelu Kohli as Mrs Kapoor/Bebee, Abhay's grandmother, Harshvardhan's mother
  • Arbaaz Ali Khan as Harshvardhan Kapoor, a director
  • Deepshikha Nagpal as Mohini Kapoor, Harshvardhan's wife
  • Puneet Sachdev as Nikhil Lamba
  • Kishwer Merchant as Ananya Nikhil Lamba
  • Gunjan Utreja as Abhay Kapoor, Mohini and Harshvardhan's son, Madhubala's ex-fiancè
  • Rajesh Balwani as Abhay's paternal uncle, Harshvardhan's brother
  • Utkarsha Naik as Dolly Kapoor, Abhay's paternal aunt
  • Fenil Umrigar as Aisha Kapoor, Abhay's wife
  • Ravi Khanvilkar as Jugnu Kushwaha, Raja's paternal uncle, KRK's brother
  • Shoaib Ibrahim as Abhimanyu Kushwaha,Raja's elder brother and KRK's elder son
  • Shraddha Jaiswal as Agni Kushwaha
  • Shalini Arora/Jaya Bhattacharya as Baiji Kushwaha, Jugnu's wife, Raja's paternal aunt
  • Sheetal Thakkar as Tara Pratap Singh
  • Jaswant Menaria as Bhanu Pratap Singh
  • Pooja Sahu as Faguni Kushwaha
  • Neha Pendse as Priya


It was dubbed into Telugu as Madhubala- O Prema O Paga telecasted on Gemini TV.

The theme song 'Hum Hai Deewane' and 'Ishq Tu Hi Hai Mera' was composed by Shalin Sharma, while 'Ishq Hai' was composed by Saurabh Kalsi. The songs were sung by Arijit Singh, Komal Rizvi and Saurabh Kalsi, the lyrics were done by Veebha Tiwari. Other type of musics and backgrounds were composed by Ashish Rego.

Track list
1.'Hum Hai Deewane Male'Arijit Singh02:20
2.'Ishq Tu Hi Hai Mera Male'03:44
3.'Ishq Hai Ishq Hai'Saurabh Kalsi01:46
4.'Ishq Tu Hi Hai Mera Female'Komal Rizvi02:13
5.'Hum Hai Deewane Sad Male'Arijit Singh01:37
6.'Hum Hai Deewane Sad Female'
7.'Hoslon se veer Hoon'Komal Rizvi01:00
8.'Hum Hai Deewane Female'Komal Rizvi02:22
Total length:17:32

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012People's Choice Awards India[5]Favourite New TV DramaMadhubala — Ek Ishq Ek JunoonWon
Indian Television Academy Awards[6]Gr8! Performer of the YearVivian DsenaWon
Indian Telly Awards[7]Actress in a Lead RoleDrashti DhamiNominated
Actor in a Lead RoleVivian Dsena
Actor in a Negative RoleRaj Zutshi
Actress in a Negative RoleSeema Mishra
Daily SerialMadhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Drama SeriesMadhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Best JodiVivian Dsena and Drashti DhamiWon
Actress in a Supporting RolePallavi Purohit
Show Packaging(Fiction)Madhubala — Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Zee Gold Awards[8]Best Actor(Jury)Vivian Dsena


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External links[edit]

  • Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon on IMDb
  • Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon on Voot
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