>Bollywood fillm Actress Madhubala Early career

5 Jun

>Mumtazs first movie Basant (1942) was a box-office success She played in it as the daughter of the popular actress Mumtaz Shanti. She went on to act in several movies as a child artist. Actress Devika Rani was impressed by her performances and potential and advised her to assume the name Madhubala meaning a woman of honey Madhubala soon garnered reputation as a reliable professional performer By the time she entered adolescence, she was being groomed for lead roles

Her first break came when producer Kidar Sharma cast her opposite Raj Kapoor in Neel Kamal 1947 She was fourteen when she was given a lead role. The film was not a commercial success, but her performance was received well

During the next two years, she blossomed into a captivating beauty. After her lead role in Bombay Talkies production Mahal in 1949 Madhubala attained immense popularity. Though she was only 16 at the time her subtle and skilful performance upstaged her seasoned co-star Ashok Kumar. The movie and the song Aayega Aanewala in it heralded the arrival of two new superstars Madhubala and playback singer Lata Mangeshkar

Madhubala was found to have a heart problem after she coughed up blood in 1950. She was discovered to have been born with a ventricular septal defect commonly known as a hole in the heart At the time heart surgery was not widely available

Madhubala hid her illness from the movie industry for many years, but one incident was widely reported by the media in 1954 She was filming in Madras for S.S. Vassans Bahut Din Huwe when she vomited blood on the set Vassan and his wife took care of her until she was well again. She continued to work and established herself as an A-grade star.

Madhubalas family was extremely protective of her because of her health problem. When filming at the studios, she would eat only home-prepared food and drink water only from a specific well in order to minimize risks of infection. But her condition took its toll and she died in 1969 at age 36. For most of the 1950s Madhubala performed successfully despite her illnesss


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