|14.02.1933 - 23.02.1969|
Madhubala. That one word is enough to evoke a memory of a dazzling smile, a trademark giggle, and an on-screen charisma that remains hard to beat. Catapulted to fame in Kamal Amrohi's Mahal when she was barely 16, a slew of unremarkable films before maturing into a fine actress. Her career, cruelly cut short by her untimely death, was however, marked by variations of the usual Hindi film heroine. Her obvious beauty blinded people to her talent, and her ill-health didn’t allow her much of a chance to explore roles that might have rewarded her latent talent.