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Madhubala Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : February 14, 2023

Short Biography

Madhubala was born on 14 February 1933, Delhi, British India. She was an Indian Film Actress who was known for her work in Hindi and Malayalam Cinema. Her birth name is Begum Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi. She was given a nickname Venus Queen.

Other Name: Majhlee Aapa, Madhu, Baby Mumtaz, Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi, The Beauty with Tragedy, The Venus Queen of Indian Cinema, Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, Venus Queen, Anarkali of Hindi Cinema
Other Professions: Film Producer
Appearance: Bollywood Malayalam

Madhubala Complete Bio & Career

Madhubala was arguably the most prepossessing actress to ever grace the Silver Screen; Madhubala rose from undistinguished background to become the most enthralling star Hindi cinema has ever produced. Madhubala entered the cinematic world at the tender age of eight. She did child artist roles for five years before getting her first break in a lead role at the age of 14 in Kidar Sharma’s film Neel Kamal in 1947, she played a romantic lead against the budding star, Raj Kapoor. Through this film, Madhubala announced her arrived on the silver screen. Over the next couple of years she had evolved into a truly ecstatic beauty and with the movie Mahal in 1949, she literally became an overnight superstar.
During the 1950s, she was marked by spots of true prowess - movies like Tarana, Mr. & Mrs. '55 and of course the biggest hit of her career Mughal-E-Azam showcased her outstanding talents as a serious artiste across different genres and exhibited what this exquisite beauty was truly gifted of. However many in that believed that her beauty sometimes overshadowed her acting skills. Her beauty also interested various Hollywood filmmakers and she became one the first Indian actress to be featured in Hollywood famous magazine Theatre Arts. A full article in the magazine was dedicated to her with the title "The Biggest Star in the World - and she's not in Beverly Hills" in the year 1952. She even received Hollywood offers from renowned American director named Frank Capra. Her father who looked after her work denied the offer.
She appeared alongside all the veterans of the Bollywood then. In some movies, she even overshadowed her male co-actors, she was so popular then. In all, she appeared in over 70 films and became a name which will never be forgotten.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Madhubala died on 23-02-1969 in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India at the age of 36. Unfortunately, she was tormented by tenacious heart disease that limited her to a bed for almost nine agonizing years, and finally consumed her life on 23rd February 1969, just nine days after she turned 36. In this brief life, she had acted in over 70 movies, and to this day remains one of the most sought after legends of Indian cinema.

DEATHDAY 23 February,1969 (Sunday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Madhubala Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born to Attaullah Khan & Begum Ayeesha. She had ten siblings including actress Chanchal & playback singer Madhur Bhushan. She was proposed for marriage by Pradeep Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, and Kishore Kumar. She finally married the Kishore Kumar in the year 1960, who converted to Islam just to marry her. After the nine years of marriage, she died in 1969.

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Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Delhi
Nationality Indian
Religion Islam
Address Carter's Road, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Travelling, Driving
Marital Status Married
Debut Bollywood Film (as a child artist) - Basant (1942)
Bollywood Film (as an adult) - Neel Kamal (1947)
Bollywood Film (as a Producer) - Naata (1955)
Best Movies Mahal (1949), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955), Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) and Neel Kamal (1947) among many others
Best Friends Dilip Kumar, Kishore Kumar
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A
Active Year 1942 to 1971
Last Film Jwala (1971)
Reason of Death Hole in Heart (a disease called, Ventricular Septal Defect)


Favorite Color Red, Black
Favorite Sport Badminton
Favorite Politician Jawaharlal Nehru
Favorite Actress Devika Rani
Favorite Actor Dilip Kumar , Guru Dutt
Favorite Singer Kishore Kumar , Lata Mangeshkar
Favorite Dress Saree, Paint Shirt
Favorite Food Chicken Biryani

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Madhubala

  • Her pairing with legendary actor Dilip Kumar was very famous during the decade of the 1950s.
  • She sent a love letter in Urdu along with a rose to Dilip Kumar on the sets of film Tarana in the year 1951.
  • Since her father had objection in her doing intimate scene, director K. Asif sent her assistant to take her father out and play rummy with him and keep losing until the scenes are shot.
  • Her 1950 film Hanste Aansoo was the first ever Hindi film to get an "A" meaning adults only rating from the Central Board of Film Certification.
  • The digitally colourized version of her top famous film Mughal-e-Azam was released after 35 years of her death.
  • On 10-08-2017, a statue of Anarkali (Madhubala's famous courtesan) was established in Madame Tussauds, a Wax Museum.
  • In 2018, a belated obituary was published for her by the New York Times.
  • On her 86th birthday i.e. 14-02-2019, Google honoured her with a doodle.

Madhubala Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Madhubala was 36 years 0 month & 9 days old age.