Wet, wild and on the run, honey
Arguably the best looking woman in Bollywood history, Madhubala scorched the screen in a tragically short life, giving us much to remember her by, wistfully. The gorgeous actress was a Nargis-contemporary (and close personal friend), but did entirely her own, very different thing. Spirited, energetic and a classical beauty, Madhubala became bigger than heroes of the era.
After a breakthrough role opposite Raj Kapoor in Neel Kamal in 1947, Madhubala turned hauntingly ethereal opposite Ashok Kumar in Mahal. She went on to star with all the other top leading men -- Rehman, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand -- and managing, effortlessly, to emerge as the talking point from the films, be it the breezy Mr & Mrs 55 or the epic Mughal-E-Azam.
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Her name was enough to light up a theatre-owner's proud marquee, and her smile made her Kishore Kumar's magnificent muse -- starring opposite him in extremely memorable films, like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Jhumroo.
With eyes to stop a clock -- Indian magazines referred fawningly to her as 'Venus of the screen' -- and a natural ability to flit from heartbreakingly romantic to hilarious in an instant, Madhubala is the definitive screen goddess, compared often to the great Greta Garbo.
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