Photographic Subject(s): Madhubala (born Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi) was an Indian film actress who appeared in several classic Hindi films from the 1940s to 1960. Along with her contemporaries Nargis and Meena Kumari, she is often regarded as one of the most influential personalities of Hindi cinema. She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have worked in the industry and has been bestowed epithets such as 'The Venus of Indian Cinema'. Often compared to Marilyn Monroe, Madhubala became one of the most sought-after actresses in India in the 1950s, even attracting interest from Hollywood: 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". Her international appeal and potential is also marked by the fact that she was photographed by Life photographer, James Burke. Immensely popular and successfull, Madhubala received wide recognition for her performances in films like Mahal (1949), Amar (1954), Mr. & Mrs. 55 (1955), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Barsaat Ki Raat (1960).
Department: Popular Art
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