Kishore Kumar didn’t change his religion to marry Madhubala, reveals her sister Madhur Bhushan

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Yesteryear actress, the late Madhubala, was considered the epitome of beauty in India. Known famously for her role of Anarkali in Mughal-E-Azam, the actress led a personal life that was always in the news and in 1969, she passed away at quite a young age of 36. Madhubala got married to the legendary singer Kishore Kumar in 1960, just a few years before her demise. While at that time reports suggested that the singer had changed her religion to marry the actress, recently her sister Madhur Bhushan opened up about the same.

Claiming all those rumours about conversion as false, Madhur told ETimes, “A lot of people say that Kishore Kumar had converted to Islam to marry Madhu apa, but that’s not true. He was a Hindu and he passed away a Hindu. None of the husbands who married into our family changed their religion.” While Madhur is married to a Hindu Punjabi, her sister Chanchal also married a Punjabi and two of their sisters Altaf and Kaneez married Parsis.

As for Madhubala, she was in a highly publicised relationship with her Mughal-E-Azam co-actor Dilip Kumar from 1951 to 1957. The couple even got engaged but due to some personal differences, they never took the plunge.

After that, Madhubala was proposed by multiple people from the industry, including Kishore Kumar, and it was on the sets of Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi that their friendship rekindled. Following a two-year-long courtship, the couple eventually tied the knot on October 16, 1960 in a court ceremony.

However, soon after the wedding, the couple went to London for her heart treatment where she was given a life expectancy of two years. After returning to Mumbai, her health started deteriorating. She spent her final years bedridden and after suffering a heart attack in the midnight of February 22, 1969, she passed away the following day.

Madhubala began her career as a child actor in 1942 with Basant and went on to do some great work in films like Mughal-e-Azam, Naqab, Mr. & Mrs. ’55, Shirin Farhad, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Half Ticket, Phagun, Howrah Bridge, Kala Pani, Gateway To India and Barsaat Ki Raat.

Also Read: The untold story of Madhubala’s tragic life and failed relationship with Dilip Kumar