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

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Madhubala was one of the most beautiful actresses of yesteryears. Her beauty, charm and acting mesmerised the cinephiles. In a short span, she achieved a lot in her career. Though she added colours on-screen, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that her life was colourless. Life was really harsh on her and due to the lots of tragedies in her life, she was called ‘The Beauty with Tragedy’.

Yaser Khan shared what Madhubala’s sister, Madhur Bhushan spoke in detail about how her sister’s tragic life. Madhubala’s sister has narrated the entire tragic love life of the iconic actress. Madhubala first fell in love with Premnath and their relationship lasted for six months. Later it broke on grounds of religion as he asked her to convert and she refused. Her next relationship was with Dilip Kumar.

“She met Bhaijan (Dilip Kumar) on the sets of Tarana. They later worked in Sangdil, Amar and Mughal-e-Azam. It was a nine year long affair. They even got engaged. Unki apa aayee thi, chunni lekar (his sister had come with a chunni as is the custom). Bhaijan was also a Pathan,” narrated her sister.

Her sister also said that their father never stopped Madhubala from getting married. Describing Dilip Kumar, she said, “He was respectful towards us children and addressed us with ‘aap’. The two would go for a drive or sit in the room and talk. The breakup with Dilip Kumar happened due to the court case during ‘Naya Daur’ in the mid-’50s. The unit was to shoot somewhere in Gwalior. During the shooting of another film ‘Jabeen Jaleel’, at the same location, a mob had attacked the women and even torn their clothes off. My father was wary and just asked that the locale be changed. It’s not that he didn’t let her go outdoors. Apa had shot in Mahableshwar, Hyderabad and other places before. Bhaijan called my father ‘a dictator’ in court and sided with the Chopras (late BR Chopra was the director). Darare padh gayee, rishtey toot gaye (relationships were broken).”

Madhubala used to cry a lot after the break-up. Dilip Kumar asked her to leave her father and marry him and she would say, “I’ll marry you but just come home, say sorry and hug him'”. Her sister said that it was their ego that destroyed their love.

But her father never asked her to break the engagement or ever demanded an apology from him.

“On the rebound Apa got involved with Kishore Kumar who was going through a divorce with Ruma Devi Guha Thakurta (actor-singer). Their love affair went on for three years through ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gadi’ and ‘Half Ticket’. They got married in 1960 when she was 27. After marriage, they flew to London where the doctor told her she had only two years to live. After that Kishore left her at our house saying, ‘I can’t look after her. I’m on outdoors often’. But she wanted to be with him. He’d visit her once in two months though. Maybe he wanted to detach himself from her so that the final separation wouldn’t hurt.” said her sister.

Contrary to the reports, he never abused her and bore all her medical expenses. Madhubala was in bed for nine years and she became weak. She always used to cry and say, ‘Mujhe zinda rehna hai, mujhe marna nahin hai, doctor kab ilaaj nikalenge.”

She passed away on February 23, 1969, at the age of 36. “Though Bhaijan (Dilip Kumar) never visited her when she was unwell, he flew down from Madras to pay his last respects at the kabrastan (cemetery). Food was sent from his home to ours for three days (as is the custom)”, said her sister.

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