New Delhi, Aug 11: Madhubala, the Timeless Beauty of Bollywood, today became a member of the esteemed Madame Tussauds family, sharing space with biggies like Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar.
Born as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi on February 14, 1933 in Delhi, the Venus of Hindi Cinema lived a short life of 36 years.
However, she managed to create a niche for herself in Bollywood, as well as Hollywood.
She became the first Indian woman to get attention in Hollywood.
In the early 1950s, as Madhubala became one of the most sought-after actresses in India, 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 sister Zahida alias Madhur Brij Bhushan, who was present during the unveiling of the wax statue, said she was ‘blessed’ to have a sister like Madhubala, whom she fondly called ‘Apa’.
‘She was so vivacious, bubbly and always full of life.
Apa was very affectionate and loving.
Being the youngest in the family, I got to spend maximum time with her among my brothers and sisters.
She was a legend, in true sense of the word.
‘Doctors told her, when she was just 27, that she had only two years to live.
It broke her heart, but she had a strong will to fight and managed to complete 36 years of her life.
I saw her, both during happy times, as well as in turmoil.She truly was a diva.
‘The craze around her continues, even after so many years.
Says a lot about her,’ Ms Bhushan added.Preta from Madame Tussauds said it took them six months to complete the statue.
‘We faced challenges, since the measurements needed Madhubala in person, but we managed with the feedback received from the family and the photographs,’ she said.