Look at the irony, the lady who celebrated her birthday on Valentine’s Day never had a great love life. We are talking about none other than Madhubala. When we say Madhubala, the first thing that comes to our mind is the song Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from Mughal-E-Azam. Her performances in movies like Neel Kamal, Mahal, Tarana, Howrah Bridge, Mughal-e-Azam, etc. made her one of the best actresses Bollywood has ever seen. It was said that she was so beautiful that any man would go weak in his knees. But apart from her beauty and performances, there was one more thing the late actress was known for and that was her failed love life.
Madhubala was known as The Beauty with Tragedy and that was a perfect title for her. While there were a lot of rumours about her love life, two men with whom she had strong bond were Dilip Kumar and Kishore Kumar. Dilip Kumar and Madhubala met on the sets of 1951 release Tarana and love blossomed between the two. After Tarana, both the actors starred in movies like Sangdil, Amar and Mughal-E-Azam. While their fans were waiting to see them tie the knot, the two parted ways while the shooting of Mughal-E-Azam was going on. It was said that Madhubala’s father was not happy with her relationship with Dilip Kumar and he was the reason behind their breakup. However, the actress’ sister, Madhur Brij Bhushan, in an interview with Filmfare had then stated that it was because of Dilip Kumar’s ego that their relationship ended.
She had quoted, “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. 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).”
“Apa used to cry a lot those days. They had conversations on the phone trying to patch up. He kept saying, 'Leave your father and I'll marry you'. She'd say, 'I'll marry you but just come home, say sorry and hug him'. It was zid (ego) which destroyed their love. But my father never asked her to break the engagement or ever demanded an apology from him," Madhur added.
The way Anarkali and Salim had a sad ending in Mughal-E-Azam, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala had a sad ending in real-life too. The movie released in 1960 and in the same year Madhubala got married to Kishore Kumar with whom she worked in movies like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Dhake Ki Malmal, Half Ticket, Mehlon Ke Khwab and Jhumroo. Soon after their wedding, they flew down to London where doctors told them that the actress has a hole in her heart and will only be living for two years. One expected that the beauty queen would spend those two years happily with her husband. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
In an interview with Rediff, Madhur revealed, "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. But he never abused her as was reported. He bore her medical expenses."
"Often Kishore Bhaiyya's phone was disconnected. He'd visit her once in two to three months. He'd say, 'If I come, you'll cry and it will not be good for your heart. You'll go into depression. You should rest'. She was young, jealousy was natural. Perhaps, a feeling of being abandoned killed her," she added.
Madhubala died at the age of 36 in the year 1969. On her birth anniversary apart from her performances, we remember her for the unfortunate life she had. Just to cherish her memories, we dedicate this to her... ‘Ek pardesee meraa dil le gaya, jaate jaate mithha mithha gham de gaya
. Kaun paradesi tera dil le gaya, moti moti aakhiyon mein aansu de gaya.”