Madhubala (14 February 1933 – 23 February 1969) (real name Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi) was one of the greatest actress who appeared in classic films of Hindi Cinema. She was active between 1942 and 1960. Along with her contemporaries Nargis and Meena Kumari, she is regarded as one of the most influential personalities of Hindi movies. She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have worked in the industry.
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). Madhubala’s performance in Mughal-E-Azam established her as an iconic actress of Hindi Cinema. Her last film, Jwala, although shot in the 1950s, was released in 1971.
These personal and rare photographs were taken by James Burke for Life Magazine. The Life archive hosted by Google wrongly documented the date of these photographs as 1941, but probably these photos were taken in 1951.
Courtesy: Life Archive hosted by Google & www.oldindianphotos.in