Madhubala, who is known as one of the most iconic female celebrities in Hindi cinema, is the latest to join the ranks of Bollywood celebrities, who will have their wax figures at Madame Tussauds, which is scheduled to open later this year in Delhi’s iconic Regal Building.
The yesteryear actress’s wax figure will be styled based on her character of the doomed courtesan, Anarkali from the magnum opus, Mughal-E- Azam. The role of Anarkali is said to be the greatest one that Madhubala has ever played, at a time when her health was deteriorating rapidly.
Speaking on the development, Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director Merlin Entertainments India Pvt Ltd, said, "We are glad to have the figure of Madhubala at Madame Tussauds Delhi. She continues to rule the hearts of billions of fans in the nation and we are sure that her magnetic beauty will attract her fans to click a selfie and relive a special moment with her and be transported back to the golden era of cinema.”
Madhubala was regarded to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have worked in the Indian film industry. In fact, her beauty was recognized globally when she was featured in one of the popular American Magazines, Theatre Arts in 1952.
Besides Mughal-E- Azam, the actress received wide recognition for her performances in some of the classic films of Hindi cinema including ‘Howrah Bridge’ opposite Ashok Kumar, ‘Kala Pani’ opposite Dev Anand, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ opposite Kishore Kumar and ‘Mr. & Mrs. '55’ opposite Guru Dutt. Her last film Jwala, although shot in the 1950s, was released in 1971 post her death.
Madhubala passed away at the age of 36 on 23 February 1969 after a prolonged illness. She had a hole in her heart, which was detected while she was shooting for ‘Bahut Din Huwe’ in Madras in 1954. The actress was confined to bed for nine long years and was reduced to just skin and bones.
To honour her, a commemorative postage stamp featuring Madhubala was issued by the Indian Post in 2008.
Other Bollywood stars who will have their wax figures at the iconic site include Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan along with singers Shreya Ghoshal and Asha Bhonsle.
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