Kudrat Ka Anokha Shakahar
By Mr. D.P.Bijoor & Mr. Milind Bijoor
The Almighty has created 2 of the most wonderful & cherished personalities on this Universe, one with that ultimate velvet touch of voice which automatically became the Shehenshah of Taranum and the other with that ultimate beauty who came to be known as the Mallika-e-Husna and above all both thy names starting with that magical alphabet M = Mohammed Rafi and Madhubala. Both these personalities contributed their individual credibility in the Hindi Film industry and by virtue became immortal legends.
Kudrat Ke Do Anokhe Shakahar aur do Anmol Ratn – Mohammed Rafi – Madhubala. “Zindagee bhar na bhulegi woh barsaat kee raat ek anjaan hasina se mulaqat kee raat”
“Ek awaz kee duniya ka Sartaz aur Shahenshah aur ek Purkosh Khubsoorthee kee Jeetee Jagati Misaal”.
Mumtaz Jahan Begum Dehlavi was born on 14th February 1933 in New Delhi. Young Mumtaz entered the movie industry at the age of nine. Mumtaz’s first movie “Basant” was released in the year 1942 which was a box-office success. She played the role as the daughter of the popular actress Mumtaz Shanti and thereafter she went on to act in several movies as a child artist. The leading actress Devika Rani was very much impressed by her performance and potential and advised her to assume the name of Madhubala.
Madhubala soon garnered reputation as a reliable professional performer. By the time she entered adolescence, she was being groomed for the lead roles.
Roshan has created that wonderful composition aur Rafi Sahab ne usme char chand laga diye “Phoolase galonpe rukane ko tarasta hai pani kabhi dekhee na sunee aisee tilismat kee raat Zindagi Bhar na bhulege woh barsaat kee raat”
Madhubala’s first break came when producer Kidar Sharma cast her opposite Raj Kapoor in Neel Kamal which was released in the year (1947). She was fourteen when she was given a lead role. The film was not a commercial success, but her performance was well appreciated.
During the next two years, she blossomed into a captivating beauty. After her lead role in Bombay Talkies production Mahal in the year 1949, Madhubala attained immense popularity. Though she was only 16 at the time, her subtle and skilful performance, upstaged her seasoned co-star Ashok Kumar. The movie and the song “Aayega Aanewala” in it heralded the arrival of two new superstars: Madhubala and playback singer Lata Mangeshkar
Madan Mohan kee jadowee saaz aur Rafi Sahab aur Lata Mangeshkar kee bemisaal peshkash “Dho ghadi woh jo paas aa baithe, hum jamane se dhoor ja baithe – haye kya cheej thee luta baithe”
Madhubala was found to have a heart problem since birth with a Ventricular Septal Defect known as hole in the heart & surgery was not widely available in those days. This however came to light while shooting in Madras for S S Vassans “Bahut Din Huwe” where it is reported she vomited blood on the sets.
As a star, Madhubala did ascend to the top of the industry. Her co-stars at the time were the most popular of the period like Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Rehman, Pradeep Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Dev Anand and also appeared alongside many notable leading ladies of those times. She also produced a film namely “Naata” in the year 1955 in which she acted.
O P Nayyar ke suronka saaj aur kamaal aur Rafi Sahab aur Asha Bhosale kee jadoowee peshkash “Eka pardesi mera dil le gaya jate jate mitha mitha dard de gaya kaun pardesi tera dil le gaya motee motee akhiyonme aansoo de gaya”
In 1966, with a slight improvement in her health, Madhubala tried working again opposite Raj Kapoor in the film Chalak. Film media heralded her “comeback” with much fanfare and publicity. Stills from this time showed a still beautiful but pale and wan-looking Madhubala. However, within a few days of filming, her frail health caused her to collapse and the film remained incomplete and unreleased.
When acting was clearly no longer an option, Madhubala turned her attention to film making. In 1969 she was set to make her directorial debut with a film named “Farz Aur Ishk” However the film was never made, as during the pre production stages, Madhubala finally succumbed to her illness and died on 23 February 1969, shortly after her 36th birthday.
S D Burman kee ek bemisaal composition aur Rafi Sahab aur Asha Bhosale kee ek bemisaal adayagee “Achha jee main haree chalo maan jawo na arre dekhee sabkee yari mera dil jalawo na”
In her short life & career, Madhubala worked in almost 70 to 73 films ranging from her debut film Basant (1942) to Jwala (1971). In all three biographies and numerous articles published on her, she has been compared with Marilyn Monroe and has a similarly iconic position in Indian film history. Till this day Madhubala remains one of the most enduring and celebrated legends of Indian Cinema Her continuing appeal to film fans was underlined in a 1990 poll conducted by Movie magazine. Madhubala was voted the most popular vintage Hindi actress of all time, garnering 58% of the votes, and out ranking contemporary legendary actresses like Meena Kumari, Nargis and Nutan. More recently in the International Women’s Day 2007 special Madhubala was ranked second in their top ten list of “Bollywood’s best actresses Ever” According to the feature, the actresses that made the final list were ranked on “…acting skills, glamour, box office appeal, versatility and icon status — and the fact that each of them became a figurehead for Bollywood, ushering in a new wave of cinema…”
S D Burmanda kee suronka jadoo aur utne hee pyar aur mithas kee bolee Rafi Sahab aur Asha Bhosale ke suronme “Chandsa mukhada kyoon sharmaya aank mili aur dil ghabraya”
In 2004 a digitally colorized version of Mughal-e-Azam was released and, 35 years later after her death, the film and Madhubala became a success with cinema audiences all over again.
In the memory of Madhubala I have composed a small little poetry as follows:
“Balkhati mast apne hee dhun mein thu kahan se aayee hai paree, waqt ne karwat lee aur dekha tho ye sari duniya hee tere kadmon mein thee, kitne hee dil tuthe, kitne hee dil dhadke, kitne hee ghayal pade, magar fhir bhee tumne oof tak na kee, chalee gayee usee shaan se, bekhabar ho gayee insaniyat, sow gayee uss malmal se bistar par phir kabhee na jaagne ke liye ya palat kar lautne ke liye, hum aaj bhee intezar karte hai aur kayamat tak shayad karte rahenge – sirf ek bar tho uthkar bekhabar muskoora dho tho shayad ye bakee bachi zindagi hamaree safal ho jaye” !!!
Just review & remember this beautiful rendition by Shankar Jaikishan ably supported by great rendition & singing by Rafi Sahab “Aye bahar ban ke lubha kar chalee gayee kya raaj tha jo apne hee dil mein chupa kar chali gayee”
Friends, fans, admirers and all the well wishers – this is just a small attempt to remember Rafi Sahab & Madhubalajee together on this great platform — indeed the 2 greatest icons of the Hindi Film fraternity never ever to be born again
Yes Madhubala’s birthday falls on 14th February – Many Happy Returns of the Day to her on behalf of all my dear friends, fans, admirers and all the well wishers
The Almighty’s magic creations did not last for long & eventually he snatched away amidst us his own creations one at the sheer young age of almost 36 years & the other at the age of 56 years. Probably the Almighty needed the presence of these immortal legends in his heavenly darbar/abode more may be even The Almighty thought of spending more time with his rare creations. Though they both are no more with us their memories shall always linger in the core of our hearts ever lastingly. Amen !!!