Madame Tussauds Delhi uneiled ethereal beauty and legendary actress Madhubala’s wax-figure on Thursday at an event held in the capital. The actress wax figure inspired by her legendary character ‘Anarkali’ from the film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.
The figure has been created beautifully by the artists of Madame Tussauds. There were many artists who worked for over six months to create the figure of the actress with fabrics and accessories sourced from India and put up beautifully by artists abroad.
Madhur Brij, sister of the late Bollywood actress, was present to be part of the launch. She said, “We are overwhelmed to know that Madhubala’s figure would be part of the Madame Tussauds Delhi. This figure would allow her admirers to cherish the golden era of cinema and once again see her beauty. We are extremely thankful to the Madame Tussauds team for creating such a beautiful depiction of Madhubala.”
Looking at the figure, Madhur Brij said that she felt as if her “apa” (as she fondly calls her sister) is standing. “I can’t express how happy I am looking at this. Thank you everyone for remembering her and still keeping her in your hearts,” she said.
Madhur Brij, the younger sister of Madhubala, says that all the actresses of today are very beautiful but she wants Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan to play the late actress if the biopic is made on her as the “Jab We Met” heroine has the same naughtiness that the former used to have.
“There was a time when I wanted Madhuri Dixit to play the role of Madhubala in her biopic but now it has to be Kareena Kapoor Khan as she has the same naughtiness that Madhubala used to have and she is a beautiful actress too,” said Madhur.
So, was the legendary actress equally naughty at home too? “Madhubala was very simple at home. She was elder but never bossy and she used to encourage all of us to come in films,” said Madhur, draped elegantly in a white sari with her head covered by a scarf.
Born in 1933, Madhubala — often regarded as the most iconic female celebrity of Hindi cinema — worked in films between 1942 and 1962.
Some of her widely acclaimed films include “Mahal” (1949), “Amar” (1954), “Mr. & Mrs. ’55” (1955), “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi” (1958), “Mughal-e-Azam” (1960) and “Barsaat Ki Raat” (1960).
Madhubala died on February 23, 1969 after a prolonged illness.
“The actresses of today are very successful but they should learn strength, patience from her,” she added.
Madhur said she was overjoyed at seeing the love and respect Madhubala gets even after her death. “Very few films of her did good business at box office while the rest of her films didn’t do well but I am surprised to see that she was called the Venus of Indian screen,” she said and added, “I feel happy looking at this figure but I am upset also from inside as I want to ask God that why he gave her such a short life. This will be my question to God all my life. A girl who was affectionate, nice, beautiful and a good soul has gone so early.”
“Had she been alive, she would have worked in much more bigger films than ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.”