A wax figure of the famous ‘Anarkali’ of the Hindi film industry is about to join other sculptures at the Madame Tussauds wax museum. The gallery houses wax statues of a number of celebrities in the Regal Building in Connaught Place, Delhi and will open later this year. The celebrities whose wax replicas have already been featured in Madame Tussauds, Delhi, include Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, David Beckham, Kapil Dev, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga among others.
Now, the yesteryear beauty Madhubala will be the latest star to join the brigade. Her figure will be styled in line with her memorable character of Anarkali in the iconic film ‘Mughal-E-Azam’, which is considered her finest performance.
Madhubala was the leading lady of Hindi cinema during the 1940s and 1950s. She made an appearance in a number of super hit movies of the golden era of Bollywood which include ‘Mahal’, ‘Amar’, ‘Mr. & Mrs. ’55’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ and ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her time, Madhubala was born Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi and started working in the film industry at a tender age of 9. She is one of the few actresses of the industry who earned a lot of fame at a very young age. Despite not being able to live for long, the fame and following she earned was unparalleled.
Madhubala was diagnosed with ventricular septal defect (a hole in her heart) when she was shooting for ‘Bahut Din Huwe’ in 1954. At the time, she was merely 21 years old. By 1960, her health worsened as she also suffered from pulmonary pressure of the lungs, and was mostly confined to a bed. In 1969, she planned to make her directorial debut but could not survive long after her 36th birthday.
But irrespective of a short lifespan, the actress is still remembered and commemorated for her beauty and her work. And as Madame Tussauds announces the institution of her wax figure at its gallery in Delhi, its first one in India, it proves that Madhubala still continues to be the heartthrob of many.
Expressing his elation on having the wax figure of the iconic Anarkali of ‘Mughal-E-Azam, Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director Merlin Entertainments India Pvt. Ltd. says that Madhubala continues to rule the hearts of billions of fans in the nation. He further said that the organization is 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.