Classic Bollywood film actress who appeared in the 1950s Mr. and Mrs. '55 and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.
Her first film appearance was in the 1942 Basant, as Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi. Her co-star Devieka Rani advised her to change her name to Madhubala, which means "woman of honey."
At the height of her popularity, every film she starred in became a success, and she began receiving invitations from Hollywood.
She was called the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, achieving the same kind of iconic status in her native land.