An official Madhubala biopic, endorsed by Madhur Brij Bhushan, the late actor’s sister, is on the way. In a recent interview, Madhur, who is co-producing the upcoming project, warned any filmmaker not to attempt a project with the legendary actor without her consent. Madhur, who is nearly 80, added that any film about Madhubala is her family’s “emotional and legal right.” Continue reading: Madhubala, an umbrella goddess who was unlucky in matters of the heart
In early July, it was reported that Madhubala’s biopic was being filmed after the late actor’s youngest sister, Madhur Brij Bhushan, reached out to producers to help kickstart the project. The biopic is co-produced by Madhubala Ventures Pvt Ltd and Brewing Thoughts Pvt Ltd. Now Madhur has warned those pushing a project based on her late sister’s life, insisting they must take legal action. She also revealed that her partners are “already involved in some legal actions” against certain book publishers and producers for attempting to produce “unauthorized books or films” based on Madhubala’s life.
“I urge that no one should attempt any type of project based on or inspired by Madhubala without my consent. Please don’t spoil this moment for us… If people don’t heed my pleas, I have no choice but to take strict legal action and sue them for violating my family’s rights and for such emotional and mental harassment. All those people who deal with such a project should be taken to court. I’m a fighter and I’ll fight it out that way,” Madhur told Pinkvilla.
She said she would proceed with Madhubala’s biopic to continue the good, noble deeds the late actor accomplished in her own life. She said Madhubala is “a very charitable person,” adding that telling the life story of the legendary actor is her family’s right. Madhur added that some people bothered her and her sisters “mentally and emotionally” and asked them to include “other themes and personalities” in their films.
“Humne kya galat kiya hai (what have we done wrong)? It is (Madhubala life story) my family’s emotional and legal right. At this age, my sisters and I are bullied by some people – mentally and emotionally. Kya yeh sahi hai (Is that fair)? It is my request to anyone who is planning (to do any project about Madhubala’s life) not to pursue such plans. There are many other subjects and personalities to make beautiful films about,” she said. According to a Pinkvilla report, many actors and filmmakers are interested in Madhubala’s biopic, but producers have yet to shortlist the cast and crew.
Born Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehelvi, Madhubala began working in films at the age of nine – she debuted as a child artist in 1942 with Basant – and her first real role was as Ganga in Neel Kamal (1947); she was only 14 at the time. From then until her death she was one of the most successful actresses in the Hindi film industry. She starred in films such as Mahal, Nirala, Tarana, Kala Pani, Howrah Bridge, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) and Mughal-E-Azam, among others. Madhubala died on February 23, 1969 at the age of 36.