most beautiful artist to ever charm the Indian screen, Mumtaz Jahan Begum Dehlavi or Madhubala, was born on Valentine's Day, in New Delhi, on February 14, 1933. She was the fifth of 11 children in a conservative Pathan family.
Madhubala had a tough childhood. Her family relocated to Mumbai after her father, Ataullah Khan, lost his job in Peshawar. Madhubala began acting in films at the tender age of nine to make ends meet.
Young Mumtaz, as she was known then, made her film debut with Basant in 1942. The film was a box office success. She acted successfully in several films and gained popularity as a child artist.
She got her first break in a lead role five years later in 'Neel Kamal' (1947). The film was produced and directed by her mentor, veteran filmmaker Kidar Sharma.
Even though the actress passed away barely nine days after her 36th birthday, she left behind a long legacy.
After her lead role in Bombay Talkies production 'Mahal' in 1949, Madhubala attained immense popularity.
She starred in 'Howrah Bridge', followed by 'Kalapani' opposite Dev Anand, the perennial hit 'Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi' opposite her would-be-husband, Kishore Kumar and 'Barsaat Ki Raat', opposite Bharat Bhushan.
One of her contemporaries, Dilip Kumar had once said, "Had she lived, and had she selected her films with more care, she would have been far superior to her contemporaries. Apart from being very versatile and an excellent artiste, she had a warm and cheerful nature. God had gifted her with so many things."
She also received offers from overseas when Academy Award winner American director Frank Capra wanted to cast her in his movie, but her father declined. On her birth anniversary, we tumbled upon some beautiful pictures of the everlasting beauty.