Key movies: ‘Mahal’ (1949), ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ (1958)
Regarded as one of the most beautiful Indian actresses ever, Madhubala (1933-1969) worked in almost every genre in the 1950s. She is best remembered for her dancing slave role in ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, which displayed her emotional range and dancing skills.
Her comic turn in ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ proved she was more than just a pretty face. In a film industry in which beauty is often more important than acting ability, Madhubala had both the looks and the talent. Sadly, she remains one of Bollywood’s most underrated actresses.