Dilip Kumar on Madhubala’s Beauty
Madhubala’s beauty was so overpowering that in paying homage to it, people have missed out on a lot of her other attributes, of course, she was beautiful, though I don’t think hers was a perfectly chiselled face. She had a slightly accentuated nose. Though it didn’t take away from the totality of her beauty. Yes, she was beautiful in totality. As an actress, her greatest asset was her spontaneity. She’d appear casual, totally unassuming until that moment when she’d suddenly come alive, and create the right mood.
She was witty, had a sense of comedy, and was capable of expressing intense emotions. Yet, if her performance lacked consistency, it was because she needed to be saturated with the demands of the role, which seldom happened in the kind of set-ups she mostly worked in. There were too many people trying to guide her. I think Mughal-e-Azam eventually gave her the kind of impetus she needed to rise to her full stature. As it familiarized her with the subtle contours of the character thoroughly, and gave her the motivation to excel herself. And the film, I’d say, immortalized the Madhubala visage.
Signed By – Dilip Kumar