mumtaz jahan begum dehlavi


Do Ustaad (1959)

Some sweet scenes, some funny scenes. Daisy Irani is bloody adorable and one heck of a child star, might I add. First few GIFs are with her and Madhubala.

I’d give this film a 6/10. The 6 because there were some laugh out loud moments (especially in the scenes where Raj Kapoor is in disguise as a Begum and Madhubala dresses up in disguise as a Pashtun Khan-saab - ironically the type/caste of Muslim she is, haha)

But, on the whole, the plot, story and quality of the movie wasn’t on the same standards as ‘Amar’ or 'Kala Pani’. Good for a laugh, and fun to watch for Raj Kapoor and Madhubala fans, their on screen chemistry is cute :-)


Happy Birthday to my idol Madhubala! - Who would have turned 80 years old today <3 [Edits by me - pooja-mahi-rai]

A short life of 36 years lived - but even 44 years after her death, she is still remembered with just as much love, happiness and nostalgia. She has made more of an impression on the world than some of the current stars of Bollywood, and she remains just as mysterious and Mona Lisa like; smiling through tears and unspoken-of woes.
The saddening facts surfaced, when her sister shared some of her heartbreaking memories of the last few years of this ethereal stars’ life.
One of my idols, a symbol of innocence, living life from the heart, and loving unconditionally, she represents the power to keep going even if the going gets tough - her story pushes me to keep on moving forward and to never give up. -  Pooja

(Original pictures taken by James Burke for LIFE magazine 1951)

Sisters, Chanchal & Madhubala.

A genuine colour picutre from an old Filmfare

On the sets of Madhubala’s own home production ‘Naata’ (1955) - A film about two sisters who are pretty much tied to the hip; the younger of the two (Chanchal) wanting to see the older sister (Madhubala) be happy in what she thinks is a potential marriage proposal for her older sis (a potential strapping fella who just recently moved to the village - intellectual, kind, caring, seems like he’s fascinated by Madhu and taken by her beauty etc etc etc - seems too good to be true eh?) The younger sister encourages the emotions of the older. Well, turns out the dude is already married and brings back his new bride to the village to meet everyone; witnessing this, and wishing him a long life and happy marriage - through heartache, the older sister passes away in her younger sisters arms. 

Quite scary and coincidental how the main character dies of heartfail/ache eh?