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Madame Tussauds unveils wax figure of India’s Monroe in New Delhi

STORY: Madame Tussauds on Thursday (August 10) unveiled a wax figure of late Bollywood actress Madhubala, viewed by many as India’s Marilyn Monroe, in New Delhi.

The actress, who died due to heart complications at an early age, would now have been 84-year-old had she been alive today. However, her work in the Indian cinema has made her immortal.

Madhubala, originally known as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi, started her acting career as a child artist at the age of nine in the movie, Basant. She made her debut against then superstar, Raj Kapoor in Hindi movie, Neel Kamal.

Neel Kamal was the last movie in which the actress was credited by her original name, ‘Mumtaz’, before she assumed her screen name ‘Madhubala’.

The wax statue dressed in famous ‘Anarkali’ character was unveiled in the presence of her sister, Madhur Brij Bhushan, who was spell bound with the detailed works of the wax statue.

Madhubala, often referred as the ‘Venus Of Indian Cinema’ acted in nearly 70 movies and is popularly known for her contribution as ‘Anarkali’ in all time classic movie, Mughal-e-Azam. The actress is also known for her roles in Mahal, Mr and Mrs ’55 and Neelkamal.

Madame Tussauds’s Petra said the wax idol was prepared by taking dimensions from Madhubala’s original clothes.

The queen of 1950s is often compared with the sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, who was equally successful in her acting career around the same time in Hollywood. Coincidentally, Monroe was also known as the ‘Venus of Hollywood’.

During early 1950s, the actress became one of the most loved actresses in India, she also attracted interest from Hollywood. Madhubala had also featured in several articles in which she was described as the most popular actress in the country.

Also known as, ‘The Beauty with Tragedy’, Madhubala, was photographed extensively by James Burke for this feature.

The Delhi branch above the city centre’s historic Regal Cinema is India’s first and is set to be launched later this year.

Indian celebrities like Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan, are some of the names who already have their statues in different branches of Madame Tussauds across the world.

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