NYT remembers Madhubala in its 'Overlooked' obituary section

Mar 09, 2018, 09:15 IST | The Hitlist Team

An American newspaper has doffed its cap to Bollywood legend Madhubala, who is among 15 remarkable women across the world it pays homage to

Madhubala
Madhubala

An American newspaper has doffed its cap to Bollywood legend Madhubala, who is among 15 remarkable women across the world it pays homage to. The New York Times has gone back in time to remember the contribution of these women by writing their obituary.

"Since 1851, obituaries in the New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, we are adding the stories of 15 remarkable women," the newspaper wrote. "Obituary writing is more about life than death: the last word, a testament to a human contribution. Yet who gets remembered - and how - inherently involves judgment." Madhubala, who has often been compared to another tragic screen icon - Marilyn Monroe, has been profiled by Aisha Khan in the newspaper.

"Madhubala (born as Mumtaz Begum) often portrayed modern young women testing the limits of traditions," the newspaper said while recalling her first major role as the leading lady in 1949 film "Mahal" opposite Ashok Kumar. She was 16 at the time.

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