Madhubala is highly regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema" and "The Beauty with Tragedy"
Madhubala was born Mumtaz Jahan Begum Dehlavi
The eternal beauty, Madhubala is regarded as the most graceful actress to have been part of Bollywood, even four decades after she passed away
Madhubala with her frequent co-star Dilip Kumar, with whom she also shared a romantic relationship
Madhubala in one of her many beautiful on-screen avatars
Madhubala made her debut as a child artist with the 1942 film 'Basant'
Madhubala in one of her many moods
During a cherished career, Madhubala went on to star in numerous classics like Neel Kamal, Mahal and of course Mughal-e-Azam
A TV show loosely based on the Madhubala-Dilip Kumar love story was on air
Madhubala was married to legendary singer Kishore Kumar
After a prolonged confinement to her sickbed owing to a serious heart ailment, Madhubala died prematurely, at the young age of 36, in 1969
Generation after generation of actresses refer to this Anarkali as their role model till date
Madhubala and Kishore Kumar in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
Prithviraj Kapoor visiting Madhubala's grave
On the 85th birth anniversary of Madhubala, we pay tribute by remembering the effervescent actress through a collection of some beautiful rare pictures from her life and times