When Dilip Kumar Threw Out Madhubala – Blast From the Past

When Dilip Kumar Threw Out Madhubala – Blast From the Past

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala were deeply in love but the thespian broke her heart when he had her removed from a project
When Dilip Kumar Threw Out Madhubala – Blast From the Past
Madhubala and Dilip Kumar

One doesn’t know how far the system of patriarchy runs in  the entertainment  industry. But it sure runs deep. How else do we explain what happened  in  1957 when the  mighty Thespian of Indian cinema Dilip Kumar  broke up with the Venus of Indian cinema Madhubala. Their  love affair blossomed during the making of the monumental Mughal-e-Azam and peaked by the time the film was about 70 percent  ready.

But then things fell part for this golden couple. This romance which everyone expected to end at the altar, altered its course. No one knows why Madhubala couldn’t marry Dilip Kumar. They were made for each other in every way, except for her weak heart which doctors said could explode any time.

If it was her heart condition that caused  the heart-breaking separation between Madhubala and Dilip Kumar, what happened  thereafter was  purely  ugly and smacked of  vendetta. The  hit jodi of Mughal-e-Azam  had been signed by B  R  Chopra to star  in the social drama Naya Daur. Suddenly, Madhubala found herself  out  of  the  project and replaced  overnight by Vyjanthimala who quickly became Dilip Saab’s  favourite heroine.

How much this betrayal must have hurt the already ill and dying Madhubala! It  wouldn’t be wrong  to say  she  died of heartbreak  even before her heart gave way.

The official  reason given for Madhubala’s ouster from Naya Daur was  her  inability to  lunge into a muddy  trough because of her  heart condition. No trough could be muddier than the  rules  of patriarchy that guided Madhubala’s expulsion from Dilip Kumar’s durbar.