Albela (1951 film)
Albela is a 1951 Bollywood musical comedy film directed by and starring Bhagwan Dada and Geeta Bali. A Hindi classic, it was the third highest-grossing film at the Indian Box Office in 1951 and its soundtrack by C. Ramchandra was acclaimed; the film was dubbed in Tamil as Nalla Pillai in 1953. Day-dreamer and Artist, lives a poor lifestyle in Bombay with his retired dad, it is now time for Vimla to get married, her dad has saved a thousand Rupees, while Mohan has made arrangements for six hundred more, Pyarelal is asked to arrange for four hundred. Instead Pyarelal brings home one hundred rupees, informing his family that he has been fired from his job, will be unable to raise any more money. An argument ensues, Pyarelal is asked to leave, he leaves, swearing only to return when he is a wealthy man. He meets with pretty actress, both fall in love with each other, he starts acting in the theater, achieves quick success, he starts sending money and gifts home to his parents, hopes that they will be pleased with his success.
One day when he feels that he has achieved his success, he returns home - only to find out that the money and gifts he has been sending home are missing. Geeta Bali... as Asha Bhagwan as Pyarelal Badri Prasad as Pyarelal's Father Sunder as Theatre Owner Pratima Devi as Pyarelal's Mother Dulari as Malti The music director of the film was C. Ramchandra and the soundtrack was acclaimed, cited as a "classic"; the film features several westernized songs such as Shola Jo Bhadke and Ye Deewana, Ye Parwana which are said to have "employed cabaret type dance/choruses featuring bongo drums, clarinets, saxophones, etc." C. Ramachandra as Chitalkar himself sang most of the male songs in the movie while Lata Mangeshkar sang all the female songs. Apart from the popular Western style songs, the movie had classic melodies like "Dheere se aaja re ankhiyan me", "Balama bada nadan re" etc... The music was composed by C. Ramchandra. Hindi Songs Tamil Songs Albela on IMDb Clip of the song Balama bada nadan re on YouTube Soundtrack
India known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country as well as the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia; the Indian subcontinent was home to the urban Indus Valley Civilisation of the 3rd millennium BCE. In the following millennium, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism began to be composed. Social stratification, based on caste, emerged in the first millennium BCE, Buddhism and Jainism arose. Early political consolidations took place under the Gupta empires. In the medieval era, Zoroastrianism and Islam arrived, Sikhism emerged, all adding to the region's diverse culture.
Much of the north fell to the Delhi Sultanate. The economy expanded in the 17th century in the Mughal Empire. In the mid-18th century, the subcontinent came under British East India Company rule, in the mid-19th under British Crown rule. A nationalist movement emerged in the late 19th century, which under Mahatma Gandhi, was noted for nonviolent resistance and led to India's independence in 1947. In 2017, the Indian economy was the world's sixth largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity. Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies and is considered a newly industrialised country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption and inadequate public healthcare. A nuclear weapons state and regional power, it has the second largest standing army in the world and ranks fifth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal republic governed under a parliamentary system and consists of 29 states and 7 union territories.
A pluralistic and multi-ethnic society, it is home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats. The name India is derived from Indus, which originates from the Old Persian word Hindush, equivalent to the Sanskrit word Sindhu, the historical local appellation for the Indus River; the ancient Greeks referred to the Indians as Indoi, which translates as "The people of the Indus". The geographical term Bharat, recognised by the Constitution of India as an official name for the country, is used by many Indian languages in its variations, it is a modernisation of the historical name Bharatavarsha, which traditionally referred to the Indian subcontinent and gained increasing currency from the mid-19th century as a native name for India. Hindustan is a Middle Persian name for India, it was introduced into India by the Mughals and used since then. Its meaning varied, referring to a region that encompassed northern India and Pakistan or India in its entirety; the name may refer to either the northern part of India or the entire country.
The earliest known human remains in South Asia date to about 30,000 years ago. Nearly contemporaneous human rock art sites have been found in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, including at the Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh. After 6500 BCE, evidence for domestication of food crops and animals, construction of permanent structures, storage of agricultural surplus, appeared in Mehrgarh and other sites in what is now Balochistan; these developed into the Indus Valley Civilisation, the first urban culture in South Asia, which flourished during 2500–1900 BCE in what is now Pakistan and western India. Centred around cities such as Mohenjo-daro, Harappa and Kalibangan, relying on varied forms of subsistence, the civilization engaged robustly in crafts production and wide-ranging trade. During the period 2000–500 BCE, many regions of the subcontinent transitioned from the Chalcolithic cultures to the Iron Age ones; the Vedas, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism, were composed during this period, historians have analysed these to posit a Vedic culture in the Punjab region and the upper Gangetic Plain.
Most historians consider this period to have encompassed several waves of Indo-Aryan migration into the subcontinent from the north-west. The caste system, which created a hierarchy of priests and free peasants, but which excluded indigenous peoples by labeling their occupations impure, arose during this period. On the Deccan Plateau, archaeological evidence from this period suggests the existence of a chiefdom stage of political organisation. In South India, a progression to sedentary life is indicated by the large number of megalithic monuments dating from this period, as well as by nearby traces of agriculture, irrigation tanks, craft traditions. In the late Vedic period, around the 6th century BCE, the small states and chiefdoms of the Ganges Plain and the north-western regions had consolidated into 16 major oligarchies and monarchies that were known as the mahajanapadas; the emerging urbanisation gave rise to non-Vedic religious movements, two of which became independent religions. Jainism came into prominence during the life of Mahavira.
Buddhism, based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha, attracted followers from all social classes excepting the middle
Baaz is a 1953 Hindi film directed by Guru Dutt. This film is Guru Dutt's first starring film, an action film packed with adventure staged on a ship; the 16th century, the Malabar Coast. General Barbosa signs a treaty with the queen of a small state giving the Portuguese right to trade in exchange for military protection. With the help of the queen's nephew Jaswant, he begins to meddle in the administration as well, he arrests his friend Narayan Das. Das' daughter Nisha tries to save her father but is caught by Barbosa and both are sold to a cruel Portuguese pirate Cabral. Cabral kills Narayan Das. Nisha rouses her fellow slaves to revolt against Cabral and once Cabral is killed Nisha becomes a pirate queen pillaging all Portuguese ships in sight. One such ship includes heir to the throne Prince Ravi, a Portuguese woman Rosita and a court astrologer. Nisha spares their lives, they fall in love. Ravi joins the mutineers without revealing his identity. Back on shore, Ravi learns Jaswant is to be crowned king.
Ravi is sentenced to death. Nisha saves they join forces with other local chiefs to defeat Barbosa. Geeta Bali as Nisha N. Das Guru Dutt as Raj Kumar Ravi K. N. Singh as General Barborosa Kuldip Kaur as Rosita Yashodra Katju Nisha's friend Ruby Myers as Raj Mata Ram Singh Johnny Walker as The Court Astrologer M. A. Latif Jankidas as Ramzan Ali Saudagar Moolchand as Mothu Tun Tun as A masseuse The music was composed by O. P. Nayyar and lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. "Jo Dil Ki Baat" – Mohd Rafi "Tare Chandni Afsane Sama" – Geeta Dutt "Aye Dil Aye Deewane" – Geeta Dutt "Zara Saamne Aa" – Geeta Dutt "Aye Watan Ke Naujawan" – Geeta Dutt "Jaago Jaago Savera Hua" – Geeta Dutt "Mujhe Dekho" – Talat Mahmud "Pyaar ka Kanta" – Geeta Dutt Baaz aka The Hawk on IMDb
Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand, known as Dev Anand, was a noted Indian film actor, writer and producer known for his work in Indian cinema. He is considered as one of the greatest and most successful actors in the Indian film industry. Dev was born Dharam Dev Anand on 26 September 1923 in the Shakargarh tehsil of the Gurdaspur district in Punjab, his father Pishori Lal Anand was a well-to-do advocate in Gurdaspur District Court. Dev was the third of four sons born to Anand. One of Dev's younger sisters is Sheel Kanta Kapur, the mother of film director Shekhar Kapur, his older brothers were Manmohan Anand and Chetan Anand and the younger one was Vijay Anand. He did his schooling till matriculation from Sacred Heart School and went to Government college Dharamshala before going to Lahore to study. Dev completed a BA degree in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore in British India. Part of the Anand family, he co-founded Navketan Films in 1949 with his elder brother Chetan Anand. Dev Anand had a love affair with actress Suraiya from 1948–1951, but they never married, because of opposition by Suraiya's maternal grandmother.
Suraiya remained unmarried throughout her life till she died on 31 January 2004. In 1954, Dev married Kalpana Kartik, a Bollywood actress from Shimla, in a private marriage during the shooting of the film Taxi Driver. Kartik was Christian, they have two children, Suneil Anand, unmarried and Devina Anand. Devina was divorced a few years later. Devina has a daughter, married to a fashion stylist, Prayag Menon. Gina is a professional photographer. After completing his BA degree in English Literature from the Government College, Dev Anand left his home-town for Bombay in the early 1940s, he began his career in the military censor's office at Churchgate, for a monthly salary of Rs. 65. He worked as a clerk in an accounting firm for a salary of Rs. 85. He joined Chetan, as a member of the Indian People's Theatre Association. Dev Anand aspired to become a performer after seeing Ashok Kumar's performance in films such as Achhut Kanya and Kismet. Dev Anand quoted in an interview that "I remember when I gate-crashed into the office of the man who gave me the first break, he kept looking at me – Babu Rao Pai of Prabhat Film Studios.
At that time he made up his mind that this boy deserves a break and mentioned to his people that'this boy struck me because of his smile and beautiful eyes and his tremendous confidence.'" He was soon offered the lead role in Prabhat Films' Hum Ek Hain, a film about Hindu-Muslim unity, where Dev Anand played a Hindu boy and was paired opposite Kamala Kotnis. While shooting the film in Pune, Anand befriended the actor Guru Dutt. Between them, they agreed that if one of them were to become successful in the film industry, he would help the other to be successful, they formed a mutual understanding that when Anand produced a film, Dutt would direct it and when Dutt directed a film, Anand would act in it. In the late 1940s, Anand was offered a few roles starring as the male lead opposite singer-actress Suraiya in woman-oriented films. While shooting these films, they became romantically involved; the two of them were paired in seven films together: Vidya, Shair, Nili, Do Sitare and Sanam, all of which were successful at the box office.
In these films, Suraiya was always first-biller in the credits, indicating that she was a bigger star than Anand. She fell in love with him during the shooting of the song Kinare Kinare Chale Jayen Ge from the film Vidya— while shooting the scene, the boat they were in capsized, Anand saved Suraiya from drowning. Suraiya's family used to welcome Dev Anand at home, but when her maternal grandmother found out that the two were in love, planned an actual marriage on the set of Jeet, she started monitoring them; the two shared love letters and messages through their co-actors, like Durga Khote and Kamini Kaushal, who went out of their way to engineer secret rendezvous. During the shooting of the film Afsar, Anand proposed to Suraiya and gave her a diamond ring worth Rs 3,000, her maternal grandmother opposed the relationship as they were Muslim and Anand was Hindu, so, Suraiya remained unmarried. They stopped acting together after her grandmother opposed their partnership, Do Sitare was the last film in which they appeared together.
Although the films he starred in with Suraiya had been successful, the producers and directors of those films attributed their success to the acting prowess and screen presence of Suraiya. Anand began looking for an opportunity to play the main male lead in a film where his acting skills could be demonstrated, so as to dispel scepticism about his acting abilities. Dev Anand spoke about Suraiya and his love affair with her, in various interviews he gave to film magazines, such as Star Dust, Star & Style and TV to Karan Thapar for BBC, while both were alive, after Suraiya's death in interviews given on TV to Simi Garewal and others on TV and for news magazines. Anand was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar, he spotted Anand hanging around in the studios and picked him as the hero for the Bombay Talkies production Ziddi, co-starring Kamini Kaushal, which became an instant success. After Ziddi's success, Anand decided, it was in the film Ziddi, where the first Kishore-Lata duet, "Yeh Kaun Aaya Karke Yeh Sola Singh
Bawre Nain is 1950 Indian Hindi-language romance film directed by Kidar Nath Sharma. It was produced under the Ambitious Pictures banner at Shree Sound Studios. For the music, Sharma persisted with music director Roshan, in spite of several demands from film distributors to have him removed following his failure as a composer in an earlier film, Neki Aur Badi; the music is stated to be the reason for the film's success. One of the noteworthy songs that popularised playback singer Mukesh was "Teri Duniya Mein Dil Lagta Nahin", composed in Raga Darbari Kaanada. Bawre Nain is cited as Roshan's "first big hit" as a music composer; the film starred Raj Kapoor, Geeta Bali, Prakash, Pessi Patel and Cuckoo. Both Raj Kapoor and Geeta Bali were Sharma discoveries, with Raj Kapoor's first film being Sharma's Neel Kamal and Geeta Bali's Sohaag Raat; the film was a success and is cited as a "classic", with special mention for Sharma's "exceptionally worded lyrics". Roshan's music, with songs like "Khayalon Mein Kisi Ke" became a favourite with "millions", starting him on "a glorious career".
Chand lives in a small rural town in India. He is unable to pay the rent, his landlord evicts him, he meets with a young woman named Tara. Both are attracted to each other. Chand is unable to secure employment in this town, moves elsewhere. Tara does not hear anything from him. So she decides to look for him, hoping to re-kindle her love, she is shocked and surprised to find him with an attractive woman named Rajni, who claims that Chand is her betrothed and both are to get married soon. Meghnad Desai, in his book "Pakeezah" described it as "a thin story is used to drape stunning melodies" composed by music director Roshan. According to Ausaja, Geeta Bali "received rave review for her performance as a village belle", "the music of this film made it a classic, with the song "Khayalon Mein Kisi Ke" becoming "a hit of millions"; the reviewer in the Motion Picture Magazine published in India, lamented the endless use by film-makers of the "boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets/loses-girl formula".
He termed it "a vicious little circle" with no "avenue of escape from it". The "hackneyed theme", with "stark raving melodrama" and too many coincidences, was described as a disappointment from someone of Kidar Sharma's stature, who had earlier made the praise-worthy Jogan. Geeta Bali's performance was written as her best so far, with Raj Kapoor being just satisfactory; the music director Roshan came in for special mention for composing "lilting" songs. Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen, authors of the book Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, called the film an "extraordinary melodrama distinguished by Geeta Bali's innovative acting." Raj Kapoor as Chand Geeta Bali as Tara Vijay Laxmi as Rajni Jaswant Pesi Patel Manju as Gangu Sharda H. Rai Bankey Nazira Prakash Siraj Darpan Kanta Cuckoo Raj Kapoor was given a break by Kidar Sharma when he hired him as an assistant director. Sharma went on to create "highly stylized romantic characters" for him. Kapoor's first was his debut role in Neel Kamal, opposite Madhubala.
The second was Bawre Nain. Geeta Bali was a discovery of Sharma's, who describes meeting her and her family in lowly circumstances while a young teenager in his book The One And Lonely Kidar Sharma, he repeated her as the girl searching for her beloved in Bawre Nain. Vijayalaxmi played the role of a "modern" educated girl. Roshan's entry as a music director was with Sharma's 1949 film Neki Aur Badi. However, despite the "nightmarish debut as a composer", Sharma retained him to compose the music for Bawre Nain. This, according to Vittal and Bhattacharjee was done against the wishes of the film distributors who had offered to increase their price to Rs. 25,000 per territory if Sharma dropped Roshan and took anyone else as the composer. Sharma continued with Roshan. Mukesh's varying tonal effects and soothing quality was put to good use in the song "Teri Duniya Mein Dil Lagta Nahin", composed in Raag Darbari Kaanada, it captured the "mood of the song". This song is cited to have helped Mukesh "grow" as a singer, while becoming popular as a playback singer for Raj Kapoor in his films such as Awaara and Shri 420.
Shamshad Begum's versatility as a singer, according to Ranade, was matched only by Asha Bhosle in days. In the song "Ichak Bichak Bhurr" Shamshad brought out a high-pitched trill on the word "bhurr", while in another part she had "two consecutive trills, one octave apart" in quick succession. Rajkumari's rendition of "Sun Bairi Balam Sach Bol Re" was another popular number from the film, matching "Geeta Bali's "on-screen zest". Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle had a duet with the song "Mohabbat Ke Maaron Ka Haal"; the lyricist was Kidar Sharma himself, with Anantharaman citing two duets. The first was "Khayalon Mein Kisi Ke", sung by Geeta Dutt; the other was "Sun Bairi Balam Sach Bol Re", by Raj Kumari and Mukesh, Raj Kumari's "biggest hit" in this film. Songlist: Bawre Nain on IMDb
Bharat Bhushan Bhalla was an Indian actor in Hindi language films and producer, best remembered for playing Baiju Bawra in the 1952 film of the same name. He was born in Meerut, brought up in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Bharat Bhushan was born on 14 June 1920 in a Baniya family at Uttar Pradesh, his father, Raibahadur Motilal, was the government pleader of Meerut. His mother died, his elder brother was film producer R. Chandra; the brothers left for Aligarh to stay with their grandfather after their mother's death. He earned a graduate degree from Aligarh. After this he took to acting against his father's wishes, he first went to Calcutta to join cinema and established himself in Bombay. He married into a prominent family in Zamindar Raibahadur Budha Prakash's daughter Sarla, they had two daughters and Aparijitha. Anuradha had polio-associated complications. Sarla died of labour complications after delivering their second child in the early 1960s, soon after the film Barsaat Ki Raat. In 1967, he married his co-star in the movie Barsaat Ki Raat.
Bharat Bhushan owned bungalows in Bandra and other areas. He was an avid reader and boasted of his collection of books, which he had to sell off like his cars and bungalows in bad times, he died after he escaped his financial crisis, on 27 January 1992. He made his debut with the Kidar Sharma hit Chitralekha. However, he struggled for over a decade to make a mark in Hindi movies till Baiju Bawra, which gave him instant stardom and legendary status along with Mohammad Rafi, Meena Kumari and Naushad Ali. Though a talented actor and a prominent star of the 1950s and 1960s in Hindi language films, he took on roles of tragic musicians in the movies. Films in which he starred as lead actor include Basant Bahar. "He portrays historical and mythological characters the best in Hindi movies," states contemporary actor-producer Chandrashekar. He wrote scripts and stories for Barsat Ki Raat, Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal, Basant Bahar, Dooj Ka Chand, etc, he was the producer of Dooj Ka Chand. His brother R. Chandra made many films such as Bebus and Basant Bahar.
He was the recipient of the second Filmfare best actor award for the film Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in 1954. Most of the great songs of major singers of that period such as Rafi, Manna Dey and Mukesh were pictured on him, he was the first chocolate-faced good-looking star of Hindi films. He was one of the few actors who had a good sense of music, so most music-based movies were made with him in lead roles in the 1950s and 1960s, he acted in Hindi language movies until the 1990s. He is still loved and revered by the Indians for the great movies and great songs that he gave in spite of personal tragedies and stiff competition from his contemporaries, he is considered to be one of the greatest legends of Hindi cinema. Chitralekha Bhakta Kabir Bhaichara Sawan Suhaag Raat Rangila Rajasthan Udhaar Ankhen Bhai Bahen Janmashtami Kisi Ki Yaad Ram Darshan Hamari Shaan Saagar Baiju Bawra Maa Anand Math Dana Pani Ladki Pehli Shaadi Shabaab Mirza Ghalib Basant Bahar Phagun Barsaat Ki Raat Gyara Hazar Ladkian Naya Kanoon Taqdeer Pyar Ka Mausam Ranga Khush Khoon Pasina as Kaka Yaarana Adi Shankaracharya Nastik as Temple Priest Sharaabi as Masterji Phaansi Ke Baad Ghar Sansar Chandni as Doctor Ilaaka as Man with suitcase Gharana as Radha's father Toofan as Priest in the Hanuman's temple Sheshnaag Pyar Ka Devta as Doctor Humshakal as The Judge Aakhri Chetawani Chandi ki Dewar 1955 – Won, Filmfare Best Actor Award for Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 1956 – Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mirza Ghalib Gulzar.
Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Popular Prakashan. P. 335. ISBN 8179910660. Bharat Bhushan on IMDb Bharat Bhushan, the tragic hero
Madhubala, was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi films. She was active between 1942 and 1964. Known for her beauty and sensitive portrayals of tragic women, she was the known as The Beauty With Tragedy and The Venus Queen of Indian Cinema. Madhubala made her screen debut in a minor role at the age of 9 with the film Basant. However, her acting career began in 1947, when she made her debut with Raj Kapoor at the age of 14 with the film Neel Kamal. During the career span of 22 years, Madhubala was known for her roles in more than 70 films of variety of genres such as Mahal, Beqasoor, Amar, Mr. & Mrs.'55, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Howrah Bridge and Mughal-e-Azam with actors such as Dilip Kumar, Guru Dutt, Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Kishore Kumar and many more as her co-stars. Out of 73 Hindi films, only fifteen of them were successful at box office, she received her only nomination for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in Mughal-e-Azam. In 1951, she caught the interest of Hollywood when ace photographer James Burke visited India and photographed her for Life Magazine.
In their feature of her, called her "the biggest star" in the international film industry. She was photographed extensively for this feature by James Burke. Madhubala had been compared to Marilyn Monroe: the smoldering looks, the short career, the tragic end. "There was a remarkable similarity in the soft vulnerability of their faces", writes Khatija Akbar in her biography of Madhubala. "The same abandoned to their laughter, head thrown back, that same incandescent glow". She was an avid fan of Hollywood, while visiting Bombay, Frank Capra was keen in giving her a break in Hollywood but her father refused. Drawing comparisons with Marilyn Monroe, Madhubala received wide recognition for her performances in films such as Mahal, Amar, Mr. & Mrs.'55, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Mughal-e-Azam and Barsaat Ki Raat. Her performance in Mughal-e-Azam established her as an iconic actress of Hindi Cinema, her last film Jwala, although shot in the 1950s, was released in 1971. Madhubala's private life received much attention.
Madhubala had a long relationship with actor Dilip Kumar, but instead she married her Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi co-star Kishore Kumar in 1960. Together they had worked in films such as Dhake Ki Malmal, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Half Ticket. Madhubala's life and career was cut short when she died in 1969 from a prolonged illness at the age of 36, her film Chalak opposite Raj Kapoor was supposed to be released in 1966 as it needed a short spell of shooting, she couldn't survive that strength and therefore, the film was left incomplete after her death. Madhubala was born on February 14, 1933 as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi, the fifth of eleven children in Delhi, British India, her parents were Aayesha Begum. She had ten siblings out of, her father, Attaullah Khan belonged to the Yousafzai tribe of Pashtuns, lived in Peshawar valley which includes the present-day regions of Mardan and Swabi, now in Pakistan, with his family. After losing his job at the Imperial Tobacco Company in Peshawar, he relocated the family to Delhi and Bombay.
The family endured many hardships. Madhubala's three sisters and two brothers died at the ages of six; the dock explosion and fire of 14 April 1944 wiped out their small home. The family survived. With his six remaining daughters to provide for and the young Madhubala began to pay frequent visits to Bombay film studios to look for work. At the age of 9, this was Madhubala's introduction to the movie industry, which would provide financial help to her family. At home, Madhubala was nicknamed Majhli Aapa. Madhubala spoke Hindi at home, she yearned to learn the language. I am not a spendthrift for the simple reason. I do not have a passion for jewellery and clothes. I do not travel. I do not go out much. By God's grace I have all necessities of life and I am happy Madhubala learned driving at the age of twelve and liked to drive long sometimes. Madhubala's first movie Basant, was a box office success, she acted as the daughter to the character played by actress Mumtaz Shanti and was credited as Baby Mumtaz in the film.
Basant became the highest-grossing Indian film of that year. A nine year old Madhubala a child artist tottered around various studios of Bombay in search of work and made several friends there. Around the same time, another child artist Baby Mahjabeen visited these studios and was known to Madhubala; this Baby Mahjabeen on, became one of the most sought after stars and her contemporary – Meena Kumari. Madhubala was a fan of Meena Kumari and said: "She has the most unique voice. No other heroine has it". After starring in the film Basant, Madhubala starred in director Kidar Sharma's 1945 film Dhanna Bhagat. More films of Baby Mumtaz followed in 1946 and they were Pujari and Rajputani. Phoolwari was the third highest grossing film of that year and starred Motilal and Khursheed Bano in lead roles, her first lead role, at the age of 14, was opposite Raj Kapoor in Kidar Sharma's Neel Kamal. Actress Devika Rani was impressed by her performance and potential, advised her to assume the screen name "Madhubala" meaning "honey belle".
Neel Kamal was the last film in which she was credited as Mumtaz