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Imtiaz Ali to Make Biopic on Madhubala

As per media reports, Imtiaz Ali has acquired rights to make a biopic on late legendary Indian actress, Madhubala.

This story could be presented in the form of a web-series or a film. On this development, an industry source has been referenced by the media saying:

“There is so much material on Madhubala – right from her debut as a child artiste in Basant to her debut as a heroine at the age of 14 opposite Raj Kapoor in Neel Kamal.

She never got an award and managed only one Filmfare nomination for Mughal-E-Azam in spite of working in 73 films in a 22 year-long career.

There are other stories about her relationship with Dilip Kumar, her marriage with Kishore Kumar, and how she died a lonely death after being bedridden.”

Ali has also released a public notice in the trade journals to make sure that his film is free from all hindrances.

“He has acquired the rights from the family who owns a company called Madhubala Ventures Pvt. Ltd vide a Life Story Rights Assignment Agreement for the Hindi language only, under his company Window Seat Films LLP,” informs a trade source.

While the film’s cast is not confirmed, there could be a possibility that Priyanka Kandwal, better known as ‘Tik Tok Madhubala’, could be chosen for the role.

Interestingly, Madhubala’s sister Madhur Brij Bhushan had mentioned two years ago that she would like Kareena Kapoor Khan to essay the titular role.

“There was a time when I wanted Madhuri Dixit to play the role of Madhubala in her biopic but now it has to be Kareena Kapoor Khan as she has the same naughtiness that Madhubala used to have and she is a beautiful actor too,” Madhur expressed during the unveiling of the wax figure of the late actor by Madame Tussauds in Delhi.

Madhubala’s wax figure has been inspired by her legendary character Anarkali from the film Mughal-e-Azam.

On the work front, Imtiaz is working on the post-production of his upcoming film starring Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan.

The film is touted to be a sequel to the 2009 film Love Aaj Kal.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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