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Dubbed the ‘Venus of the Indian Screen’ by Filmindia editor Baburao Patel, Madhubala had audiences and personalities within the film industry singing her praises. In the book I Want to Live: The Story of Madhubala by Khatija Akbar, actress Nirupa Roy had said, “There never was and never will be anyone with her looks,” while dancer-actress Minoo Mumtaz remembered, “Her complexion was so fair and translucent that when she ate a paan (betel leaf) you could almost see the red colour going down her throat.”

In his biography The Substance and The Shadow, #DilipKumar has confessed: “I must admit that I was attracted to her (Madhubala) both as a fine co-star and as a person who had some of the attributes I hoped to find in a woman at that age and time… She, as I said earlier, was very sprightly and vivacious and, as such, she could draw me out of my shyness and reticence effortlessly.”

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