Madhubala and Dilip Kumara will be forever remembered for the on-screen chemistry in the magnum opus Mughal-E-Azam. Like the movie, their true love story also had a tragic ending, with both going their separate ways. Madhubalas Sister Madhur Bhushan has also said that the two superstars had come very close to marriage, but the need for an apology led to them breaking up. Also read: ‘Kishore Kumar was a Hindu, didn’t change religion to marry Madhubala,’ says her sister Madhur Bhushan

Dilip Kumar had testified against Madhubala and her father Ataullah Khan in a lawsuit filed during the making of the film, Naya Daur. Madhubala’s father did not allow her to go out of town for the shooting of the film, after which Naya Daur director BR Chopra sued her for 30,000 in damages and Dilip Kumar testified against her in court.

Speaking to ETimes about their split, Madhubala’s sister Madhur said: “Had the trial not happened, Madhubala would probably have married Dilip Kumar. She had urged Dilip Saab to apologize to our father. She had tried to convince him to let the past be for good, just to say sorry for the sake of their relationship. Dilip Saab refused.”

She added: “She (Madhubala) would cry and say to Dilip saab, ‘Dekho humari zindagi barbaad ho jayegi (our lives will fall apart)’ and Dilip saab would ask her, ‘Tum itni zidd kyun kar rahi ho? (why are you forcing me so much)?'” Madhur said Madhubala did not want the press to speculate that Dilip Kumar took her away from a bad father or that she left her father to be with him.

Madhubala later tied the knot with a singing legend Kishore Kumara before the two left for London for treatment for her heart condition. She died nine years later. Dilip Kumar married actor Saira Banu and the two became Bollywood’s most beautiful couples. He died last year and is survived by Saira.

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