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A new biography claims Madhubala was extremely promiscuous, to the horror of her family

Indiscreet Liaisons
Indiscreet Liaisons
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SCREEN legend Madhubala seems to have been resurrected once again with the release of a new biography. And in the process a hornet's nest has been stirred up in Bollywood, leaving her family angry and annoyed that in death, as in life, the actress has never been allowed to rest in peace. Nymph or nympho? Magical or maniacal? Houri or harlot? According to freelance journalist Mohan Deep's The Mystery and Mystique of Madhubala, the yesteryear heroine was all these and more. In fact, the preface itself sets the tone for the rest of the book: "She was a woman possessed. Haunted by her own insecurities until the very end. She loved men. And lost them. Latif, Mohan Sinha, Kamal Amrohi, Premnath, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Dilip Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, Kishore Kumar...."

The biography then cruises along almost conquest-wise; and for a person with a short lifespan of 36 years, nine of them as an invalid, the list is undeniably long. The writer hints that the Anarkali of Mughal-e-Azam and the haunting star of Mahal was neither as...

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