Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Katrina Kaif will be Madhubala in Kishore Kumar biopic

Katrina Kaif has reportedly been signed to play Madhubala in a Kishore Kumar biopic being helmed by Anurag Basu. Ranbir Kapoor will play the talented but temperamental singer and actor. UTV is producing the film having purchased the rights for it from Kishore's surviving wife Leena Chandavarkar. According to Mid Day, Katrina has been studying Madhubala in preparation for the role, watching
her films such as Mughal e Azam, Chalti Ka Naam Gadi and Mahal.
The biopic is expected to feature the nostalgic song sequence Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si performed by Kishore and Madhubala in the film Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi. Kishore's first marriage to Ruma Guha Thakurta aka Ruma Ghosh lasted from 1950 to 1958.
He married Madhubala, a leading Bollywood actress of the time, in 1960, against many odds. His family was opposed to the marriage because Madhubala was a Muslim. Madhubala was also ill when Kishore proposed to her, and her father was keen to get her treated in London first. Kishore converted to Islam and took the name Karim Abdul for the marriage.
The two entered into a civil union but later had a Hindu marriage ceremony to mollify Kishore's family. Madhubala's illness was later diagnosed as a ventricular septal defect and she died of it in 1969. Kishore Kumar's third marriage was to Bollywood actress Yogeeta Bali in 1976 lasted two years. He was married to Leena Chandavarkar from 1980 until his death.

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