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Director Imtiaz Ali sets his eyes on legendary actress Madhubala, to reportedly make a biopic or web series on her life.

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Kabir Khan’s ’83, Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena- The Kargil Girl, Shershaah on Captain Vikram Batra, Vicky Kaushal’s film on Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw and Parineeti Chopra’s Saina are some of the few biopics that Bollywood has in store in the coming one or two years. Now adding to the lineup is none other than Imtiaz Ali, who is reportedly keen on adapting the life of legendary actress Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi, better known by her screen name Madhubala. On the silver screen.

According to a report in a leading daily, Imtiaz has acquired the rights of the late actress’s life from her family and will make it either into a film or a web series. “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,” the daily quoted an industry source as saying.

Apparently, Imtiaz already has put out a public notice in the trade journals and industry insiders are said to have suggested Imtiaz to cast Priyanka Kandwal, better known as ‘Tik Tok Madhubala’, for the role. Interestingly, Madhubala’s sister Madhur Brij Bhushan had earlier said that she would like Kareena Kapoor Khan as Madhubala in a film. Now we wonder which actress will bag the role if the report is indeed true.

For now, we will have to wait for an official announcement… .

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