At one point of the time Greece was one of the big Dmirer of Hindi cinema and Indian Bollywood stars would use to rule the hearts of Greece people. Among the Bollywood stars who ruled the greek heart was Madhubala, Called the “Venus of the Indian cinema”. Many Hindi songs had their Greek versions recorded by established artists around the 1960s. Madhubala, known as ‘Mandoubala’ in the Mediterranean country, however, had a specific work dedicated to her.
Sung by popular Greek singer Stelios Kazantidis, the ‘Madhubala’ song is a tribute to the Indian actress’ ethereal beauty and grace. Set in the Rebetico/Laiko genre of Greek music, the song is a lover’s cry for his beloved who he has lost. It is however not clear who wrote the song that immortalized the eastern beauty. While some say the lyrics were by Kazantidis himself, it is also attributed to female lyricist Eftihis Papayiannopoulou by many.
The Madhubala song was a huge hit, and people still listen to it. Loosely translated into English, the song goes like this:
“I wish I could see you and then die, my dear.
My soul wants only this.
Since I lost you, I’m melting,
I cry out your name with pain,
Listen to the Madhubala Greek song here.
Madhubala was a popular Bollywood figure in Greece in 50s-60s. It’s Madhubala’s 86th birthday today. Born in 1933, she lived for only 36 years. even having a very short time in Bollywood, she remained always in the hearts of her fans for her stunning performance. Through her films, she became a beauty icon across the world.
The Bollywood films made around that time mostly dealt with love stories with tangled family relations, poverty, and exploitation. And songs and dances were an integral part of it.
While Nargis was considered the great priestess of family dramas, Madhubala was not far behind in popularity. “The ability of these heroines to express pain made the beautiful and haunting songs that they sang instant hits. It was only natural that the emotions of the poor Greeks would be expressed through those very same melodies,” Abadzi wrote.