Cinema goers and critics have been so dazzled by Madhubala's looks that they often fail to appreciate her immense talent. She had a perfect sense of timing which made her click in lighter roles.
Madhubala was voted the most popular vintage Hindi actress of all time, garnering 58 of the votes, and out ranking contemporary legendary actresses Meena Kumari, Nargis, and Nutan.
Two of Madhubala's qualities that were reflected in many of her deeds were honesty and dedication. In an industry where the top stars were almost always unpunctual, Madhubala reached the studios on time, sometimes even dragging her co stars and producers with her.
Madhubala worked hard despite her failing health and paid a heavy price for it. Hastening her death was her marriage to the eccentric Kishore Kumar, whom she married on the rebound after the tragic end to her love affair with Yusuf Khan, the actor known to the world as Dilip Kumar.
In the past decade, several biographies and magazine articles have been issued on Madhubala, revealing previously unknown details of her private life and career. Consequently in 2007, a Hindi film Khoya Khoya Chand was produced starring Shiney Ahuja and Soha Ali Khan the plot included some events loosely based on the life of Madhubala and other vintage film personalities.