Venus of the Indian screen Madhubala is honored by Indian Postal Service: on 18 March 2008 a stamp was released in her memory. After Nargis, Madhubala is the second Indian actress to have a stamp released in her honor.
The Indian Postal Service organized a special two-day event in Mumbai on Indian cinema titled Magic of Film Through Postage Stamps along with a philatelic exhibition titled Mahafilmpex. They also showcased a few landmark movies.
At the end of the show they released the special stamp and a special DVD detailing stamps on Indian films. (click for more pictures from the event.)
Veteran actor Manoj Kumar, unveiled the stamp. He said:
“Madhubala is the face of the century. There can be only one Madhubala in one century. Every time I would see her, my heart would start singing ghazals. I’m extremely lucky that I had the pleasure of working with her. I’m happy and want to thank the department for their initiative.”
Madhubala’s sister Madhubhushan choked with emotion. Madhubala’s contemporaries actresses Shashikala and Nimmi, director Shakti Samanta, Ameen Sayani, Kiran Shantaram, and actress Sonali Kulkarni shared memorable vignettes about her.
Indian postal department plans to publish a booklet containing a listing of stamps from 1854, when first Indian stamp was released, to 2007 along with other merchandise related to the philatelic themes. The stamp with the information sheet and the First Day Covers is going to be available for sale at philatelic bureaus and head post offices all over India.
The first stamp to be issued to honor Indian film personalities was released in 1971 to mark the birth centenary of Dadasaheb Phalke, touted as the father of Indian cinema.