No matter how many Bollywood beauties come along, there is one woman that has remained on top of the list of the most beautiful women of India ever. I speak, of course, of Madhubala.

And in a photoshoot by a Life Magazine photographer James Burke back in 1951, we were reminded of our timeless Anarkali’s staggering beauty.

These pictures show us the beauty as she unwound in her home.

Her smile, the one that made millions fall in love, captured perfectly.

Along with her every adaa.

These pictures make you feel like maybe, just maybe she was never one of us. A Goddess among mortals.

The days of ‘Mughal-E-Azam’, ‘Howrah Bridge’ and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ come swinging back to mind.

You can’t take your eyes off, and you know that these pictures are probably nothing compared to her actual glorious beauty.

Take your time to recover from the nostalgia and the sheer impact of just how magical Madhubala was, and always will be.

All photos are sourced from Old Indian Photos