Veteran Bollywood singer faces poverty, neglect by film industry

By Hindustan Times

In 1963, when Mubarak Begum sang ‘Mujko Aapne Gale Lagalo’ from the movie Humarahi, she became an overnight sensation with fans queuing up to get her autograph.

But at Sultanabad in Behrambaug, Jogeshwari, where the singer now stays in a one-bedroom flat, few people are aware that the once-famous songstress lives there.

Mubarak Begum once sang for famous composers like S D Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Khayyam and Kalyanji Anandji.

She has not stopped singing, but her current assignments do not fetch her more than a few thousand rupees.

She says she needs the money desperately. Her 40-year-old daughter has Parkinson disease and her son, who stays in the flat with his wife and children,