Fifty years on Mughal-e-Azam still inspires awe

It has been half a century since Mughal-e-Azam first enchanted audiences with its majestic sets, elaborate dance sequences and soulful music. But K Asif's magnum opus continues to inspire Bollywood directors and technicians.The epic, which was released Aug 5, 1960, chronicles the love story of Prince Salim, who went on to become Mughal emperor Jahangir, and Anarkali, a court dancer.The film took almost a decade to complete and the attention paid to intricate details such as the 'sheesh mahal', or palace of mirrors, were proof enough of the labour that went into creating the masterpiece.Actor Prithviraj Kapoor's royal sketch of Akbar, Naushad's music, Shakeel Badayuni's unforgettable lyrics and the sizzling chemistry between the lead pair Madhubala and Dilip Kumar are part of film legend in India now.Filmmaker Subhash Ghai feels a movie like Mughal-e-Azam can never be repeated. " Mughal-e-Azam is an all-time classic and
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