Mughal-E-Azam (1957)

 |  Drama, Romance, War  |  1 April 2005 (USA)
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Inspired by true events, a 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prithviraj Kapoor ...
Emperor Akbar (as Prithviraj)
Durga Khote ...
Nigar Sultana ...
Ajit ...
Durjan Singh
M. Kumar ...
Sculptor (as Kumar)
Murad ...
Raja Mann Singh
Jilloo Maa ...
Anarkali's Mother (as Jillo Bai)
S. Nazir
Sheela Delaya ...
Suraiya, Anarkali's Sister
Surendra ...
(as Surinder)
Johnny Walker
Jalal Agha ...
Tabassum ...
(as Baby Tabassum)


Set in the 16th century AD, the movie brings to life the tale of the doomed love affair between the Mughal Crown Prince Saleem and the beautiful, ill-fated court dancer, whose fervor and intensity perpetrates a war between the prince and his father the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, and threatens to bring an empire to its knees. Written by Hrishi Dixit <>

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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Emperor of the Mughals  »

Box Office


INR 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,258 (USA) (1 April 2005)


$161,434 (USA) (6 May 2005)

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(1960) | (2004 colorized)

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(2004 re-release)|


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The song "Ae Mohabbat Zindabad" had Mohammad Rafi sing with a backup chorus of 100 singers. See more »


[Salim is on his way to be sealed in a brick wall]
Prince Saleem: Do you see any fear in your son's face?
Empress Jodha Bai: Absolutely not, I have trust in my blood. I came to congratulate you - a true Rajput prince may even have death as his bride.
[she places a garland Bahar gives her on his neck. Bahar's face is tear-stained]
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Crazy Credits

2004: The End Credits play the song 'Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya' and its 1960 end credits are adjacent to the 2004 (Technicians) credits. See more »


Referenced in Shreemaan Aashique (1993) See more »


Hume Kaash Tumse
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Written by Shakeel Badayuni
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8 June 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen the black and white original of Mughal E Azam since the '80's, but I recently saw the restored revived colourised 2004 re-release for the first time and was astounded by the results. I'm not a believer in messing around with the originals, but bearing in mind director Asif always wanted to make the whole film in colour but didn't have enough money the "final" product is amazing to see - such is technology! It was incredibly expensive to make as it was, the restoration process must have cost a fabulous amount too.

Seminal Indian epic purporting to deal with events from about 400 years ago around Prince Saleem (Dilip Kumar) falling in love with a court dancer Anarkali (Madhubala) to his father Akbar's utter opposition and eventually causing a rift leading to all out war. The drama and war spectacle scenes are memorable enough, with thousands of humans and animals as extras, and the music is uniformly superb too. But it's Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (If I have loved someone>why should I be afraid?) sung by Anarkali (Lata) to the 2 of them in the Hall Of Mirrors that is absolutely stunning - I will have to get the original and compare, because the remaster seems to have turned this song into something even more magical and mesmerising than I remembered. It took Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni one night to compose music and lyrics so timeless - a colourful piece of poetry in motion, with the insistent kaleidoscopic climax added by Asif. Awesome! According to the legend it was supposed to have an unhappy ending - needless to say I'm glad it was altered here to a happy one after such a roller-coaster ride!

A tremendous work of Art, showing the very best of Indian cinema.

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