Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

 |  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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Technical Specs


(1960) | (2004 colorized)

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The first full feature-length movie to be revived/colorized for a theatrical re-release in the history of world cinema. It has been done for some Hollywood movies but only for re-release on home video. See more »


Prince Saleem: Are you here to forgive a traitor's fault?
Emperor Akbar: No, I am here as an unfortunate father, whom people called king, comes to see a displeased son and seek his love.
Prince Saleem: Your love woke up after ruining your son's love?
Emperor Akbar: [pleading with his son] I swear by God, I am not an enemy of love but a slave of my own principles!
Prince Saleem: And so Salim himself is a slave of his love!
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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 Mar Mitenge (1988) See more »


Prem Jogan Ban Ke
Sung by Bare Gulam Ali Khan
Music composed by Naushad
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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A love epic on a grand scale...
3 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When one thinks of great movies they remember the classics such as gone with the wind, Ben hur etc... but let us not forget one of the greatest cinematic triumphs of Hindi Cinema Mughal-e-Azam a film set in the times of the great Moughul Empire. Having seen both the part B/W and Colour and the remastered full colour version I can truly say that the colourised version truly brings out the true glory of this amazing classic putting it in a league way beyond the Classics of today. The dialogue is simply superb and the acting truly amazing modern filmmakers could learn thing or two about acting. The cinematography is simply stunning for a movie of its time. the grandeur and opulence of the sets really comes out in full colour. The story though not very relevant for modern times shows the views and attitudes of India's past. a truly great film to watch...

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