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

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

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 <hrishi@slb.com>

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1 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Budget:

INR 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$161,434 (USA) (6 May 2005)
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(1960) | (2004 colorized)

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Trivia

When bookings for the film opened, there was chaos and near-riots at Mumbai's famous Maratha Mandir. Fans reportedly waited in queue for days, with family members ferrying them food from home. The police had to intervene when the crowd, reportedly a 100,000 strong, became too unruly. The tickets were dockets containing photographs and trivia about the film and are now considered collector's items. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Akbar: This plan must work, for if the Prince finds out you are still alive, I will not let you live and he will not let you die!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Kitne Door... Kitne Paas (2002) See more »

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Ae Mohabbat Zindabad
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
Written by Shakeel Badayuni
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Timeless classic
30 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

One of Hindi cinema's best known films ever, It took nine years and enormous expense to complete this historical based in the closing years of Akbar's reign (1556-1605). So lavish were the sets of the film that people used to come from distant places to just see them.

The film narrates the story of Prince Salim's (later Jahangir 1605-1628) love for Anarkali, a singer. A love his father strongly disapproves of. But so strong is Salim's love for Anarkali that he goes to battle against his father. Akbar defeats Salim in battle and orders him to be executed.

However, according to the royal decree, the Salim can be saved from dying if Anarkali dies in his place. Anarkali, spunky woman that she is, however does her own thing by defying Akbar in his palace. The song 'Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya' went on to become one of the most popular songs ever recorded and the Sheesh Mahal created for the song was a major attraction for the crowds.

According to legend, Akbar ordered Anarkali to be walled alive, but the film shows that unknown to Salim, Akbar spares her. A melodrama, rather loudly done, the film had a large star cast including Prithviraj Kapoor as Akbar, Dilip Kumar as Salim, Madhubala (Anarkali) and Durga Khote as Jodha Bai.Its watch worth.


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