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Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 1 April 2005 (USA)
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:
Emperor Akbar (as Prithviraj)
Prince Saleem
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)
Jalal Agha ...


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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Drama | Romance | War


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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)

Sound Mix:

(2004 re-release)|


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Did You Know?


Madhubala's heavy jewellery in the film is said to have weighed a lot and would often leave the actress bruised and bedridden for days. According to a report on Movies.ndtv.com, the tickets were dockets that contained trivia and photographs of the film. The Tamil version of Mughal-E-Azam did not do well and the English version was subsequently scrapped. Director Asif wanted Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali to give the voice for Tansen in the film. When the latter refused, Aisf offered to pay him his price. When Ghulam Ali quoted Rs 25,000, Asif immediately agreed and the legend sang Prem Jogan Ban Ke and Shubh Din Aayo Raj Dulara. 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 Zameer: The Awakening of a Soul (1997) See more »


Teri Mehfil Mein Qismat Aazmakar
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum
Music composed by Naushad
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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Timeless Classic.
3 May 2003 | by (Heraganahalli, India) – See all my reviews

K. Asif was the Indian "Cecille B. Demille" (who was known as CB, in the industry)conceived and executed his vision on a grand Scale. There will only be one "Ben-Hur", one "Lawrence of Arabia", one "Sound of Music", one "Sangam", one "Gadar-Ek Prem Katha" and only one "Mughal-E-Azam". The grand scale is evident in the lyrical poetry set into music by music maestro Naushad, which laid the rich tapestry for this Magnum Opus. Prithviraj Kapoor, was the doyen, who started Prithvi theaters and was the patriarc of the Kapoor Clan, which included The older Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Sashi Kapoor. The most talented was Raj kapoor, who was the "Barnum" of the Indian Cinema. He made countless movies and everyone of them a masterpiece, but the best was "Sangam" (1963). Baritone voiced Prithviraj Kapoor, was in the same genre as Charlston Heston,Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton, an actor's actor; a style that was unique and patented. After I watched the movie after three decades, few things stood out-the ornate settings for the Madhubala's (Born as Mumtaz Begum, was married to singer/actor Kishore Kumar, and died at age of 36, from a congenital heart problem), dance sequence, the rich music, the beauty of the yesteryear actresses and the devotion of the directors to make a statement-not just a movie. For current tastes and standards("Dabaang" "Three Idiots" "Housefull 2" produced by the Bollywood suvvar scum maggots,) the movie is a drag, but for the masses in the bygone years that starved for class and elegance, this was a treat. I was not too impressed with Dilip Kumar, as young Prince, most of the time he looked distant and lost. Suffice to say he matured to be good actor ("Ram aur Shyam") in the later years. The two that carried the mantle were Kapoor and Madhubala.

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