Misunderstandings arises between Akbar and his son Salim when he disapproves his son's love.Misunderstandings arises between Akbar and his son Salim when he disapproves his son's love.Misunderstandings arises between Akbar and his son Salim when he disapproves his son's love.
The story is well-known. Prince Salim falls in love with an ordinary girl named as Naadira who is rechristened as Anaarkali. Mughal emperor Akbar isn't ready to allow his the only son to marry an ordinary girl. The clash of the father and the son on this issue, finally reaches a tragic culmination and the prince loses the love of his life forever.
However the significant thing about this love-legend is that it's not supported by the history despite the Mughal prince Salim who later got known as Emperor Jahaangir being a real personality because there is no mention of the character of Anaarkali anywhere in the history. That's why this tragic love legend is considered an imaginary story because the character of the female itself is imaginary. Quite naturally, the other events shown in the movies made on this story are also not considered as historical truths.
And this is the reason why there is a difference in the scripts of the movies made on this movie because not being based on historical truths, this theme is open to molding and twisting for the pens of different script-writers. The events shown in Anaarkali are different from those shown in Mughal-e-Aazam and though the climax is equally tragic in both the movies and takes shape in a similar way, it has been given another, final and more interesting twist in Mughal-e-Aazam whereas in Anaarkali, the obvious only is shown and conveyed to the audience.
Considering the quality of the story, this period movie should have been made on a large scale with high production value. However it is not as grandiose and magnificent when watched on the screen as we expect it to be so, especially when it is contrasted with Mughal-e-Aazam which came seven years later to it. Technically, it is okay though. The story flows very well with the help of many melodious songs and impressive dialogs. The complete team including the director (Nandlaal Jaswantlaal) has worked hard and made a decent movie.
Pradeep Kumar and Beena Roy were perhaps an ideal on-screen couple. They have come together in certain movies and have always complimented each other very well on the screen. The biggest example of their amazing on-screen chemistry is Taj Mahal (1963), another period movie which came ten years later to Anaarkali. However they look quite good in this movie too and perfectly fit the bill for their respective roles. Very pretty Beena Roy has done well in the title role whereas Pradeep Kumar was always an ideal choice for costume dramas. Other actors including Mubaarak as Akbar are also well in place.
The greatest asset of this movie is undoubtedly the timeless music composed by C. Ramachandra with the lyrics penned by Shailendra and Rajinder Krishan. Lata Mangeshkar has given voice to most of the female songs including the immortal Yeh Zindagi Usi Ki Hai, Jo Kisi Ka Ho Gaya, Pyar Hi Mein Kho Gaya. Hemant Kumar has given voice to the male songs. Jaag Dard-e-Ishq Jaag, Zindagi Pyar Ki Do Chaar Ghadi Hoti Hai, Aye Baad-e-Saba Aahista Chal, Mohabbat Aisi Dhadkan Hai, Aa Ja Ab To Aa Ja Meri Kismet Ke Kharidaar, Mujhse Mat Pooch Mere Ishq Mein Kya Rakha Hai, Mohabbat Mein Aise Kadam Dagmagaaye, Dua Kar Gham-e-Dil Khuda Se Dua Kar etc. are all real gems which the music-lovers can keep on listening to without getting tired. There is only one song in the movie which has been prepared by a different team of composer, lyricist and singer. It's Aa Jaan-e-Wafa Aa which has been written by eminent Shaayar Janaab Jaanisaar Akhtar, composed by Basant Prakaash and sung by Geeta Dutt.
Overall, Anaarkali is a nice entertaining movie made on the legend of Salim-Anaarkali. We will never be sure as to whether really there was some girl known as Anaarkali (it's said that her real name was Naadira) in the life of the Mughal prince Salim (later became famous as Jahaangir) or not. But those who believe in true love, will always consider it as real only. It's definitely some notches below the epic known as Mughal-e-Aazam, still it's worth watching. If you love its songs, then you will definitely like it.
- Jul 2, 2014