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Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 5 August 1960 (India)
A 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.

Director:

K. Asif

Writers:

K. Asif (screenplay), Aman (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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

love | emperor | prince | mughal | dancer | See All (44) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Urdu

Release Date:

5 August 1960 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Emperor of the Mughals See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,258, 3 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$161,434, 8 May 2005
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sterling Investment Corp. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1960) | (2004 colorized)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (2004 re-release)| Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

K. Asif 's magnum opus has gained a cult status over the years. Considered to be one of the most iconic and landmark films in the history of Hindi cinema, Mughal-E-Azam set the standards high. Starring Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor, this epic is known for its direction, music, sets, costumes and also for the lead pair: Madhubala and Dilip Kumar. Sweeping all major awards, Mughal -E-Azam revolves around the story of Mughal Emperor Salim and his love for a court dancer - Anarkali and how their romance angers Salim's father Akbar. While this story is a popular one that was depicted with grandeur on the silver screen, here are some lesser known facts about the film. See more »

Quotes

[Anarkali has been sent to prison]
Prince Saleem: Treat me as a father and not as a king and give me my Anarkali!
Emperor Akbar: Though I am a beloved father to a kind son, I can't ignore the duties of an emperor. I cannot change the destiny of India for my son's love.
Prince Saleem: Times change, emperors change, destinies change... but when love grips a person, that person does not change!
Emperor Akbar: Salim, you must change, you must!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The original version is in B/W and only one song 'Pyar kiya to darna kya...' was shot in color as most of the film (by the time color technology was available) was complete. This was at the end of almost 10 years that the film was being completed. However, the year 2004 re-release is re-mastered from the original B/W version to Color with Dolby Digital sound and some visual enhancements. See more »

Connections

Version of Dastaan-E-Mohabbat: Salim Anarkali (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Bekas Pe Karam Kijiye
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus
Music composed by Naushad
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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Splendid portrayal of communal harmony of Medieval India
30 April 2006 | by sam_sdSee all my reviews

I have seen it several times. Excellent performance by each & every character "Mughal Emperor Akbar - Zealous Prithiviraj", "Maharani Jodha Bai - Motherly Durga Khote", "Prince Salim -Bold Dilip Kumar", "Anarkali Servant Girl - Beautiful Madhubala".

Carefully made & splendid effort by team to portray the communal harmony enjoyed by people of those times. The best part is the friendship of Durjan (Ajit) and Prince Salim, he sacrifices life for the honor of Prince.

Prithiviraj Kapoor gets full points for his role as a emperor who keeps his promises made to his subjects, adamant/uncompromising to lower the dignity of his empire. His dialog with Prince on refusal to accept slave girl as future Queen of Hindustan "Malum Hua! Ek rakkasa (dancer) ko tum Hindustan ki malika (Queen) banana chahte ho?."


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