I haven't seen the black and white original of Mughal E Azam since the '80's, but I recently saw the restored revived colourised 2004 re-release for the first time and was astounded by the results. I'm not a believer in messing around with the originals, but bearing in mind director Asif always wanted to make the whole film in colour but didn't have enough money the "final" product is amazing to see - such is technology! It was incredibly expensive to make as it was, the restoration process must have cost a fabulous amount too.
Seminal Indian epic purporting to deal with events from about 400 years ago around Prince Saleem (Dilip Kumar) falling in love with a court dancer Anarkali (Madhubala) to his father Akbar's utter opposition and eventually causing a rift leading to all out war. The drama and war spectacle scenes are memorable enough, with thousands of humans and animals as extras, and the music is uniformly superb too. But it's Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (If I have loved someone>why should I be afraid?) sung by Anarkali (Lata) to the 2 of them in the Hall Of Mirrors that is absolutely stunning - I will have to get the original and compare, because the remaster seems to have turned this song into something even more magical and mesmerising than I remembered. It took Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni one night to compose music and lyrics so timeless - a colourful piece of poetry in motion, with the insistent kaleidoscopic climax added by Asif. Awesome! According to the legend it was supposed to have an unhappy ending - needless to say I'm glad it was altered here to a happy one after such a roller-coaster ride!
A tremendous work of Art, showing the very best of Indian cinema.
Haha -- when I see comments that put Kuch Kuch Hota Hain or any other formulaic hindi flick as "the best film ever" they obviously didn't see K. Asif's vision of Mughal-e-Azam. From Prithviraj Kapoor's magnificent rendering of the imposing Emperor Akbar to Dalip Kumar's obvious love for the spectacular Madhubhala. The exquisite Urdu dialogues is of course not for the neophyte. But for those that can appreciate the finer things in life -- not some cloying Hum Apke Hain Kaun or Shah Rukh Khan's obsession with bleeding and overacting in every single film -- Mughal-e-Azam fits the bill perfectly.
A true masterpiece,featuring some of the greatest actors ever to grace the Indian screen.Prithviraj Kapoor,the doyen of Indian Cinema is Akbar himself and Dilip Kumar & Madhubala both put in sterling performances There is a question as to whether the storyline was actually true but the very nature of the story indicates the level of religious tolerance that existed at the time of Akbar.Akbar's wife Rani Jodhabhai was a hindu and that was the mughal method of building bridges with their hindu subjects.The role of Akbar would really serve as a model for religious amity today.The major issue Akbar had in consenting to the marriage of dancer Anarkali(represented by Madhubala) and Prince Salim(Dilip Kumar) was the class status.After all it was the 16th century All in all,a grand spectacle which showcases Indian culture at its very best and grandest and leaves one to wonder at the relative deterioration in subsequent centuries
This film is by far one of the best, I have seen. One is sure to be mesmerized by the love affair, the Mughal Emperor and the India of that time. The film being in Urdu language also adds originality and aura. The dialogs and direction is superb. The voice of late Prithvi Raj Kapoor as Akbar is beyond compare. Salim, played by Dilip Kumar is one of his best known acting and film. Madhubala seems great, and I definitely feel, she rivals any modern day actress in her beauty, grace and boldness and courage. I watched the latest 2004 re-release of this film in a theater and the experience was superb. I had earlier watched the movie (earlier release) in television before, but the latest release in colour and Dolby digital sound adds to the experience. Talking about a Hindi film, one definitely has to applaud it's songs. Based on Classical music, the songs adds life to the film and are strongly linked with the story-line as well. The best part I felt as a modern gen. guy is the passion and the customs and respect towards his/her duties and elders and system. Akbar's court was also known his secular principles. He had cordial relations with Rajputs(Hindu) too with his wife Jodha Bai herself being from Rajput clan and Man Singh as the head of his infantry. The movie shows the love and emotions through powerful poetic words (dialoges). This is one of the best parts of this film. One can learn many things from this film and is sure to bring in oneself an increased understanding towards one's duties and sacrifice. A must watch for one and for all ... and do watch with keenness and each word spoken in the movie is worth it.
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...
Mughal-e-Azam is indeed a colossal of a movie and its spell binding appeal and courtly grandeur has been further enhanced by the recently released color version.
Dilip Kumar, the icon of Indian Cinema and its first super star as well, has rendered complete resonance to the hedonistic persona of prince Saleem. The love travails of the myth of Anarkali have been splendidly captured on the tinsel screen through the superb portrayal by both, Madhu Bala and legendary Dilip Kumar. Besides, Pirthvi RajKapoor has also projected the required prestige and magnitude to the role of Emperor Akbar. It is worth watching, another time in color scope.
Mughal-e-Azam may represent history both of India and of film but, as in any good tale, the tensions within and between the characters surprised me by being fresh and immediate. The sheer visual beauty was worth the full-price theatre ticket at a special showing in Richmond. I was a little skeptical beforehand about the colorization--but this is done lovingly as an art in itself and fully supportive of the cinematographic effects of the original filming. Completely enjoyed it! Also a source of pleasure: the traditional figures come to life, and the actors are committed to their characters with depth of sincerity that insures integrity of the story. Now--questions that came out of the theatre with me regarding justice: was it "might makes right"? Was there another justice than this tyrannic "scale" of the Emperor's? Does the Emperor reward the Sculptor to acknowledge a higher Cause, the "Emperor of Emperors"? Is his fatal role the reason the Sculptor (creator of true images) has no name? It was he who brought Amarkali into the court with a prophesy of what would come of it. While the Sculptor seems to be an arm of Fate, so the courtesan Bahar (deliciously played by Nigar Sultana) also administers Fate as she manipulates actions and outcomes. What will her reward be? Is there any other Justice than the Emperor's? Is her self-seeking malice considered so inevitable that Fate does not touch her, in turn? If my answers lie in further reading into these histories, so be it . . . In the meantime, the scenes of the movie play out in my mind as I wonder about fate, justice, and--of course--human love. After the movie, in the theatre lobby, a young woman spotted a mouse skittering from the auditorium across the lobby into a closet. I believe it was Sri Ganesha's vehicle.
The ostentatious look, the unforgettable music, the awesome war scenes, superb performances, the well-known romance between Salim and Anarkalis MUGHAL-E-AZAM will always remain as a point of reference.
After 44 years, this masterpiece has been released after reviving it in color (the original version was 85 percent black and white and 15 percent colour), with an upgraded, contemporary sound system (Dolby Digital).
The Story is about the Ruler Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) and Queen Jodha (Durga Khote) give birth to a son, Salim, after years of prayer.
Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) grows into a commendable combatant. Salim falls in love with court dancer Anarkali (Madhubala). Initially wary of his affections because of the difference in their positions, she soon reciprocates his love.
Akbar finds out about the affair and that creates a rift between the father and son.
It is a must see movie for every moviegoer for its pure canvass, for its majestic framing and not just for being a colorful costume drama, for its romance, for the glorious Sheesh Mahal and also for our fake filmmakers (like karan johar, aditya chopra, nikhil advani, kunal kohli and many others like them) who cannot think beyond Manhattan and singing heroes and have light years to reach this level of film-making.
MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for those who have seen it in B & W. Now watch it in color and experience the grandeur. MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for todays generation, who, perhaps, may not have watched this classic. Watch this epic and you will realize the difference between the cinema of yore and the cinema of today. MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for every moviegoer. Here is a prime example of pure, unadulterated cinema. 4 ½ Out of 5
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.
Mughal-e-Azam is the culmination of a dream, of a man possessed to make this movie - K Asif. (He made only one other completed movie) He spared no costs to produce this period drama.
For instance, the grandeur of a set for the "Sheesh Mahal" (i.e. the palace of mirrors) appears for only a few seconds in the final print, meant a lots of peculiar challenges for the cameras and lighting, it cost a fortune, but K Asif still used it.
R D Mathur's cinematography is brilliant. He used 8 cameras simultaneously, for filming the battle scenes, which are surprisingly realistic for a 1950s Bollywood movie. The close-ups of the romantic scenes are also done very well.
Dilip Kumar and Madhubala's performances and their on-screen chemistry are great. Especially if you consider the fact that they had a break-up in real life, and Dilip Kumar appeared as a witness against Madhubala in a court case!
Performances by Prithviraj Kapoor and Durga Khote might appear a bit too dramatic and overdone.
The dialogues of this movie are very poetic and crisp. (I am not sure if translations and sub-titles could do proper justice to them)
Western audiences would find this film a bit long, and then it has that compulsory ingredient of any bollywood movie - the songs. (Which are good if you understand the language and the poetry)
This is not to say that film doesn't have its flaws - to show Akbar as a compassionate king and to have a "happy ending" Asif changed the popular legend by letting Anarkali escape through the false bottom of the wall that opens out into a tunnel unknown to Salim. This defies the internal logic of the tragic love story.
But then even Ben Hur had that car in the chariot race!
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?."
I was amazed to see how good the movie was. It was much better than what I had expected. It shows the love story of the mughal emperor Akbar's son Salim with the singer/maid Anarkali. Akbar orders death penalty to anarkali. But the last moment twist in the story is not what everyone hopes for. It depicts the sound judgment of Akbar. The music is also good. Lata's voice is marvellous. The war scene is filmed very well keeping in mind the kind of special effects available at that time. All the actors performances are brilliant. Prithviraj Kapoor and Dipil Kumar's clash is to look out for. Madhubala is as beautiful as always. This movie is must watch for all Indian classic movie lovers.
Now that's what we call a timeless classic. Mughal-e-Azam is arguably the BIGGEST production in Indian cinema ever. According to estimates, if the movie was made in present day with same magnitude, it would have cost around 3 times the costliest Hindi movie made. But big budget is not the only thing big about the movie, its just one of them. This masterpiece directed by K.Asif unleashes the Mughal era on the big screen in a simply magnificent manner. The sheer magic of cinema grips you all through, and though the movie runs for longer time than an average Hindi movie, you really don't ever feel dragged. The dialog in pure Urdu, the magical music, amazing dance sequences, unforgettable songs, and amazing performances by the entire cast and the scale and magnitude of the film...you actually start living in the Mughal era. Prithviraj Kapoor portrays emperor Akbar with élan, Dilip Kumar as Salim lend realism to the character and stunning Madhubala pulls of the Anarkali role with effortless ease. The film was re released in color and Dolby sound version, which again created history at the box office, confirming that pure magic never dies down. If you are planning to watch a great Hindi film, its a sin to skip this one. Simply FANTASTIC !
Its one of the best made movies ever, Excellent characterization starting from Anarkali (Madhubala, the best actress India has ever produced.), to Akbar, to Salim, even supporting actors characters are too good like Durjan singh, and Manaraja Mansingh. The twists and turns of the movie keeps you guessing and always on your toes. Its one of the best and most celebrated movie of India cinema. The music and lyrics you will keep rhyming for days after watching the movie. The new color version of the old classic has given viewers one more chance to view the hugely celebrated movie.
Note: I've marked the spoiler sign- but this is a well known myth so no surprises here (not even the ending- which is also a popular myth where Anarkali comes back as NurJahan).
Prepare to be dazzled. A luscious feast for the senses, the new restored & colorized version allows us to appreciate the fine attention to detail. The colors are breathtaking- and that is when I realized that Sanjay Leela Bhansali- much as I like that director- isn't all that original. K. Asif got there first. Bhansali tried to do the lavish sets, gorgeous costumes, attention to detail, assault of color in Devdas. But K. Asif got there first- and without the digital technology of today.
That is only the film's visual victory over your defenses. When there is silence in a scene- you can only just hear the fountains, and the crystal droplets of the "shama daans" or lamps tinkling in the soft breeze. And then there are the gorgeous, tight, beautifully written dialogs rendered in chaste Urdu (by all actors, regardless of religion- Prithviraj Kapoor's progeny might like to take a feather off his cap, and polish up their enunciation - really there is no reason why the poet Ghalib must be referred to as Gaalib by today's lazy actors). It was a relief to my ears which are usually accosted in even the best Karan Johar entertainer, by an unfortunately politicized and degraded Hindustani.
Then there are the performances. Albeit some performances and dialogs are melodramatic, over-the-top- especially the ones with the mother, Queen Jodha Bai, yet one must understand the requirement of the time, as well as the archetypes that were (and are) close to the heart of the audiences. These often have religious and mythological overtones which most people would immediately have picked up on- the mother, the wife, the beloved.
Technically, so much has been said about the cinematography, especially in the dance scene in the Hall Of Mirrors, and the battle scenes- that I wont repeat them- but I'll just say- pay attention to these and remember these scenes were shot despite the limitations of available technology. Amazing! Finally- the fabulous on screen chemistry of Dilip Kumar and Madhubala. With his nuanced acting and the slightest inflection in tone conveying volumes- Dilip Kumar is simply arresting and with her naughty, flirtatious first dance as Radha, Madhubala conveys the passionate Anarkali. Their scenes together are never vulgar or titillating- just terribly erotic- sensuous- again tactile: Prince Salim brushing a feather against Anarkali's skin...
Really- there's so much more to write- but I'll just say that there is a reason this is a classic. Enough said.
Mughul-E-Azam boasts of some of the highest production values employed in filmmaking in India up to that point, and the result is astounding, to say the least. The film is a true cinematic experience in terms of aesthetics, and be it the black-and-white or the colour version, it is an unforgettable visual treat. The sets, the costumes, are stunningly lavish, almost to the point of casting a gloom over the story itself. And then we have the story, an epic, poetic one, which involves a most subtle love story. The dialogue is stupendous, with many lines having a memorable, larger-than-life quality which enhances the narrative beyond imagination. The music is similarly fantastic, with spectacularly performed dance numbers. Needless to say, "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya" is the high-point of the film and the story it tells. Prithviraj Kapoor is excellent in a wonderfully dramatic and appropriately theatrical performance as Emperor Akbar. Dilip Kumar seems to enjoy his own, mere presence, while underplaying his role to great effect. It is Madhubala, however, who walks away with the most fully-realised part of Anarkali, a slave girl whose dignity cannot be taken away at any cost. I found the film a greatly entertaining watch, and while I had a problem with its overlong running time, as well as some faulty sequences, such as the less convincing battle between the father and son, Mughul-E-Azam remains a meticulous piece of art, and a rightly-touted all-time classic of Indian cinema.
This was the first Indian movie I ever watched, on the recommendation of a friend and if this is how Indians make movies, I really want to watch many more. This movie is a made on a phenomenally grand scale (think BenHur or Gone with the Wind). Each frame seems like a work of art and while the subtitles may have stolen some of the richness of original dialog, the screenplay and expressions of the actors was enough to convey the depth of the storyline. I was absolutely floored by the exquisitely beautiful and talented actress in the lead role- MADHUBALA ! She shines with such a natural and wholesome radiance and commands every scene in which she is present. In the first song where she is introduced, I dare say that she is a close match to the greatest Hollywood beauties of her time (think of a classic Ava Gardner combined with a teasing Marilyn Monroe). She looks authentically scared, scarred and tortured in scenes in where she is imprisoned or tied up in chains and in her interactions with the powerful King, her acting is perfection.
Sort of Indian cinema's 'Gone With the Wind' in its scale and impact, this huge 3 hour epic started slowly for me, feeling awkward, dated, and a little stagy.
But then, I found myself unexpectedly swept up in this story of a prince defying his father for love of a woman, really enjoying it, and wanting to see how the story would turn out.
Some amazing set design, and some beautiful songs, along with often really strong cinematography.
2 versions of film exist. It was originally released in 1960, mostly in black and, but with two reels in color. Filmmaker Asif had wanted to make the whole film in color, but lacked the funds. In 2004 it was re-released in a version that colorized the black and white reels. While that would normally be a film sacrilege to me, in this case it was done with loving care, at great expense, and with the intention of finishing Asif's version the way he wanted. I actually own both versions.
Following the advice of what seemed the majority of critics I watched the colorized version first, and was shocked to find it really worked for me. Maybe the early Indian color process had a slightly unreal look that let the reels that were originally in color blend just about seamlessly with the colorized reels, but in any case the whole worked wonderfully.
On the other hand I recently watched the film again, this time in the original mostly black and white/2 reels in color version. I found that somewhat less satisfying. The magic of the piece seemed dimmed, the fairy tale sense of being in another world less constantly palpable. The sets felt less amazing, and details didn't catch my eye the same way.
The Eros release is pretty high quality for the color and the Shameroo/Eros is OK for the older black and white/color combination. That print is very beat up, but at least the image seems sharp. (As with many Indian films there are lots of weak knock off releases that look like someone just burned a VHS tape onto DVD).
I loved this movie; though I can't say that every part of it was perfect, it was very close to perfection. I loved the music, the dances, the culture, and the depiction of India during the Mughal empire. I especially loved the purity of the language, though I couldn't understand every word because a significant portion of it was in Urdu whereas I'm Hindu.
That said, this is certainly not THE best Bollywood movie ever. Many people seem to think that, and many articles call it the #1 Bollywood movie, but there've been many other movies that I felt were better. Aamir Khan's movies, for example, are more appealing to the newer generation, and have much more to teach.
This is not a movie but a peek into Indian culture which History Buffs would really cherish. From insisting on real pearls for a scene to getting the best classical dancer in India to choreograph his heroine & to getting the best vocalist (who never sang for any other movie) to provide the backdrop to the most iconic love scene in Indian film history the director K Asif created this masterpiece over a period of 12 years. Mughal E Azam is synonymous with scale - the grandness of its sets, the loftiness of its dialogue, the brilliance of its actors, the astuteness of its photography (check out the sequence in the palace of mirrors) as well as the timelessness of its music. If you have to watch one India Movie, this is it
Imagine if you were handed an iPhone back in 1990's when Mobile phones had just emerged. What would your reaction be? Irrespective of your age you would be too overcome by the magic and perfection of the creation to comment on it. This is exactly what Mughal E Azam did. Every single frame of the movie is a piece of art and a tribute to perfection in cinema.Many people have said this before that K Asif was sent on this planet to create Mughal E Azam ,that was his sole purpose of life. Choosing a timeless story and enacting it on cinema by ensuring that every single inch of the movie frame is filled with perfection and passion is no easy feat. K Asif the director of this movie almost made the producers bankrupt during the production of the movie but boy did he pay them back by creating a piece of history. Coming to the movie, the direction, acting, music, sets.....Oh boy don't get me started on the sets, imagine the sets were so lavish and close to perfection that the Heads of states from across the world visiting India would make it a point to visit the Sheeshmahal ( Glass palace) , which was depicted as Akbars palace. The costumes,weaponry every single piece of dress costume and accessories by extras and main characters were made and inspired by original materials. The chains used for imprisoning Madhubala were real and so heavy that she ended up having fever, the battle scenes with real elephants and horses along with armoury were so intense that there were casualties. Coming to the acting of the stars, Prithivraj Kapoor as Akbar, dwarfs every single character. His acting, emotion, dialogues, voice modulation and the baritone used just draws you in. You feel his presence in every shot, you feel that is what an Emperor must feel and look like. The romance of Dilip Kumar and Madhubala on screen literally sets the screen on fire. Its more passionate and romantic then all the romantic movies put together along with the sleaze they throw at us under the guise of cinema and art. The music is oh so perfect, every song takes the story forward. I would also like to mention that supporting actors like Ajit who played Durjan and the characters of Maan Singh and Joda Bhai were played by actors, real actors who knew their art well and gave us the privilege of admiring their talent. The dialogues of this movie i doubt can ever be surpassed by any movie, the kind of garbage movies with garbage dialogues being penned these days It would be practically impossible to create any movie with the same standards of Mughal E Azam. The weight and susbtance ineach dialogue , its delivery by the actors and the way it sounds on the screen, was their ever another movie penned in such a grand way. Don't watch Mughal E Azam for its lavish sets, or the perfect cast, or the mesmerizing acting, or the dialogues or the songs or the dance, or the fact that people in 60's would line up weeks in advance camping outside the theater for tickets, or the period it depicts or the work of the director.............Watch it for what Cinema was meant to be, watch it as a tribute to what Cinema was created for. Watch it to see what perfection on screen looks like! Just watch it!!!!!! Giving it a rating would be an insult to Cinema so as a humble movie goer I can only go as high as the rating would allow me to, where as the reality is Mughal E Azam is above all of it. Thankyou K Asif for your passion, madness and single minded pursuit of excellence.
Well... what to say about the greatest film in the history of India... Mughal-E-Azam is a film which can never die or be forgotten. It is impossible for this film to be forgotten.
Story- Argubaly the greatest story ever formed.. Falling in love with a low class maid, revolting against own father and finally parting ways forever..
Acting- Dilip Kumar as Salim leaves you speechless and so does the ethereal beauty Madhubala as Ananrkali. Prithviraj Kapoor as King Akbar steals the show. In supporting roles- Durga Khote as Jodha Bai, Nigar Sultana as the evil meddlesome Bahar deliver a promising performance. A 'Perfect' casting for a film.
Music- Pyar Kiya To Darna- Picturised on Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote, Nigar Sultana still is the grandest song ever.
Mohe Panghat Pe- Picturised on Madhubala, Kumar, Kapoor, Khote is still played on Lord Krishna's Janmasthmi.
Teri Mehfil Mein- Picturised on Madhubala, Nigar, Kumar is arguably the best duet till date.
Other hits like Mohabbat Ki Jhooti, Humen Kash Tumse, Jab Raat Hai Aisi, Aye Mohabbat Zindabad, Bekas Pe Karam Kijiye, Khuda Nigeheban, Aye Ishq Yeh Sab Duniyawale... are still remembered today...
Epic film is epic. The story is so simple and factual that you need not read the biography of the emperors of this movie. Emotions are best expressed through the vigilant characters, played by exceptional thespian artists.
You'll need to 3 hours to perceive the totality of this movie because it is a woven book of magnificence, talent and grandeur. Not to mention the music which went on to become one of the greatest soundtracks. All the songs, are indeed emotion pumping and perfect for the scene it plays for.
Direction, screenplay and the restoration into color - everything is so majestic, you will want to watch it again and again, provided you were successful in creating that ancient, old mindset required for this movie.
K Asif's classic cinema delivers more than it proposes and is for sure a treat to your eyes, emotion quotient and the way of thinking! Splendid!
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
Language: No. But the words used are very colloquial and dialect. Sex: No Nudity: No Violence: Mild
A very finely made epic with a all-star cast,great screenplay,music,songs and direction.Some of the dialogue is immortal.I have heard it said that Dilip Kumar was outstanding but i find his performance dull and uninteresting.The stars are Madhubala and Prithviraj.If ever i wanted someone to play Akbar it would be Prithviraj.Madhubala was in her prime in this movie.The scene where she tears off her jewelery after drugging Dilip is so good and so well filmed that it becomes the whole love story itself.The dialogue is beautiful.Ajit,Murad and Durga Khotay also excel themselves.The oddity is the pale-faced Dilip.It happens that expect in Tarana,he always seems subdued whenever he is paired with Madhubala.Mughal-e-Azam is a classic but historically it is based on a myth and has no resemblance to the truth about Akbar and Jahangir.