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Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005)

The story of Shah Jahan...the love of his life...the life of his love...and his monument to love, the Taj Mahal.

Director:

Akbar Khan

Writers:

Mohafiz Hyder (dialogue), Akbar Khan | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Zulfi Sayed Zulfi Sayed ... Shah Jahan - young
Sonya Jehan Sonya Jehan ... Arjumand Bano / Mumtaz Mahal
Kabir Bedi ... Shah Jahan - old
Arbaaz Khan ... Aurangzeb
Pooja Batra ... Noor Jahan
Milind Gunaji
Vaquar Sheikh Vaquar Sheikh ... Darashiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arbaaz Ali Khan Arbaaz Ali Khan ... Emperor Jahangir (as Arbaaz Ali)
Negar Khan Negar Khan ... Princess Kandahari
Shahid Khan Shahid Khan ... Asif Ali Khan
Manisha Koirala ... Princess Jahan Ara
Kim Sharma ... Laadli Begum
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The love of the great Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his wife withstands court intrigue, dynastic betrayal, war and death itself when he builds her the greatest memorial tomb of all time: the Taj Mahal. Written by Baseline Filmtracker (Studio System)

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death | dance | royalty | power | mausoleum | See All (15) »

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A tribute... to the timeless love of a king for his wife...cast in stone... for eternity... See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | India | Pakistan

Language:

Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

May 2006 (Pakistan) See more »

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Dolby | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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For the sequences where Shah Jahan kept looking at the Taj Mahal from his chamber, a miniature model of the Taj was created to get the right perspective for the actor and the cameramen. The difficult part was calculating the distance between the Agra fort and the Taj, as that would determine the Taj's size as seen by Shah Jahan. There was an idea to use the original Taj Mahal, but the idea was scrapped due to the difficulty of finding locations. Besides, in the film the Taj is newly built and shining white, whereas currently the Taj, due to age and acid rain, has a distinct yellowish hue. See more »

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Tareef-e- Meena Bazaar
Composed by Naushad
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Excellent!
21 December 2005 | by cribyn44See all my reviews

Having read one or two "iffy" reviews of this film, I went to see it without any great expectations. And, for the first ten or fifteen minutes or so, with all the battles and the intrigues going on between the sons of Shah Jahan, I did wonder what all that had to do with "an eternal love story".

However, when the "real" story of the film got going through the flashback device, I was more than pleasantly surprised - and very pleased - with the film.

I thought everything about the film was great - the colour, the sets, the costumes, and especially the music. As for the acting, one has to make allowances for the sometimes kind of stilted acting and dialogue that these epic Indian films seem to carry with them. Nevertheless, as time went on, you really felt like "hissing" the older queen Noor Jahan and empathising more and more with the young lovers, Prince Khurram and Arjumand. I thought that Zulfi Sayed and Sonya Jehan played the latter very well, whilst I kept thinking how gorgeous Sonya Jehan was! Later, and much to my surprise, I found out that this was her film debut. Let's hope we see much more of her in the future.

What particularly interested me was to see close comparisons in the sets and music of this film with that other great spectacle, "Mughal-E-Azam". That came out especially in the interiors of the great palace, and more particularly in the duet with singers conducted between Arjumand and Laadli Begum in front of Prince Khurram. It was only afterwards that I realised that Naushad had composed the music for both films!

As with "Mughal-E-Azam", this film is one definitely to be seen again, and the DVD purchased tout suit!


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