Mughal-e-Azam is one of the greatest movies of all time directed by K. Asif is still captivating even after its release in 1960. Veteran Actors like Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala got inseparable from their onscreen personas of Akbar, Salim, and Anarkali.
Jaano Mughal-e-Azam Ke Baare Mein
- The film is inspired by the play “Anarkali” written by Imtiaz Ali ‘Taj’ in 1922 and was finally drafted in 1931.
- Set in Lahore, it’s a fascinating story that revolves around the building of love between a young lady and the crown sovereign.
- The screenplay that premiered on the big screens in India on 5 August 1960 was created by the best bunch of screenwriters alive in that era: Aman, Kamal Amrohi, Wajahat Mirza, Ehsan Rizvi, and K. Asif. Dhamaka toh hona hi tha fir!
Aisa Kya Mughlai Tha Mughal-e-Azam Ki Story Mein?
- The film narrates a well-known story of an extraordinary conqueror, Akbar (played by Prithviraj Kapoor) and his Rajput spouse, Mariam-uz-Zamani (played by Durga Khote). Mariam gives birth to a weak but charming child, Salim (played by Dilip Kumar).
- Salim falls in love with Anarkali (Madhubala), a court artist. He desires to marry her. However, his dad rejects her and imprisons Anarkali. Despite being in jail, Anarkali does not betray Salim.
- Salim challenges his dad and is defeated in the fight. He is denounced to death. Anarkali argues for his life in return for her own and is sentenced to be walled up alive.
- It was later discovered that Akbar owed some help to Anarkali’s mom.
- Anarkali’s mom manipulates this and asks for her girl’s life. The mastermind orders Anarkali’s departure from exile.
- Tragically, it is yet to be documented that Anarkali was murdered, and Salim remained heartbroken.
- The screenplay was the product of the masterminds: Aman, Kamal Amrohi, Wajahat Mirza, Ehsan Rizvi, as well as K Asif.
Mughal-e-Azam Ke Nirdeshak (Director)
- In 1944 Asif scheduled to release the film, but before the film could go on the floors, Chandramohan died.
- Around then, Asif incidentally left the film until additional notification. He worked in the film Hulchul, making it in 1951.
- At that time, Asif requested Mughal-e-Azam with Dilip Kumar in the male lead and Madhubala in the female lead. Film creation began in 1951 itself.
- In 1960, around sixteen years, Mughal-e-Azam was premiered and turned into a big hit at film houses across India.
- After the premiere and accomplishment of Mughal-e-Azam, Asif made one more film called “Love and God”.
- The main lead of the film was Guru Dutt. Nimmi was cast in the female lead.
- Nonetheless, in 1964, when lead entertainer Guru Dutt died unexpectedly, the shooting stopped.
- At that point, Asif recast Sanjeev Kumar as the male lead and continued the creation of the film.
- During the time, K Asif passed on 9 March 1971 at 48 years old. The film was deserted. In 1986, Asif’s widow, Akhtar Asif, produced the film in an incomplete pattern.
Making Of The Greatest Of All Time: Mughal-e-Azam
- Asif had intended to make Mughal-e-Azam in 3-languages: Hindi, Tamil and English. While the Hindi adaptation turned into a super hit, the Tamil language part was a loss at the box office. Thus Asif dropped dubbing the movie in English (in the voices of British entertainers).
- Tailors were brought from Delhi to fasten the ensembles, experts from Surat were employed to do the weaving, goldsmiths from Hyderabad planned gems, specialists from Kolhapur dealt with the crowns, ironsmiths from Rajasthan made the weaponry and shoemakers from Agra delivered the imperial footwear.
- For the fight scenes, 2,000 cameras, 4,000 ponies and 8,000 warriors were utilized.
- The majority of the officers were assumed to have come from the Jaipur Regiment of the Indian Army.
- Although the film was made in colour, the complete digital colouring was distributed in 2004.
- It was the primary Indian film to be distributed in Pakistan after Indian motion pictures were prohibited there, following the 1965 war.
Did You Know?
- During the making of Mughal-e-Azam, Asif was so much into debt that he had to buy cigarettes and paan in credit.
- The statue of Krishna assigned in the films was of pure gold.
- Cinematographer RD Mathur had to endeavour a lot with the lighting technique for the famous Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya song.
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