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Mughal-e-Azam never fails to amuse us – now a musical

A Bollywood fan can never get enough of Mughal-e-Azam (English: The Great Mughal) , may it be in any form. The original movie featuring Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhu Bala got released in 1960. This period drama showed Salim (Dilip Kumar), emperor Akbar’s son, falling in love with a beautiful courtesan, Anarkali (Madhu Bala).

He is determined to be with her, even if it means waging a hopeless war against his father, Akabr (Prithvi Raj Kapoor). This K. Asif movie took 16 years to see the light of the day after its initial conception. It was plagued by increasing budgets, financial constraints and delays.

Mughal-e-Azam had the widest release of any Indian film up to that time, and patrons often queued all day for tickets. Released on 5 August 1960, it broke box office records in India and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, a distinction it held for 15 years.

Apart from very high production values, this movie is also very popular for its beautiful music by Naushad. It boosts of 12 songs, each one a hit in its own right. The voive for these songs was lent by playback singers including Lata Mangeshkar and classical singer Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and is often cited among the finest in Bollywood cinematic history.

The accolades awarded to the film include one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards at the 8th Filmfare Awards. The movie was produced by a business house, Shapoorji Pallonji. And they keep experimenting with this theme at all times. After the Black & White hit, Mughal-e-Azam was the first black-and-white Hindi film to be digitally coloured, and the first in any language to be given a theatrical re-release.

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