How does one review a film that has already been hailed as a masterpiece by one and all? To revisit an acknowledged classic is always tricky business!
K. Asif's MUGHAL-E-AZAM, starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala, is a tribute to the imagination, uphill struggle and dedication of a genius. The popular legend may have been filmed many times on the silver screen, but none can match MUGHAL-E-AZAM. In terms of gloss as well as content.
The grandiose look, the haunting musical score, the breathtaking battle scenes, the splendid performances, the heart-rending emotions, the legendary romance between Salim and Anarkali and of course, the confrontation scenes between Akbar and Salim? MUGHAL-E-AZAM will always remain a benchmark.
This milestone in Indian cinema has now been revived in color [in the original version, only one song - 'Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya' - was in color; the remaining film was in B & W], with an upgraded, contemporary sound system [Dolby Digital].
Apart from its epic sweep, MUGHAL-E-AZAM has a delicate heart - the romance between the legendary characters is one thing you'd never forget.
Emperor 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 worthy warrior. 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.
- MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for those who have seen it in B & W. Now watch it in color and experience the splendour.
- MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for today's generation, who, perhaps, may not have watched this classic. Watch this epic and you'll realize the difference between the cinema of yore and the cinema of today.
- MUGHAL-E-AZAM is a must for every moviegoer. Here's a prime example of pure, unadulterated cinema!