K. Asif's Mughal-E-Azam released in 1960 was undoubtedly much ahead of its times. Do you ask why? Well there are more reasons than one for it.
In 1960 when an average Indian film would cost not more than USD 2,00,000 at the most, Mughal-E-Azam cost as much as USD 30,00,000. The Sheesh-mahal song Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya itself cost Rs 1.5 million. This song is considered as one of the best picturized songs in the history of Indian cinema till date.
It is considered wasteful to use one-lakh feet of negative on an average film. But in the shooting of Mughal-eAzam over 10-lakh feet of negatives were spent.
Almost all historical epics (Ramayan, Mahabharat, Devdas, Taj Mahal) have had repeated remakes. But such has been the impact of Mughal-E-Azam that no producer has dared a remake of the Salim - Anarkali theme.
And after 44 years, the film refurbished to a new all colored format and retaining its original splendor will release in the Diwali week on November 12.