Friday 12 November 2004
Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala
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!