'Mughal-E-Azam' follows the love affair between Mughal Prince Salim (who went on to become Emperor Jahangir) and a court dancer Anarkali.
The relationship is disapproved of by his father, Emperor Akbar, and envied by a senior dancer who wishes to become queen. Salim and Anarkali refuse to part with each other, leading to a war between father and son which the latter loses. Salim's life is spared in exchange for Anarkali's, who is eventually exiled.
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The film had the widest cinematic release for an Indian film at the time, with patrons queuing throughout the day for tickets. The film broke box office records in India, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, a distinction it held for 15 years. Read More