Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 12 mins

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'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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Cast: Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Prithviraj Kapoor

Crew: K Asif (Director), RD Mathur (Director of Photography), Naushad Ali (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

Release Dates: 05 Aug 1960 (India)

Hindi Name: मुग़ल-इ-आज़म

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as Prince Saleem
as Anarkali
as Emperor Akbar
Supporting Actor
as Maharani Jodha Bai
as Young Prince Saleem
as Anarkali's Mother
Supporting Actress
as Bahar
as Suraiya, Anarkali's Sister


Assistant Director


Production Company




Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Assistant Sound Re-recording Mixer



Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
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Black & White
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, Mono
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24 fps
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The battle sequence between Akbar and Salim reportedly featured 2,000 camels, 400 horses and 8,000 troops, mainly from the Indian Army's Jaipur cavalry, 56th Regiment. Lead actor, Dilip Kumar has spoken of the intense heat during filming of the sequence in the desert of Rajasthan, wearing full armour

The film took a staggering 16 years to complete.

The song "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kiya" cost Rs. 10 million at a time when an entire film would be made for less than a million.

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.

The heavy chains Madhubala wore in the film were authentic, unlike the lightweight models worn in those days. Wearing those chains was her greatest ordeal during shooting and she was bedridden for days nursing the bruises they left behind.

The Lord Krishna statue used in the film is made of pure gold.

This was, at the time, the most expensive film ever made in Indian history.

The movie was the first black-and-white Hindi film to be digitally coloured, and the first such film in the world to be given a theatrical re-release. The colour version, released in November 2004, was a commercial success.