We all know about the Historical Epic live action motion picture such as Bahubali, Chandralekha, Ben Hur, Seven Samurai but all of us never have the detailed idea about Mughal E Azam – The pride of Indian Cinema…!
Even in a epic historical drama there must be a soulfull love. Here comes the Soulfull love of salim and Anarkali. Their love is the proof for everything from Dawn to Dusk. If we give the second chance to love, even the world war will happen twice. As by the same case this epic love got a second chance by K.Asif in the motion picture.
The making of the war of love is damn courageous attempt of Indian cinema. This project faced loads of hurdles both by political tension and communal riots at the time of 1947 in India. After the India Pakistan partition the process of film got postponed and then finally kick started in the year 1950. The production of the movie was then restarted with the new cast crew.
The production design of the film is a huge work in those stages of Indian cinema. Art director M.K.Syed took six weeks to construct the place set. In the process of equalizing the mood of Hollywood cinematic feel for the historical epic film, the song “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya” was filmed in the set of about 150 feet which is 46m in length, 80 feet of about 25m in breadth and 35 feet (11m) in height and company designed the costumes. The foot wears was designed and ordered from Agra, and the jewellery was designed and made by goldsmiths in Hyderabad, the crowns were specially designed in Kolhapur. And the Armours such as shields, swords, spears, daggers are manufactured by Blacksmiths from Rajasthan. Designers from surat were stitched the Zardozi on costumes. Jodhabai prayed a statue of lord Krishna was made of gold. In the scene when Anarkali was imprisoned by tied with chains. They used real chains for imprisoning Anarkali.
The most discursed matter in this film is the presence of numerous glass pieces made of Belgium glass which were worked and technically crafted by Firozabad. This set took nearly 2 years to construct with the cost of more than 1.5 million that is valued about US$314,000 in 1960 and its cost is more than the budget of entire bollywood film released at that time.
Finally the breath taking battle scene between Akbar and Saleem was a massire making of featured with 2000 camels, 400 horses and 8000 troops of man power. They need the real soldiers for war scene so that they bring the soldiers from Indian Army, 56th regiment, jaipur cavalry. Each sequences were filmed with three schedules. Then the film eas released as Akbar in tamil at 1961.
Nearly 14 cameras were used to shot some shots of movie. There are many difficulties in providing light they spent nearly 8 hours for setting light for a single scene. The film were shooted with 500 complete days, when compared to normal of 60 to 125 days shooting schedule at the time. Heading of 500 trucks and 100 reflectors. And the presence of mirror on the set caused over reflectors and sparkling of light.
The british director David Lean advised Asif to drop the idea, because it is impossible to shoot the film in intense glare. But the director K.Asif used to spread the thin layer of wax on the surface of mirrors and reduced the reflectivity and then filmed. Mughal-E-Azam is the film which is released both in black and white and colour.
Directed by K.Asif, Shapoorji Pallonji, Aman, Kamal Amrohi, Wajahat Mirza, Ehsan Rizvi
Starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote
Music by Naushad
Edited by Dharamvir
Production company sterling Investment corporation
Release date August 5, 1960
Running time 197 m inutes
Language Hindi, Urdu
Budget 10.5 – 15 million
Box Office 55 million