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“Mughal-e-Azam” is a classic Indian film released in 1960. It was directed by K. Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji. The film features an ensemble cast including Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and Madhubala in leading roles.

The story of “Mughal-e-Azam” is set in the Mughal era and revolves around the love story between Prince Salim (played by Dilip Kumar) and a court dancer named Anarkali (played by Madhubala). Salim’s father, Emperor Akbar (played by Prithviraj Kapoor), opposes their relationship and the film showcases the conflict between the love of Salim and Anarkali and the duty and honor of the Mughal Empire.

“Mughal-e-Azam” was a massive success at the box office and received critical acclaim. The film is known for its lavish sets and costumes, melodious music, and powerful performances by the lead actors. It is considered a milestone in Indian cinema and has been listed among the greatest Indian films of all time.

Mughal-e-Azam had the widest release of any Indian film up to that time, and patrons often queued all day for tickets. Released on 5 August 1960, it broke box office records in India and became the Highest grossing Indian film, a distinction it held for 15 years. The accolades awarded to the film include one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards at the 8th Filmfare Awards. Mughal-e-Azam was the first black-and-white Hindi film to be digitally colored and the first in any language to be given a theatrical re-release. The color version, released on 12 November 2004, was also a commercial success.

The film is widely considered to be a milestone of its genre, earning praise from critics for its grandeur and attention to detail, and the performances of its cast (especially that of Madhubala, who earned a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress). Film scholars have welcomed its portrayal of enduring themes but question its historical accuracy.

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