'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 project faced multiple hurdles which forced it to be abandoned. The political tensions and communal rioting surrounding India's 1947 partition and independence stalled the film's production. Shortly after partition, Shiraz Ali migrated to Pakistan, leaving Asif without a financier. The actor initially chosen to play the lead role, Chandra Mohan suffered a heart attack and died in 1949. Read More