On Madhubala’s 85th birth anniversary, we revisit Mughal-e-Azam, a classic that truly belongs to the ‘Venus of Indian Cinema’

Written by Shaikh Ayaz
| Mumbai |
Updated: February 14, 2018 6:12 pm

Besides Mughal-E-Azam, Madhubala dominated the box-office charts with Barsaat Ki Raat. Nine years later, just 36, she died tragically young.

There are two kinds of movie buffs who watch Mughal-e-Azam, arguably the greatest Bollywood film ever made. One, of course, watch it for the pure love and artistry of Mughal-e-Azam and the other watch it just for Madhubala. So intrinsic is the imagery of Madhubala in Mughal-e-Azam that we often forget that films on the same subject (based on a 1922 play called Anarkali by Imtiaz Ali Taj) had been made thrice before. Silent era star Sulochana played Anarkali twice (in 1928 and 1935) while in a 1953 version, Bina Rai was the bewitching courtesan in whose blind love Prince Salim, the future king of Hindustan, has raised the flag of…

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