Synopsis: Set in the 16th century AD, the movie brings to life the tale of the doomed love affair between the Mughal Crown Prince Saleem and the beautiful, ill-fated court dancer, whose fervor and intensity perpetrates a war between the prince and his father the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, and threatens to bring an empire to its knees.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): K. Asif
Production: UTV Communications
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
197 min

l am lndia

The Himalayas guard my boundaries

The Ganges is the witness

to my chastity

Since the beginning of time...

l have been a friend

of darkness and light

These marble edifices

tell the world:

Tyrants robbed and ravaged me...

well-wishers adorned me

Fools chained me...

my lovers broke those chains

Among those who loved me there was...

one named Jal Al-u-Din Mohammed Akbar

Akbar loved me

Standing high above the divisions

of religion and tradition...

he taught people to love one another

And he held me in his embrace

for ever

This is the palace

of the Emperor Akbar

Now its every nook and cranny...

can tell stories of bygone days

Far from the comforts...

of his splendid palace...

in this scorching desert...

walking barefoot

on the burning sand...

is Akbar the Great

The despair in his eyes is because...

he had yet to see

the smiling face of an offspring

Akbar's pilgrimage is

to a hermitage...

of the Saint

Sheikh Salim-u-din Chisti...

in the hope that through

his prayers...

God might bless Akbar with a son

ln the entire royal caravan...

Akbar the Great alone had vowed

to walk on foot

At last he reached his destination

The Emperor, before whom

the world bowed...

bowed his head before a fakir

God never refuses the entreaty

of his devotees

Lift your hands in prayer...

l shall join you

O Emperor of Emperors

You have bestowed

on this insignificant man...

boundless wealth from your treasury

l have been called Protector

of the world, and Shadow of God

Let me now hear a voice

that calls me father

O Master of the Two Worlds...

let me not die without a trace

He shall bless Queen Jodha

with a child

Congratulations, Your Majesty

God has blessed you with a son...

and an heir to the Mughal Empire

Praise be to Allah!

You have brought a message of joy

to the dispirited life of Akbar

Take this ring as a token

l swear by these sacred scales

of justice

that whatever you may request of me...

shall be granted

ln the passage of time...

the Prince revealed

his mischievous nature


These scales are not your playthings

Are they the Emperor's playthings?

- No

Emperor Babar's sacred scales...

are an emblem of

Mughal emperors' justice


Prince, please learn these words

you will say in the Court

lt is a command?

- No, a request

Then l shall try

The Prince's insubordination


and he overstepped the bounds

of respect

Take this and let it float

on the currents of Jamuna

The grandeur of Mughals

began to waver...

and the intoxicated Prince Salim

started staggering

To Akbar the Great...

the future of lndia seemed bleak

l shall not see that evil day...

when Mughal greatness becomes the toy

of a profligate Prince


Divest him of his

mother's tender love...

and clad him in armour

Nurture him in the scorching


of the battlefield

l entrust you with the future

of the Mughals

Salim has performed his duty

as we would have wished

My darling, my child!

ls this the magnificent

Queen of lndia?

No, Your Majesty. Merely a mother

l was not aware...

that a mother's weakness

would make...

Queen Jodha forget her dignity

Your Majesty, does Mughal rule...

not allow a mother to pine and weep...

when her son's blood

is pitilessly shed?

She may pine, but not weep

lf all the mothers of other sons...

on the battlefield were to weep...

then lndia would drown in tears

Distribute gems among the poor

equal to the weight of this armour

For fourteen years, Prince Salim...

was nurtured on the battlefields

He became a victorious general

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K. Asif

K. Asif (14 June 1922 – 9 March 1971) was an Indian film director, film producer and screenwriter who is famous for his work on the Hindi epic motion picture, Mughal-e-Azam (1960). more…

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