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  • Actors: Durga Khote, Murad, Jalal Agha, Dilip Kumar
  • Directors: K. Asif
  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Eros
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQQ7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

The film is perfect in color!
Alex
He got the actual big sword fight in the film, and unfortunately... (well it's just another reason to dislike Salim.)
Warp Girl
This is an Epic movie as grand as any I have ever seen.
Nora M Qudus

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ALEXFARBA on September 30, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
MUGHAL-e-AZAM (1960) is one of the three major classics of the Popular Indian Cinema, along with "Mother India" and "Sholay". The position it occupies in Indian cinema is perhaps comparable to "Gone With The Wind" in America, in that both are lengthy colorful epic costume dramas set in an idealized past, and featuring major stars of the time. The time in question here is that of the great Moghul Emperor AKBAR THE GREAT (on throne 1556 - 1605) who was not only a great conqueror but also an enlightend despot, who promoted the arts and was tolerant of Hinduism, altho he was himself a Moslem.
Akbar is played by the venerable old-time actor Prithviraj Kapoor (father of Raj Kapoor) in his last major role, and the role of his uppity son Salim is essayed by Dilip Kumar, considered by some to be the all time greatest Indian actor, often called "the king of tragedy". This is actually quite an offbeat role for Dilip as he didn't do many constume dramas, which is in itself a point of interest. Dilip/Salim falls in love with the low caste dancing girl ANARKALI and is so determined to marry her against the wishes of his father, Akbar, that he actually stages a military revolt against the throne to make his point. Thus we have a classic clash of wills between a powerful father and an intransigent son over a marvelously beautiful young woman Anarkali, played by the actress MADHUBALa -- often called the most beautiful Indian actress of all time --in one of her best roles.
This is like a Verdi Opera on the grandest of scales, staged by an Indian Cecil B. DeMille, with hordes of real elephants and a cast of thousands, with no expense spared to stage the spectacle.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sol on January 11, 2007
Format: DVD
This is definately one of the best classic movies in the world. Definately worth a watch. Madhubala is stunning, Dilip Kumar gave a great performance. This is one of the biggest movies in indian cinema- a movie that is used a measure for newer epic indian movies (such as Devdas).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arif on February 1, 2007
Format: DVD
It's a classic of classics. The stunning backdrops mixed with poetry of dialogue makes this movie a gem of Indian cinema screen. I would recommend it to all nationalities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Warp Girl on November 3, 2013
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Now, I don't claim to be an expert on India, Bollywood, or films in general; but I do consider myself a passionate student of different cultures and films. When I first discovered Bollywood through Jodhaa Akbar (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) this film came up in my "research." While, Mr. Gowariker's epic masterpiece focused on Akbar's early years consolidating his empire, and promoting religious tolerance with national unity, Mr. Asif focuses on the twilight of his reign with all the strife that came with it. But is any of it true? Well, from a certain point of view, as a wise old Jedi once said.

Akbar WAS one of the great rulers of history. He created one of the world's great empires, and was hailed by his contemporaries for his humane edicts and revolutionary (for the time) tolerance. Okay, by modern standards he was a tyrant, but I never understood judging history by modern standards. Akbar also had a traumatic family life, he lost several children while he was still mostly a child himself, and by the time he'd gotten his kingdom established, was in desperate need of children. He did make a pilgrimage to his favorite "saint" and Jodhaa did eventually give birth to Salim the first of several rebellious, dissolute, and trouble-making sons. And yes, Akbar fought and forgave his Salim for many acts of betrayal. However, falling in love with the court dancing girl wasn't one of them. So I'll give this movie props for portraying a fairly accurate dysfunctional relationship between father and son.

This film is a marvel in so many ways, just don't expect it to look as great as it is. In the fifties Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckles on March 13, 2012
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While this is a classic and beautiful movie in its own right, the disc I received could not run with the subtitles on at about the halfway mark. It could run without just fine, but as I am a native English speaker, I require them to fully enjoy.

Alas it is too late to return the goods (it was a gift) to see if all discs share this problem, but buyers please be aware.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 25, 2011
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Sort of India's 'Gone With the Wind', this huge 3 hour epic started
slowly for me, feeling awkward, dated, and a little stagy.

But soon I found myself unexpectedly swept up in this story of a
prince defying his father for love of a woman, really enjoying it, and
desperately wanting to see how the story would turn out.

Some amazing set design, and some beautiful songs, along with often
really strong cinematography.

Note: 2 versions of film exist. It was originally released in 1960,
mostly in black and, but with two reels in color. Filmmaker Asif had
wanted to make the whole film in color, but lacked the funds. In 2004
it was re-released in a version that colorized the black and white
reels. While that would normally be a film sacrilege to me, in this
case it was done with loving care, at great expense, and with the
intention of finishing Asif's version the way he wanted.

I actually own both versions and find both quite satisfying. The Eros release is
pretty high quality (As with many Indian films there are lots of weak
knock off releases out there that look like someone just burned a VHS tape onto
DVD).
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