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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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
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There is greatness visible on the screen and in the storyline, but the way the film is presented by Eros Distribution is of great annoyance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DLAllen
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A grand tale of the elusive Anarkali. This shows the Mughal India. And it is accurate in that the religions did not play a big role in the making of old India until the British... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nora M Qudus
Colorization is a process that adds artificial colors to black and white image(s). They spent millions to produce such shoddy work. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A sharp one
Extraordinary film!! Great performances by all of the actors. Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala were amazing. Colorized version is great. The film is perfect in color! Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Alex