The Great Epic: Mughal-e-Azam

Apr 26, 2017, 12:59 AM

We discuss the lavish 1960 epic Mughal-e-Azam

Show notes:

Mughal-e-Azam (

Erin is nervous to discuss this film

Comparisons to Gone With The Wind ( and Cleopatra (

K. Asif ( and production setbacks

Every individual production element cost more than the entire budget of most other films

Intolerance (, Foolish Wives (, and Greed (

Beautiful Ruins (

Filmed thrice

The set was too glittery (

Huge cast

Technicolor (, “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (,” and colourisation (

Unknown Armies (

“Ae Mohabbat Zindabad (”

Dilip Kumar ( and Madhubala (

Bollywood Parks Dubai’s Mughal-e-Azam (

Historical accuracy (

(INTERVAL (“Teri Mehfil Mein” (” from Mughal-e-Azam)

We still can’t speak Hindi

Lean narrative, no excess characters

There actually was a stage play before the film, and a film adapted from it (

Poetic dialogue

“Impossible Dreams (”

Spectacle and narrative

Father/son tension

The film as metaphor for India

Execution methods

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