If you ask any Indian cinephile about the greatest film ever made in the country, Mughal-e-Azam would top many lists even after 63 years of its release. The Dilip Kumar and Madhubala starrer is still considered one of the best that Indian cinema has offered globally and rightfully so. On August 5 this year, the cult film completes its 63 years. And to celebrate that feat, Dilip saab’s wife Saira Banu penned a heartfelt note.
Saira Banu remembers Dilip Kumar on 63 years of Mughal-e-Azam
Also starring Prithviraj Kapoor and Durga Khote, the film was the most expensive and ambitious projects made till date then. With the amount of time it took to complete the filming, many people had discarded the film even before release. However, it proved everyone wrong when it came out. Dilip saab and Madhubala became even bigger stars and the film’s music is still crooned and cherished.
Honouring that legacy, Saira ji wrote, “In the history of Indian cinema, no movie has left as profound a mark on the hearts of audiences as “Mughal-e-Azam.” This magnum opus, directed by the visionary K. Asif, stands as a timeless testament to the splendor of Indian filmmaking. At its very core lies the captivating performance of Sahib, whose portrayal added an extra layer of brilliance to the film.”
Praising her late husband, Saira ji said, “Sahib’s portrayal of Prince Salim was nothing short of mesmerizing. His ability to infuse life into the character, whether in moments of tender romance or fierce rebellion, was a sight to behold. His powerful performances created a symphony of emotions that echo in the hearts of the audience to date.“
The film’s cultural impact
She went on to talk about the film’s opulence and excellence. Saira ji shared,“‘Mughal-e-Azam’ transcends the boundaries of time, effortlessly transporting viewers to the opulent era of the Mughal dynasty. The film’s journey to completion was no less than an epic saga itself, spanning an astonishing ten years. The attention to detail in every aspect of the movie, from the breathtakingly majestic ‘Sheesh Mahal’ set to timeless musical melodies such as ‘Thumri’ Mohe Panghat Pe and ‘Qawaali’ Teri Mehfil Mein, created by Naushad, to the intricate and aesthetically captivating costumes, showcased nothing less than brilliance.”
She concluded by focusing on the film’s cultural impact. She said, “The movie still remains a beacon of cinematic brilliance, reminding us of the artistic heights that Indian cinema can attain. It continues to inspire generations of filmmakers and actors, serving as a reminder that true artistry knows no bounds and stands the test of time.”
Mughal-e-Azam is a timeless classic and will forever remain so. 63 years is just another milestone for it. Celebrating that film is a part of Indian cinematic history and it will always remain so.