A period epic film from K. Asif, Mughal-e-Azam is the retelling of a popular Indian tale. Lead roles were handled by legendary actors like Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Durga Khote. The film remains one of the most expensive films ever produced in the history of Indian cinema. The film also witnessed the widest cinematic release for an Indian film at that time.
The narrative of the film loosely follows the story of the Mughal Prince Salim (who later became emperor Jajangir) and his love for a court dancer Anarkali.
The film is both a classic and a milestone in Indian cinema. The music department was handled by Naushad, and Shakeel Badayuni. The songs reflect a fascinating blend of Indian classical and folk music. Two of them were rendered by the great renowned Hindustani vocalist Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Other tracks were given voice by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi.