Death Anniversary: ​​No one can be like K.Asif, neither can Mughle-e-Azam be made again - Ali Peter John

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(August 5 , 1960 "Mughle-e-Azam" got released in Maratha Temple of Bombay and rest History Is...) - ALI PETER JOHN


I was ten years old when my mother , who, despite our poverty, was very fond of watching Hindi movies , took me and my brother to watch a film called “ Mughal-e-Azam ” at the Neptune Theater outside Bandra station in Bombay. Took it

I still remember how there were thousands of men, women and children not only from Bombay but from other parts of the country and even thousands of people crossing the border and reaching Bombay from Pakistan just to see this movie Which was being produced by K.Asif, the first and greatest of Indian cinema, Mr. Perfectionist , in the news for over fifteen years . And on television in my own home, in the homes of my friends and relatives and wherever I knew the film was shown...

I have often wondered , what was the magic that attracted and enthralled me and millions like me to watch the film as many times as possible. The film was released in 1960 and I still know every scene, every song and every dialogue...


Sixty years have passed and now I know why the film was and will be an eternal film! There is no doubt about the seriousness and sincerity with which K.Asif has made the film as his do or die film.

Check out some details about the making of ' Mughal-e-Azam ' and you will respect Asif and his masterpiece even more... Asif was an illiterate person , but he was very fond of films , writing , poetry , music and hard work.

“Mughle-E-Azam ” was his ultimate ambition and dream! He knew the importance of good writing to make a good film! He hired some of the best writers in Urdu to work on the script and was the head of the team with some of the most educated and enlightened writers.


He was not satisfied with his work until he gave him the soul of Mughal-e-Azam.......He wanted every little thing in his film to be real and real. To begin with , he hired tailors , hundreds of whom were from Delhi , all the costumes used by all the main characters and even the faces sewn by these tailors , who worked day and night for months . ... they needed the best embroidered costumes and found hundreds of embroiderers from Surat , known for their labors , who specialized in all kinds of embroidery and could not be found by any king or king of that time. Paid much more than the queen.

He was obsessed with just being the best in everything and was unwilling to compromise when it came to getting the best... He wanted every character's crown and headwear to be true to life and hence he was given Kolhapur Best crown maker from There were men in Maharashtra who were expert in making all kinds of crowns and headdresses...


He wanted the most authentic weapon for which he had hired Akbar, the blacksmith of Rajasthan, to craft all the iron and bronze weapons used by Salim and for every soldier who participated in the large-scale battle scenes. He has in a way brought many states of India together like a family to work on his film , which no other filmmaker in India has ever done..

He took nineteen times a dramatic scene between Prithviraj Kapoor (Akbar) and Salim (Dilip Kumar) and was still not satisfied and asked the legendary actor Prithviraj Kapoor to gain weight if he wanted to continue playing the role of Emperor Akbar. .. Kapoor who seldom took the directors seriously had to listen to Asif and he put on Asif's weight and the result is Akbar which you see in the movie.

The battle scenes between the armies of Akbar and Salim included two thousand camels , four thousand horses , eight thousand soldiers (which they had received partly from the army) , they sought their cooperation. There were also many elephants , especially for the use of Akbar and Salim.


“ Sheesh Mahal ” at Asif's own big studio in Andheri took two years to build and during this time , there were thousands of people who came only to see how the palace was being built.

Producer Shapoorji Mistry had invited filmmakers from Hollywood and India to express their opinion about the construction of " Sheesh Mahal " and all of them said that it was not possible to create a mirror effect in the scene but as many people said that It was not possible , Asif was determined to make his dream come true and he took rest only when his dream came true.

The stained glass used to make the sets was specially imported from Belgium... It is said that with Asif money building the palace , he or any other filmmaker could have made an entire big film.


Asif needed none other than Bade Ghulam Ali Khan to sing a song , but the maestro was reluctant as he did not want to sing for films.

He told Naushad , about music director Naushad's inability to sing for Asif's film, Naushad told him that a price bid which no other singer or playback singer had ever charged... Ustad asked Asif twenty five thousand rupees.

And before the maestro could blink , Asif had agreed to pay him more than the price he was demanding. You can imagine the value of twenty five thousand rupees in the early fifties!

There was a song in the movie named " Ae Mohabbat Zindabad ". Asif wanted the song to resonate in the cinema halls and shot the song live before the mic with a thousand singers. The impact of his decision can still reverberate in the minds of the people.

There is a scene in the film when Jodha Bai (Durga Khote) shakes the crib of child Krishna. Asif wanted the idol of Bal Krishna to be made in pure gold and he made his way.


The shoot got over and Asif thought of melting the idol. of gold to earn some money. But it seemed that his passion had rained on Naushad as well. He was a Muslim and yet he decided and allowed Asif to take him to his home “ Ashiana ” .

In Bandra, where Naushad, a " devout Muslim " , shook Lord Krishna's cradle till the last day of his life! And they now talk of " Hindu-Muslim " unity!

The song “ Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kiya ” was penned a hundred times by lyricist Shakeel Badayuni and earlier corrected by Asif and Naushad.

The chains in which Madhubala was tied were made of real iron , so that Madhubala could give the most natural expression of pain and pain.

The hardest part about making the film for Asif was shooting some of the most romantic scenes ever shot in the history of Indian cinema between Dilip Kumar and Madhubala , who almost didn't talk during the making of the film.

Who can forget the scene of Anarkali lying on Salim's lap expressing his love by looking into Anarkali's eyes and feathering her beautiful face ?


The film, which took sixteen years to make , was finally released in 1960 at the Maratha Mandir Theater in Bombay. The theater had a capacity of one thousand and one hundred seats , but there was a crowd of one lakh people who had gathered there for several days and a night before the release date.

The film reels were carried to the theater on the backs of four elephants.

Asif finally made his dream come true , but he had to pay a heavy price in every way. He was deeply in debt and had no money to buy his favorite cigarettes and paan and could not even pay the rent of his house. in Central Bombay.

And yet the heart of the Mughal was huge. Comedian Jagdeep who had just started his career was completely broke and was in need of money. He decided to walk from Bandra where he lived at Asif's house and told him about himself.

Asif went to his room , even as his family members tried to tell him that there was money to buy vegetables in the house. No , but Asif went in and put his hands in all his pockets and took out all the money , was in it and gave it to Jagdeep and told his family that Jagdeep is needed more than him or his family.

Asif tried to make other films like "Sasta Khoon Manhga Pani" with Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu , but he could not complete it. He started "Love and Bird" with Guru Dutt and Nimmi , but Guru Dutt committed suicide. He started the film again with Sanjeev Kumar and Nimmi but Asif himself died.

KC Bokadia , his fan tried to complete the film as a mark of his respect , but Sanjeev Kumar also died. And the movie was released in its incomplete version and as expected was a very pathetic flop......


The story of K.Asif's Mughal-e-Azam can never end. And Asif's attitude towards money can be best seen in this simple yet real story. Asif and Sanjeev Kumar who became best friends were traveling in Sanjeev's Mercedes. in Juhu. Sanjeev asked Asif why he couldn't buy some land in Juhu where stars like Dharmendra and filmmakers like Ramanand Sagar, Mohan Kumar and J Om Prakash had bought the land , Asif had a long puff on his cigarette which he always put in. He kept talking about his thumb and little finger and said , " My brother , we made this film , not to buy land and build a palace " .

A few months later , Asif died in a two-bedroom apartment at Sea Breeze Apartments in Juhu and was left with nothing but the incalculable treasures of the Mughal-e-Azam.

Such a crazy emperor had never happened before , nor will it ever be. This is my belief which can never change and no one can change.

Some more stories about Mughal-e-Azam

This is the story of a man who can make an unbeliever believe , this is the story of a man who can make a believer stronger , this is a story that can make those who don't believe in plans Huh. Fate believes in fate.....

Karimuddin Asif was a small time tailor somewhere in Lucknow as a youth who came to Bombay to try his luck in Hindi films and his power to tell stories powerfully helped him to fulfill his dream fast. helped and he soon started directing films.

He had heard of a play called “ Anarkali ” written by a writer in the days before Partition and was obsessed with the idea of ​​making his own film on the same story.

Asif formed a team of writers that included Aman (who was Zeenat Aman's father) , Wajahat Mirza and Ehsan Rizvi , who wrote a screenplay for his film , which he called " Mughal-e-Azam " . He had decided to give the story. Your own interpretation of " Anarkali ". Though not a writer, he himself gave ideas to his writers , but his writers knew he was a creator passionate about his story. Music director Naushad was also part of the writing team , but none of the writers received any individual credit.


Asif had roped in Prithviraj Kapoor to play Akbar and Dilip Kumar to play Salim. He was now waiting to find the right actress to play the role of “ Anarkali ”. His first choice was Nutan , who did not want to play the role and told Asif that his contemporaries like Nargis and Madhubala would be better suited to play the role. Asif then released a full page advertisement in “ Screen ” (I felt proud to belong to the paper when I saw the advertisement in the archives). In the ad, girls from all over India were asked to write to Asif if they were interested in playing Anarkali with Dilip Kumar.

There were hundreds of applicants and Asif selected eight girls but was ultimately not satisfied with any of them. She had some differences with Madhubala and was surprised when Madhubala herself went to her and told her that she wanted to play Anarkali. And Asif had found his anarkali.

Asif had problems finding finance to make his dream film until he was asked to meet a famous businessman who had nothing to do with films and was named Shapoorji Mistry , whose films had only one The only interest was and that was to see Prithviraj Kapoor in plays. Done under his banner Prithvi Theatre.

Asif watched some plays of Prithvi Theater and met Shapoorji and told him about his plan to make " Mughal-e-Azam " as Akbar with Prithviraj Kapoor and gave him a description of the subject which aroused Shapoorji's interest. who had agreed to finance. Asif movie. And then began a long partnership between Asif and Shapoorji which lasted till the completion of the film.

They had many differences , they also had verbal wars , but Asif and his passion to make "Mughal-e-Azam" won out and Shapoorji called Asif his son.

Shapoorji had literally spent crores of rupees in the making of the film and Asif was instrumental in shaping his dream film without thinking of buying a proper house for himself and his family or spending any money to buy a car. One rupee was spent. He traveled in taxi all his life)


Among those who understood his " madness " were music director Naushad , lyricist Shakeel Badayuni , cinematographer R.D.Mathur , art director Shirazi and all his other actors and technicians. And , of course, his family without whose constant support he would not have been successful in creating " Mughal-e-Azam ".

He was satisfied to see his most cherished dream come true. Shapoorji earned crores. All his stars and the names of his entire team were known. But , Karimuddin Asif was the same man who started with a dream that the future would remember him , but he had to be happy to live his life in his own way without making any kind of good life for himself and his family. A friend who had seen him months after " Mughal-e-Azam " made history, found him in his white pyjama and kurta standing at a paan-bidi shop asking for a pack of cigarettes , which was his only bad habit.

K. Asif movies collection

Why governments have not been able to get any kind of award or recognition to K.Asif from the time of release of “ Mughal-e-Azam ”, when actors, filmmakers and singers like Nanhe and Pygmy are honored with awards? Is it slowly losing all its importance and meaning ? Can't the government now in power prove how much it cares about true talent and how secular it is and can't respect the " deewana " at least for now? This is a time when this can still be done or it will be a time when generations to come and history will curse all those who did not recognize the greatness of a man who has given Indian cinema all the reasons to be proud. devoted his whole life to it. ,

Some films are not films , they are history and the pages of history are never written again. BJP says in the box that K. Asif Sahab should be awarded Padma Vibhushan.

गीतः प्रेम जोगन बनके

प्रेम जोगन बनके,

सुन्दर पिया और चले

प्रेम गगन बनके

सुन्दर पिया और चले

प्रेम गगन बांके

जोगन हे जो जोगन बनके

प्रेम जोगन बनके

आ आ जोगन बनके

प्रेम जोगन बनके

है साजन को जो नैन मिले

हे नैन मिले

ते नैन मिले चैन मिले

सजन जो नैन मिले मिले

तुमने भी मन की प्यास बुझे

प्रेम जोगन बन गयी

प्रेम जोगन

मैं पि संग सारी रेन

पि संग सारी रेन गुजारी

रेन गुजार

प्रेम जोगन बनके

सुन्दर पिया और चले

प्रेम जोगन बनके

फिल्म-मुगल ए आजम

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वफा की राह मेंआशिक की ईद होती है

खुशी मनाओमोहब्बत शहीद होती है

जिन्दाबाद! जिन्दाबाद!

ऐ मुहब्बत जिन्दाबाद!

दौलत की जंजीरों से तूरहती है आजाद

मन्दिर मेंमस्जिद में तू और तू ही है ईमानों में

मुरली की तानों में तू और तू ही है आजानों में

तेरे दम से दीन-धरम की दुनिया है आबाद

जिन्दाबाद! जिन्दाबाद!

ऐ मुहब्बत जिन्दाबाद!

प्यार की आँधी रुक न सकेगीनफरत की दीवारों से

खून-ए-मुहब्बत हो न सकेगाखंजर सेतलवारों से

मर जाते हैं आशिकजिन्दा रह जाती है याद

जिन्दाबाद! जिन्दाबाद!

ऐ मुहब्बत जिन्दाबाद!

इश्क बगावत कर बैठे तो दुनिया का रुख मोड़ दे

आग लगा दे महलों में और तख्त-ए-शाही छोड़ दे

सीना ताने मौत से खेलेकुछ ना करे फरियाद

जिन्दाबाद! जिन्दाबाद!

ऐ मुहब्बत जिन्दाबाद!

ताज हुकूमत जिसका मजहबफिर उसका ईमान कहाँ

जिसके दिल में प्यार न होवो पत्थर है इंसान कहाँ

प्यार के दुश्मन होश में आहो जायेगा बरबाद

जिन्दाबाद! जिन्दाबाद!

ऐ मुहब्बत जिन्दाबाद!

फिल्म-मुगल ए आजम

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