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Once Upon A Cinema: How Madhubala beat Rita Hayworth to play Anarkali in Mughal E Azam
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Once Upon A Cinema: How Madhubala beat Rita Hayworth to play Anarkali in Mughal E Azam

Dilip Kumar and K. Asif launched a nationwide (wo)manhunt, placing ads in the paper and in leading film magazines like Film India and Screen, urging young women to apply. They interviewed girls across cities like Bhopal, Hyderabad, Delhi and Lucknow.

On Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's 120th birth anniversary, how the Tansen of 20th century came to sing in Mughal-e-Azam
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On Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's 120th birth anniversary, how the Tansen of 20th century came to sing in Mughal-e-Azam

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, for the longest time, stayed away from film music despite several requests and encouragement. However, after a lot of coercion by K Asif, he sung two songs in Mughal-e-Azam.

Sophia Naz's new book captures the story of her mother Shehnaz — a life of royalty, showbiz, crippling trauma
Life

Sophia Naz's new book captures the story of her mother Shehnaz — a life of royalty, showbiz, crippling trauma

'Shehnaz' chronicles the life of a woman who survived domestic abuse, partition, familial estrangement, and what seemed like a glamorous life in Bombay long enough to live through love and companionship. The late yesteryear actress' daughter Sophia Naz speaks to Firstpost on how the book came about, tracing her mother’s history, and the emotional cost of putting it all together.

Manish Malhotra on designing over 500 costumes for Mughal-E-Azam, as musical enters its third season
Life

Manish Malhotra on designing over 500 costumes for Mughal-E-Azam, as musical enters its third season

"The tricky part in Mughal-E-Aazam: The Musical was the costumes had to look grand but not so much that they overpower the actors," says Manish Malhotra.

Revisiting Nurjahan and Jahangir's partnership of equals, which shimmers through Jahangirnama
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Revisiting Nurjahan and Jahangir's partnership of equals, which shimmers through Jahangirnama

Jahangir, as Salim titled himself upon his accession, had been emperor about six years when he married Nurjahan.

Mughal-E-Azam continues to enchant audiences — from K Asif's iconic film to Feroz Abbas Khan's play
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Mughal-E-Azam continues to enchant audiences — from K Asif's iconic film to Feroz Abbas Khan's play

Feroz Abbas Khan's play Mughal-e-Azam: The Musical is nothing short of an exhilarating experience — both for the eyes and the soul.

Mughal-E-Azam's bewitching journey: From K Asif's iconic film to Feroz Abbas Khan's Broadway-style musical
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Mughal-E-Azam's bewitching journey: From K Asif's iconic film to Feroz Abbas Khan's Broadway-style musical

In 2016, noted playwright and filmmaker Feroz Abbas Khan decided to revisit K Asif's magnum opus Mughal-e-Azam — as a stage production

Mughal-e-Azam, and the danger of adapting films too closely and faithfully for the stage
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Mughal-e-Azam, and the danger of adapting films too closely and faithfully for the stage

Adapting a film as revered and grand as Mughal-e-Azam is a bold choice, but one gets the feeling that the director did not change the elements of the story enough for it to be a truly engaging play | #FirstCulture

Bajirao Mastani review: This gloriously epic Priyanka, Deepika and Ranveer-starrer is the best film of 2015
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Bajirao Mastani review: This gloriously epic Priyanka, Deepika and Ranveer-starrer is the best film of 2015

Bajirao Mastani is a masterpiece that teaches us many important lessons on love and and life

Mughal-e-Azam named greatest Bollywood film in UK poll
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Mughal-e-Azam named greatest Bollywood film in UK poll

Filmmaker K Asif's 1960s epic Mughal-e-Azam has been crowned the greatest Bollywood film of all time by a poll celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in the UK.