Mughal-e-Azam received almost universal acclaim from Indian critics; every aspect of the film was praised. A review from the 1960s in Filmfare called it a history-making film . the work of a team of creative artists drawn from different spheres of the art world. It was also described as a tribute to imagination, hard work and lavishness of its maker, Mr. Asif.
For its grandeur, its beauty, and then performances of the artists it should be a landmark in Indian films. Since 2000, reviewers have described the film as a classic, benchmark, or milestone in the history of Indian cinema. In 2011, Anupama Chopra called the film the best Hindi film ever made and the apotheosis of the Hindi film form, noting specifically the performances, father-son drama and song sequences. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised many aspects of the film: the musical score, the battle scenes, the acting, emotions, and romance, the father-son confrontation scenes, and the overall look of the film. Dinesh Raheja of Rediff called the film a must-see classic, saying a work of art is the only phrase to describe this historical whose grand palaces-and-fountains look has an epic sweep and whose heart-wrenching core of romance has the tenderness of a feathers touch.
Sujata Gupta of Planet Bollywood gave the film nine out of ten stars, calling it a must see that has captured interest of people over generations. K. K. Rai, in his review for Stardust stated, it can be said that the grandeur and vintage character of Mughal-e-Azam cannot be repeated, and it will remembered as one of the most significant films made in this country. Ziya Us Salam of The Hindu described Mughal-e-Azam as a film people will want to watch over and over again.
Raja Sen of Rediff compared the film to Spartacus and said, Mughal-e-Azam is awesomely, stunningly overwhelming, a magnificent spectacle entirely free of CGI and nonlinear gimmickry, a gargantuan feat of . of . well, of Mughal proportions! Laura Bushell of the BBC rated the film four out of five stars, considering it to be a benchmark film for both Indian cinema and cinema grandeur in general, and remarking that Mughal-E-Azam was an epic film in every way. Naman Ramachandran, reviewing the film for the British Film Institute, noted the depiction of religious tolerance and said the film had a tender heart. Nasreen Munni Kabir, author of The Immortal Dialogue of K.
Asifs Mughal-e-Azam, compared the film to the Koh-i-Noor diamond for its enduring worth to Indian cinema. Outlook, in 2008, and Hindustan Times, in 2011, both declared that the scene in which Salim brushes Anarkali with an ostrich feather was the most erotic and sensuous scene in the history of Indian cinema.
Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote, Ajit, Jalal Agha
Historical Costume Romance
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