The film is a re-telling of a popular Indian tale, previously filmed as Loves of a Mughal Prince (1928) and Anarkali (1953). It is loosely based on an episode in the life of the Mughal prince Jahangir, also known as Salim. In the movie, the great conqueror Akbar and his Rajput wife, Jodhabai have but one son, the weak and pleasure-loving Jahangir, or Salim. Salim falls in love with Anarkali, a slave and court-dancer. He wants to marry her; his father objects, and throws Anarkali into prison. Anarkali refuses to reject Salim. Salim revolts against his father, is beaten in battle, and sentenced to death. Anarkali buys his life with her own and is condemned to be walled up alive. However, Anarkali's mother begs for Anarkalis' life and the emperor relents; he exiles Anarkali rather than killing her.

Most tales of Salim and Anarkali end with Anarkali's death; the movie version is slightly more upbeat. However, Salim is still left to believe that Anarkali is dead and the lovers are still separated for the rest of their lives.

Release Date:

Jan 01, 1970


Drama, War, Romance, ,


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Cast & Crew

Director : K. Asif

Music Director : Naushad

Madhubala as Anarkali

Nigar Sultana as Bahar

M. Kumar as Sculptor Sangtaraash

Jilloo Maa as Anarkali's Mother

Sheela Delaya as Suraiya, Anarkali's Sister

Johnny Walker


Story Writer : Aman

Cinematographer : R. D. Mathur

Producer : Sterling Investment Corporation

Prithviraj Kapoor as Badshah Jalaluddin Mohammed Akbar

Durga Khote as Empress Jodha Bai

Ajit as Durjan Singh

Murad as Raja Mann Singh



Jalal Agha as Young Prince Saleem

Dilip Kumar as Salim

Story Writer : Kamal Amrohi

Editor : Dharmavir

Songs & Lyrics