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India’s First Broadway-style Musical ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ to Begin North American Tour Next Month

India’s First Broadway-style Musical ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ to Begin North American Tour Next Month

  • The play is a tribute to K. Asif’s 1960 classic film of the same name and centers on the love story between Prince Salim and Anarkali.

India’s first Broadway-style musical “Mughal-e-Azam” a tribute to K. Asif’s 1960 classic film of the same name, is making its way to North America next month. Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji Group, the production will kick-start its 13-city tour over the Memorial Day weekend with performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. Followed by New York, Chicago, Toronto and more. 

“Mughal-e-Azam” revolves around the conflict between Prince Salim and his father, Emperor Akbar, over Prince’s love for Anarkali, a courtesan in the royal court. Upon learning of this forbidden relationship, Emperor Akbar vehemently disapproves and must choose between his responsibility towards his empire and his duty as a father of a beloved son. The play is in Hindi/Urdu or Hindustani, with LED screens displaying English subtitles.

With a cast and crew of over 150, the production premiered in Mumbai in 2016 and has received critical acclaim across the world. Described as India’s most expensive theatre production, “the show includes mesmerizing dance sequences, spectacular lighting, extravagant costumes and live signing,” Broadway World notes. 

Khan told Broadway World that “the production is a tribute to K. Asif’s masterpiece” starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala, which has “enthralled the audiences for over six decades.” Describing it as “a musical of unprecedented scale, intensity and grace,” Khan called it “the finest moment in Indian theater.”

He told GQ India that “recreating this classic storyline on such a grand scale came with its own challenges.” For him, “the toughest part” was “to carry a beloved classic’s legacy forward in a different medium and interpret it in a unique voice.”

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Madhubala as Anarkal in the film “Mughal-e-Azam.”

“Mughal-e-Azam,” the film is considered a milestone in Indian cinema and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian films of all time.

The movie took almost a decade to complete and was the most expensive Indian film produced at that time. The grandeur and scale of the film are evident in the sets, costumes, and intricate details, making it a visual treat. The iconic and elaborate Sheesh Mahal scene is a masterpiece of Indian cinema, where Anarkali dances with candles, reflecting in the mirrors, and creating an enchanting ambiance.

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