against Salim and says he will be spared any punishment
if he hands over Anarkali).
A desperate Akbar orders Anarkali’s execution. When
asked to express her dying wish she asks to be allowed to
spend a night with Salim, as his queen — so that his
promise to her is fulfilled. Her wish is granted. A highly
ecstatic night sequence is followed by a plunge into
agony at daybreak when Anarkali is led away by the
But will this indeed prove to be the last night of
Asif limns the film in his individualistic style: Not a
single extraneous frame, a relaxed exposition in his
scenes. Suraiya is shown running from Salim’s mahal to
Anarkali’s house and the long distance intelligently
underlines the social distance between the two lovers.
R D Mathur’s cinematography is one of the film’s many
pieces deresistance, whether it is epic scale battle scenes
or intimate close ups of Dilip Kumar tickling an impas-
sioned Madhubala’s face with a feather. But the most
talked about scene continues to be the Sheesh Mahal
shot where the image of a Madhubala twirling like a top
to the strains of Chhup Na Sakega Ishq Hamara is cap-
tured in hundreds of pieces of fragmented mirrors of the
By Aman and Kamal Amrohi
* Anarkali, when presented with thorns by Salim:
“Jahenaseeb. Kaantonkomurjhanekakhaufnahin. [I
am fortunate to receive thorns because thorns never
Jodhabai: “Hamara Hindustan koi tumhare dil
nahin hai laundi jispar hukumat kare [Our Hindustan
is not your heart which a nautch girl can rule over].”
Salim: “Toh mere dil bhi aapka Hindustan nahin hai,
jo aap uspar hukumat kare [By the same token, my
heart is not your Hindustan that you impose your will
* The story, adapted from a famous stageplay, had
been successfully filmed as Anarkali before, most
famously with Bina Rai in 1953. K Asif had originally
conceived the film in the 1940s with Nargis, Sapru and
Chandramohan in the roles eventually played by
Madhubala, Dilip Kumar and Prithviraj Kapoor.
* Prithviraj Kapoor would look into a mirror as tall as
himself before each shot. When K Asif asked him why
he did so, he replied, ‘I do so to get under the skin of the
* Mughal-e-Azam was Madhubala’s crowning glory
but sadly, she could not sign any films thereafter
because of cardiac health problems.
* Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain says, ‘I was con-
sidered for the role of the young Dilip Kumar. But the
role was eventually played by Jalal Agha.’
* K Asif completed only one other directorial venture
in his life, Phool (1944).
* Naushad says he recorded some 15 to 20 songs for
the film but not all of them were used. Dilip Kumar, in
keeping with his princely role, did not sing a single
* For Jab Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, lyricist Shakeel
Badayuni and Naushad had a brainstorming session on
the latter’s bungalow’s terrace that lasted a whole night.
They came up with a song that has become the signature tune for rebellious lovers. ;
There will be a dramatic shift to an exciting and
thrilling phase. Intimate relations and money
might cause a bit of restlessness.
You face the dilemma of whether to put family
or work first. You also have to deal with
long-term investments. Your health might bother you a
You will find yourself pumped up with
enthusiasm to pursue hobbies and creative
inclinations. You go all out to add comfort at home and
in your life.
The growth trend of last week will continue,
especially in the intellectual and creative
domains. Don’t be too judgmental and critical.
Most of your financial problems will be taken
care of. Personal worries will disappear and this
will help you concentrate on work.
Forecasts for your week
August 10 to 16
After a week of achievements & stable finances
you focus on relationships. Bonds get stronger.
This phase is going to be challenging. You might
realize that you have been pursuing the wrong
goals. Passion & desires of utmost importance.
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This is likely to be a hectic week. Expenses and
anxiety are likely to bother you. Avoid excesses.
Your ingenuity will inspire fresh activities and
result in progress. You’re likely to make long-term changes and commitments.
Your desire to excel professionally and your
persistent efforts will help you win respect and
admiration. You will be rewarded. There will be
Your conflicts & troubles come to an end.
You will be more objective, pragmatic & will be
able to take criticism positively. You will indulge in
Financial and work pressures will come
down. Support and encouragement from loved
ones will give you strength. Be ready for rewarding