How will you celebrate 60 years of an iconic film like Mughal-e-Azam ? If you are K Asif’s son, Akbar Asif you’ll celebrate it in a grand way. Director, K Asif who created the iconic film is no more now but his son, Akbar Asif is submitting the screenplay of his legendary film to the Oscars Library in Hollywood.
Situated in UK, Akbar submitted the screenplay to the Academy, since he wanted to celebrate the film’s 60th anniversary. The iconic film had starred legends of Indian Cinema such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala.
The iconic film will complete 60 years on Wednesday. With the submission of the film’s screenplay, this means now three versions of the screenplay in – Hindi, Roman Text and English Translation are available at Margaret Herrick Library. You may ask, what is the significance of this library ?
Well, it is a place which is the Academy’s research and reference centre. It is devoted to the history and development of motion picture as an art form and industry.
Mughal-e-Azam has created records in Indian cinema. While, it did broke the box office records at the time of its release, it is still one of Bollywood’s highest grossing films.
To honor the film’s rich legacy, in 2013 the film was marked as the greatest Bollywood film ever made. Obviously, given the films rich scale and technology used to make it in the 60s, the film deserved this honor.
Its submission to the Oscar Library is not only a proud achievement for the film’s makers but also for India. Seldom are films such as Mughal-e-Azam which come and capture the attention of every generation.