Madhubala was not the first choice, ‘Anarkali’ was to become Raj Kapoor’s actress, Dilip Kumar’s 1 mistake spoiled the plan

Dilip Kumar film Mughal e Azam Raj Kapoor

New Delhi. Whenever it comes to films of the 60s, the evergreen love story ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ automatically comes to mind. Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor starrer was a classic film released about 63 years ago. It was released on 1960. In this film, Dilip Kumar-Madhubala enlivened it by playing the role of ‘Salim-Anarkali’. The pairing of both of them looked great in the film. However, now you will be surprised to know that by playing the role of ‘Anarkali’, Madhubala became immortal forever. She was not the director’s first choice for ‘Anarkali’ at all.

Nargis was the first choice of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ director Karimuddin Asif (K Asif). The filmmaker wanted to cast Nargis opposite Dilip Kumar. It was Nargis who was being finalized for Salim’s Anarkali. However, things did not work out. Dilip Kumar is believed to be the reason behind this. Now you must be thinking that Dilip Kumar must have offered to make a film with Madhubala in place of Nargis. So it is not like that either. The truth is that Nargis herself refused to work opposite Dilip Kumar and rejected the offer of ‘Anarkali’.

Makers plan was something like this
Let us tell you that when the makers were planning for ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, Nargis was the most hyped actress of that time. As beautiful as she was. At the same time, his acting was also very much liked. In other words, Nargis was the star of that time. Everyone was desperate to do films with him. Dilip Kumar himself also liked Nargis and he himself wanted to do this film with her. Apart from this, Asif, the director of the film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ also wanted Nargis.

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Anarkali was about to become Nargis
This has been written in great detail in Rajkumar Keswani’s book ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. According to the book, director K Asif chose Dilip Kumar to play Salim and Nargis to play Anarkali. According to the book, Dilip Sahab was very excited about this film, as he was getting a chance to romance Balan’s beautiful Nargis. On the other hand, when Nargis, desperate for the film and Anarkali’s character, came to know that Dilip Kumar was going to play the role of Salim in Anarkali, she refused to work in the film. According to the book, Nargis did not want to do the film with this Dilip Kumar at all. The reason behind this was her alleged lover Raj Kapoor and her mother Jaddanbai.

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Raj Kapoor became the reason
According to the book, Nargis refused to do this film for two reasons. First, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor were good friends and Raj Kapoor did not want Nargis to work in this film. In those days everyone was talking about the story of Nargis-Rajkumar. The second reason was the 1951 film ‘Hulchal’. Please tell that this film was directed by K Asif, the director of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. Dilip Kumar and Nargis were in the lead roles in this film.

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Controversy related to the shooting of ‘Hulchal’
It was told in the book that when the shooting of the film ‘Halchal’ was going on. The makers inserted some intimate scenes between Nargis and Dilip Kumar, which Nargis’s mother did not like. It is said that Dilip Kumar and Asif used to get along well. In such a situation, Dilip Kumar took advantage of their friendship and got some scenes shot in the film according to his own. Nargis’s mother came to know about this and she got angry with both Dilip Kumar and Asif.

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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 03, 2023, 12:28 IST

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