Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) has a weak and pleasure-loving son Salim (Dilip Kumar) who falls in love with Anarkali (Madhubala) a court dancer. Akbar firmly objects to their marriage. The movie traces the efforts of the couple to stand up to Akbar.
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The story, adapted from a famous stageplay, has been successfully filmed as Anarkali before, made famously with Bina Rai in 1953. Mughal-e-Azam was Madhubala's crowning glory but sadly, she could not sign any films thereafter because of her heart problem.This movie took almost a decade to complete. It was one of the most expensive films made those days. As Prince Salim enters Akbar's Palace after the battle, real pearls were thrown in his welcome.