Mughal-e-Azam (The Emperor of the\r\nMughals) is a 1960 Indian epic historical drama film.
Emperor Akbar (Prithviraj\r\nKapoor), who does not have a male heir, undertakes a pilgrimage to a\r\nshrine to pray that his wife Jodhabai (Durga Khote)\r\ngive birth to a son. Later, a maid brings the emperor news of his son's birth.\r\nOverjoyed at his prayers being answered Akbar gives the maid his ring, and\r\npromises to grant her anything she desires.
The son, Prince Salim,\r\ngrows up to be spoiled, flippant, and self-indulgent. His father sends him off\r\nto war, to teach him courage and discipline. Fourteen years later Salim returns\r\nas a distinguished soldier (Dilip Kumar) and falls in love with\r\ncourt-dancer Nadira, whom the emperor has renamed Anarkali (Madhubala),\r\nmeaning pomegranate blossom. The relationship is discovered by the jealous\r\nBahar (Nigar Sultana), a dancer of a higher rank,\r\nwho wants the prince to love her so that she may one day become queen.\r\nUnsuccessful in winning Salim's love, she exposes his forbidden relationship\r\nwith Anarkali. Salim pleads to marry Anarkali, but his father refuses, and\r\nimprisons her. Despite her treatment, Anarkali refuses to reject Salim, as\r\nAkbar demands.
Salim rebels and amasses an army to confront Akbar and\r\nrescue Anarkali. Defeated in battle, Salim is sentenced to death by his father,\r\nbut is told that the sentence will be revoked if Anarkali, now in hiding, is\r\nhanded over to die in his place. Anarkali gives herself up to save the prince's\r\nlife, and is condemned to death by being entombed alive. Before her sentence is\r\ncarried out, she begs to have a few hours with Salim as his make-believe wife. Her\r\nrequest is granted, as she has agreed to drug Salim so that he cannot interfere\r\nwith her entombment. As Anarkali is being walled up, Akbar is reminded that he\r\nstill owes her mother a favour, as it was she who brought him news of Salim's\r\nbirth. Anarkali's mother pleads for her daughter's life. The emperor has a\r\nchange of opinion, but although he wants to release Anarkali he cannot, because\r\nof his duty to his country. He therefore arranges for her secret escape into\r\nexile with her mother, but demands that the pair are to live in obscurity, and\r\nthat Salim is never to know that Anarkali is still alive.