Motion Pictures Archive of Pakistan

The Love of a Mughal Prince

Also known as… Anar Kali 

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1924-1947 Films




1928 Silent Average

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The film is also known as Anar Kali, it may be called as first major bid for the national market from Lahore based production which used the seminal Urdu historical play of 1922, with the author Imtiaz Ali Taj himself playing the Mughal emperor Akbar. It recounts the love story between Prince Salim (Singh), Akbar‘s son, and the slave girl Anarkali (Seeta). Following on from the Osten-Rai Orientalist dramas, and produced by the Indian partners responsible for Prem Sanyas 0925), it also features Seeta Devi as the heroine and is the directorial debut of Prem Sanyas’ art director and the lead actor of Sbiraz 0928), Charu Roy. The big-budget picture was beaten to the screen that same year by the rival and more successful Imperial version Anar Kali starring Sulochana and directed by R.S. Choudhry.

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Genre: Drama l Biographical Color: Run Time: NC



Credited cast:

 Seeta Devi as Anar Kali
image not aval Sawan Singh as Saleem
image not aval Charo Roi
image not aval Hakim Ahmed Shuja
Maya Devi
image not aval Raj Kumar
image not aval Bashir Ahmed
 Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj as Akbar
image not aval Deewan Sharar
M.S. Dar
C. M. Rafi Pirzada 
image not aval Patraz Bukhari
image not aval Shakuntala Tembe
image not aval Shujat Ali Hasni
image not aval Shanta Kumari

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Great Eastern Film Corporation


Great Eastern Film Corporation


Prafulla Roy

Charu Roy


Hakim Ahmed Shuja

Imtiaz Ali Taj’s play Anarkali


Prafulla Roy

Hakim Ahmed Shuja

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V.B. Joshi




Great Eastern Film Corporation




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Drama l Biographical

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The story of the film is based upon the seminal Urdu play of 1922 written by Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj. It recounts the love story between Prince Salim, son of Mughal emperor Jalal ud Din Akbar, and the slave dancing girl Anarkali. Anarkali is walled up for her love for the emperor’s son.


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