Mughal E-Azam: The Musical

  • 26 Jul 2018

This Broadway-style musical based on the 1960 Bollywood film Mughal-e-Azam is directed by Feroz Abbas Khan and produced jointly by Shapoorji Pallonji Group and the Indian National Centre for the Performing Arts (India).

Astro Bollyone HD and Tara HD, in collaboration with MI Cultural Events, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Indian High Commission of Malaysia, is bringing this world class musical to our shores on the 10 & 11 August 2018 at Istana Budaya.

This is the first large-scale Indian Broadway-style musical, and was in production for ten months. It was well received by critics in the media and entertainment industry. In 2017, it won seven out of the fourteen Broadway World India Awards including Best Play, Best Director and Best Costume Design.


In the era of the Mughals, Emperor Akbar's desire of a son is fulfilled when his wife, Jodhabai, gives birth to Salim, who grows up to be a spoiled brat filled with disrespect and self-indulgence.

Consequently, he's sent off to war in Akbar's army and returns as a reformed person with perseverance and discipline fourteen years later. Salim, now a young man, falls in love with Anarkali, a lowly courtesan. Bahar, a dancer who covets the love of the Prince, is filled with jealousy upon discovering the secret affair and exposes it to Akbar.

The emperor, full of royal pride, vehemently disapproves of the relationship and imprisons Anarkali, which leads Salim to declare an open rebellion against him. The war between father and son changes the lives of everyone in the empire threatening the foundations of the Mughal rule in India.


The technical team included Drama Desk Award-winning light designer David Lander; Emmy-nominated John Narun for projection design, who has previously worked on Madonna’s concerts and productions at Radio City Music Hall in New York and production designer Neil Patel, a recipient of the Obie Award and Helen Hayes Award, who recreated the design of Emperor Akbar’s Sheesh Mahal (mirror hall) on set.

Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra designed over 550 costumes and choreographer Mayuri Upadhya recreated the dance sequences from the film for the play.


Mughal-e-Azam recruited a cast and crew of over 350 people, including 30 classically trained Kathak dancers. Since the lead actresses had to both sing and dance simultaneously, two actresses — Neha Sargam and Priyanka Barve — played the part of Anarkali alternatively.
Look at the rave reviews given by Bollywood A listers on the show:

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Info source: Wikipedia

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