Mughal-E-Azam (Mughal the Great)
Published: Thursday 2005-08-18.
This week, a Bollywood festival is taking place in Oslo at the Soria Moria cinema. “Bollywood” is a humorous name given to the movie industry of Bombay (Mumbai), which produces large amounts of movies every year in the special Indian style with many song and dance number, and with a pause half-way through the movie, which easily can be more than three hours long.
Even though this year is the third year the Bollywood festival takes place, and despite me having the cinema where it takes place in walking distance, yesterday was the first time I went there. I have seen one Indian movie in its entirety before, but then it was on DVD. I did see it projected onto a film screen, but Indian movies are often quite grand and work better the bigger the display.
The movie I saw yesterday was Mughal-E-Azam (Mughal the Great), a movie from 1960 that was originally filmed in black and white, but which now has been colourised. It is a grand movie, the comments on the Internet Movie Database are mostly very positive and I am inclined to agree. When it comes down to basics it is a rather simple story about an impossible love between a prince and a slave, but it is told in such a beautiful way. I can wholeheartedly recommend this movie.