LONDON: Big names from Bollywood come together in London for a unique Urdu poetry tribute to iconic movie Mughal-e-Azam and its legendary director K. Asif.
Guest list included Celebrated writer Javed Akhtar, multi-award winning actress Shabana Azmi Multitalented Actor, filmmaker Farhan Akhtar International acclaimed actor Irfan khan, Deepesh Salgia, who recently produced the Mughal-e-Azam stage Musical, and Feroz Abbas Khan, who directed Mughal-e-Azam Musical.
Event took place in front of a high profile audience at the prestigious BAFTA building in the heart of the British capital on July 13.
Haya Asif, who is the granddaughter of K. Asif, has produced what promises to be one of the most unique events of the year.
“Mughal-e-Azam continues to captivate and inspire audiences. A lot has been done to celebrate the timeless classic in the past including a series of paintings by MF Husain, documentaries including one hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and stage productions like the recent record-breaking musical in India, but I wanted to help put together something that celebrated the soul of the movie, which was the incredible writing,” said Haya Asif.
The three world-class talents will put their own unique spin on the wonderful words created by K. Asif and his team with a live poetry recital, on stage discussion and some interesting surprises.
UK based writer, musician and filmmaker Sangeeta Dutta acted as moderator for the first of its kind event that will be filmed and made available to audiences at a later date.
Legendary filmmaker K. Asif made the monumental romantic epic Mughal-e-Azam, which is unparalleled in cinematic excellence,” said Shabana Azmi.
Meanwhile Javed Akhtar sees being part of the celebratory tribute as an honour and paid a glowing tribute to K. Asif. “When you think of K. Asif the words that come to your mind are dignity, power, aesthetics, literature and an extreme beautiful sense of cinema.
Undoubtedly he was a great filmmaker and whatever stories I have heard about him tell me that the power of Akbar and Mughal-e-Azam came directly from him.
So I feel really humbled that I have been given this opportunity to talk about him,” said Javed Akhtar.
Released in 1960, Mughal-e-Azam smashed box office records and became the highest grossing Indian movie of all time.
It has since become an important part of popular culture and was named the greatest Indian movie of all time in 2013, which marked the hundredth anniversary of the industry.
The story of the doomed love affair of Prince Salim and Anarkali starred Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor in the lead roles.