Anarkali (1966 film)
Cover of the songbook of Anarkali
|Written by||Vaikom Chandrasekharan Nair|
K. R. Vijaya
Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair
|Distributed by||Excel Productions|
Anarkali is a 1966 Malayalam romance film based on the historical love story between Prince Salim and Anarkali. Directed and produced by Kunchacko, the film was a direct adaptation of the 1953 Hindi film of the same name. The film stars Prem Nazir and K. R. Vijaya in the lead, with Sathyan, Thikkurissy, Ambika and Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair playing other major roles.
Prince Salim falls in love with Anarkali, a courtesan in his father Akbar's kingdom. Akbar forbids Salim to prolong this affair as he wanted his son to marry a Rajput princess and thereby strengthen communal harmony. So Akbar forbade Saleem from seeing Anarkali again. But Salim becomes blind in his love for Anarkali leading to a struggle between father and his adamant son. All of Akbar and Minister Man Singh's attempts to separate the lovers fail.
Salim and Akbar have a serious argument, which goes to the extent of Salim leading a campaign against his father. Salim is defeated in the ensuing war and is sentenced to death. Empress Jodhabai begs Akbar to spare the life of their son, but he does not accede to her request. Anarkali is sentenced to be buried alive. Salim escapes from the jail and rushes to save Anarkali from the punishment. But before he reaches the burial ground, Anarkali's punishment is execution.
- Prem Nazir as Prince Salim
- K. R. Vijaya as Anarkali
- Sathyan as Akbar
- Thikkurissy as Man Singh
- Ambika Sukumaran as Jodhabai
- Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair
- Adoor Bhasi
- S. P. Pillai
- Manavalan Joseph
- K. J. Yesudas as Tansen
- L. P. R. Varma
The film's cast includes playback singer K. J. Yesudas and music director L. P. R. Varma playing small roles. Yesudas played Tansen, who was a pioneer in Indian music and one of Akbar's Navaratnas. In a scene, Yesudas lip-sync a song which was sung by P. B. Sreenivas.
- The film was completely shot from Kunchacko's Udaya Studio and miserabily failed in setting the Moghul era on screen.
- Akbar's wife Mariam-uz-Zamani is called Jodhabai in the film. Though she has been also referred to by this name in modern times, she was never known as such during her lifetime.
- "Nadikalil Sundari Yamuna" – Yesudas, B. Vasantha
- "Ezhu Chirakulla Theru" – P. Susheela
- "Sapta Swarasudha Sagarame" – P. B. Sreenivas, M. Balamuralikrishna
- "Maadhalappoove Maadhalappoove" – P. Susheela
- "Chakravarthikumara Nin Premasamrajyam" – L. R. Eswari
- "Pranayaganam Paaduvaanai" – P. Susheela
- "Bashpakudeerame" – P. Susheela
- "Ee Rathrithan Vijanathayil" – P. Susheela
- "Mukilasimhame" – P. Susheela
- "Thaalathil Mugdha" – Yesudas
- "Vidarumo" – P. Susheela
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