Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya
|"Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya"|
|Song by Naushad Ali|
|From the soundtrack of Mughal-e-Azam|
Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya ("I have loved, so what is there to fear?") is a song from the famous Indian movie Mughal-e-Azam (1960), which was directed by K. Asif. The song was created by Naushad and sung by Lata Mangeshkar and chorus. The song, when the film was first released, was in colour. It also includes the fabulously made set of Sheesh Mahal of the Lahore Fort and the dance by Anarkali (Madhubala), in the court of Salim (Dilip Kumar).
The composition of "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya" was especially time-consuming – on the day of the song's recording, Naushad rejected two sets of lyrics made by Shakeel Badayuni. Subsequently, a "brainstorming session" was held on Naushad's terrace, beginning in early evening and lasting until next day. Late in the night, Naushad remembered a folk song from eastern Uttar Pradesh with the lyrics going as "Prem kiya, kya chori kari hai..." ("I have loved, does it mean that I have stolen?"). The song was converted into a ghazal and subsequently recorded. At that time, since there was no technology to provide for the reverberation of sound heard in the song, Naushad had Lata Mangeshkar sing the song in a studio bathroom.
The song Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya was filmed in a set built as a replica of the Sheesh Mahal in the Lahore Fort, in the Mohan Studios. The particular set was noted for its size, which measured 150 feet in length, 80 feet in breadth and 35 feet in height. A heavily-discussed aspect of the set was the presence of numerous small mirrors made of Belgian glass, which were crafted and designed by workers from Firozabad. The sequence was reported to have cost 1 million to execute, a price higher than the budget of an entire film at that time. The high cost increased fears that the financiers of the film would face bankruptcy.
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