Anarkali (1966 film)

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Cover of the songbook of Anarkali
Directed by Kunchacko
Produced by Kunchacko
Written by Vaikom Chandrasekharan Nair
Starring Prem Nazir
K. R. Vijaya
Ambika Sukumaran
Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair
Music by Baburaj
Edited by SPS Veerappan
Distributed by Excel Productions
Release date
  • 27 August 1966 (1966-08-27)
Country India
Language Malayalam

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.[1] The film stars Prem Nazir and K. R. Vijaya in the lead, with Sathyan, Thikkurissy, Ambika and Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair playing other major roles.[1]


Prince Salim falls in love with Anarkali, a courtesan in his father Akbar's kingdom. Akbar forbids Salim to prolong this affair as he wants his son to marry a Rajput princess and thereby strengthen communal harmony. 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 executed.


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.[1]

Historical inaccuracies[edit]

  • The film was completely shot from Kunchacko's Udaya Studio and failed in setting the Moghul era on screen.[1]
  • 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.[2]


The music was composed by MS Baburaj and lyrics was written by Vayalar Ramavarma.[3][4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aruthe Aruthe LR Eeswari Vayalar Ramavarma
2 Baashpakudeerame P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
3 Chakravarthikumaaraa LR Eeswari Vayalar Ramavarma
4 Ee Raathrithan Vijanathayil P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
5 Ezhu Chirakulla Theru P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
6 Maathalapoove P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
7 Mukilasimhame P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
8 Nadikalil Sundari K. J. Yesudas, B Vasantha Vayalar Ramavarma
9 Pranayaganam P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
10 Sapthaswarasudhaa PB Sreenivas, M Balamuralikrishna Vayalar Ramavarma
11 Thaalathil Mugdha K. J. Yesudas Vayalar Ramavarma
12 Vidarumo P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d B. Vijayakumar (31 May 2010). "Anarkali (1966)". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ Kaveree Bamzai (22 February 2008). "Romeo and Juliet in Rajasthan". India Today. Archived from the original on 25 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Anaarkali". Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Anaarkali". Retrieved 2014-10-11. 

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