K. Asif

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K. Asif
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Asif Karim

(1922-06-14)14 June 1922
Died9 March 1971(1971-03-09) (aged 48)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1945 - 1971
Spouse(s)Sitara Devi
Nigar Sultana
Akhtar Khan (1964-71)
ChildrenAkbar Asif, Shabana Asif, Shoukat Asif, Muniza Asif. Tabeer K Asif Quraishi, Zooni K Asif.

K. Asif, born Asif Karim (14 June 1922 – 9 March 1971), was an Indian film director, film producer and screenwriter who is famous for his work on the Hindi/Urdu epic motion picture, Mughal-e-Azam (1960).

Early life[edit]

Born Asif Karim (آصِف کرِیم) in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India to parents Dr. Fazal Karim and Bibi Ghulam Fatima. Asif went to Bombay and later took the name K. Asif. He became a successful director.[citation needed]


His directorial debut, Phool (1945), did very well at the box-office. In 1944, Asif planned to make a film called Mughal-e-Azam based on the life and times of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great's court dancer, based on a Urdu novel 'Anarkali' written by Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, with Chandramohan in the male lead and the then upcoming actress Nargis in the female lead. However, in 1946, before the production of the film could begin, the male lead, Chandramohan, died. At that time, Asif temporarily shelved the film until further notice. He produced the film Hulchul and released it in 1951.[citation needed]

At that time, Asif recast Mughal-e-Azam with Dilip Kumar in the male lead and Madhubala in the female lead and began the production of the film in the same year. In 1960, after twelve years in production, Mughal-e-Azam was released and became a huge hit at packed cinema houses across India.[citation needed]

After the release and success of Mughal-e-Azam, Asif planned yet another motion picture called Love and God, his first directorial venture to be made completely in color, and began production. The film was to star Guru Dutt in the male lead and Nimmi in the female lead. However, in 1964, when lead actor Guru Dutt died, shooting came to a halt. Asif recast Sanjeev Kumar in the male lead and resumed production of the film. During the production of the film, K. Asif died on 9 March 1971 at the age of 48 and the film was abandoned. In 1986, Asif's widow, Akhtar Asif, (Younger sister of Dilip Kumar) released the film in an incomplete form.[citation needed]




  • Hulchul (1951)
  • Mughal-e-Azam (1960)


  • Mughal-e-Azam (1960) (screenplay)



  • K. Asif; Nasreen Munni Kabir; Suhail Akhtar (2007). The immortal dialogue of K. Asif's Mughal-e-azam. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-568496-4.


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