Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya

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"Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya"
Song by Lata Mangeshkar
Language Urdu
English title "I Have Loved, So What Is There to Fear?"
Released 1960 (1960)
Recorded 1960
Genre Bollywood film song
Length 6:21
Composer(s) Naushad
Lyricist(s) Shakeel Badayuni

"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 is shot in a set inspired by the Sheesh Mahal of the Lahore Fort.


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 the early part of the evening and lasting until next day.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


The song "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya" was filmed in a set inspired by the Sheesh Mahal of 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.[1] 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.[5] 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.[6]


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  3. ^ "Mughal-e-Azam turns 50". Hindustan Times. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Music mogul". Hindustan Times. Highbeam. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2012. (Registration required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Is it sunset for Bollywood's magnificent 'sets'?". The Indian Express. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Burman, Jivraj (7 August 2008). "Mughal-e-Azam: reliving the making of an epic". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.