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Did you know that renowned filmmaker K Asif’s full name was Karimuddin Asif?


K Asif

K Asif

K. Asif (14 June 1922 – 9 March 1971) was a film directorfilm producer and screenwriter who was famous for his work on the Hindi epic motion picture, Mughal-e-Azam (1960).

Some interesting trivia about Mughal- e-Azam:

  •  Mughal- e-Azam was (counting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas) the most expensive film ever made in Indian history. Tailors were brought from Delhi to stitch the costumes, specialists from Surat-Khambayat were employed for the embroidery, Hyderabad goldsmiths made the jewellery, Kohalpur craftsmen designed the crowns, Rajasthan ironsmiths crafted the weapons, and the elaborate footwear was ordered from Agra. For the battle sequence, 2000 camels, 4000 horses and 8000 troops were used, many of them soldiers on loan from the Indian Army. Altogether the film cost Rs. 1.5 crores (38.29 crores in present terms).
  • It took over 10 years for the movie to be complete.
  • The song “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kiya” has an unusual history to it: it cost Rs. 10 million at a time when a film would be made for less than a million; it was written and re-written 105 times by the lyricist, Shakeel Badayuni, before the music director, Naushad, could approve of it; it was shot in the renowned Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors); and in those days of sound recording, editing and mixing, as there was no way to provide the reverberation of sound, Naushad had Lata Mangeshkar sing the song in a studio bathroom. You can hear the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdOS-0sIW-Y
  • For the battle sequence, 2,000 camels, 4,000 horses and 8,000 troops were used, many of them soldiers on loan from the Indian Army. This was arranged through special permission through the Indian Ministry of Defence-a rare occurrence today. The soldiers came from the Jaipur regiment of the Indian army.