I was watching mugle e azam movie on tv.It is a bollywood movie.It was based on love story of Prince saleem and Anarkali.Prince saleem was son of Mughal emperor Akbar.The legendry love story of Salim & Anarkali is story that every lover knows. It is one of most tragic love stories known to people. The Mughal prince Salim falling for courtesan Anarkali is kind of stuff that legends are made of. The relationship of Salim & Anarkali outraged Mughal emperor Akbar to extent that both father & son decided to go on war. However, as all great love stories are associated with disastrous ending, love affair of Salim & Anarkali did blossom, only to meet tragic fate. It has been rightly said that only those love stories are remembered which end in catastrophe, and such has been fortune of Salim & Anarkali.
We have read and watch movies on so many lovers.Examples romeo juliat.Heena Ranji and many more but Anarkali and saleem story is also a famouse and sad story.Sad beacuse,they did not meet in the end.
In Mughal e azam Madhubala played the role of Anarkali,who was also beautiful actress of that time.And dilip kumar played the role of Prince saleem.Movies was blockbuster at box office.It was the movie which change the era of bollywood.
The son of great Mughal emperor Akbar, Salim, fell in love with ordinary, but most beautiful courtesan Anarkali. And Anarkali was known for her dancing skills, & as much as for her beauty. Salim was mesmerized by her beauty & fell in love as soon as he saw her. But, emperor could not digest fact that his son was in love with an ordinary courtesan. Then He started pressurizing Anarkali & devised all sorts of tactics to make her fall in eyes of the young, love smitten prince. When Salim came to know of this,then he declared a war against his own father.
But mighty emperor’s gigantic army proved too much for young prince to handle. He was defeated & sentenced to death.
Sharf Un Nissa or Nadira Begum was a slave girl who migrated to the Lahore from Iran with trader’s caravan. A servant in royal harem of Mughal Emperor Akbar, & she was skilled singer & graceful dancer. One day when empress ordered her to sing for Emperor, she mesmerized him completely. & He was so captivated with her voice as well as the beauty that he entitled her with a suitable name of Anarkali Bud of a Pomogrenate.
Prince Salim future Jahangir & his legendary illicit love Anarkali Anarkali Emperor Akbar’s Concubine & Prince Salim’s Lover
Akbar fell prey to her beauty & even made her his concubine. She was slave and so was made a concubine, I am sure if should have been of blue blood, & Anarkali would have been suitable to become Emperor’s next queen. With her intelligence & beauty, Anarkali soon became Akbar’s favorite concubine. And Not many in the royal harem were pleased with Akbar’s love for her & soon women got jealous of her. However, it was not just her beauty that the captivated Akbar, it was the Anarkali’s ability too.
And Anarkali was greatly talented when it came to fine arts & this delighted Emperor who was great connoisseur of art himself. She was also skilled miniaturist & even painted in Lahore Palace. Historic records reveal that she was mother of Prince Daniyal, and Akbar’s second son after Prince Salim.
It is not secret that Prince Salim, son of Akbar & Harkha Bai was rude spoilt boy who spent most of his time in wine & women. Then he Fed up of his bad habits, Akbar had sent Prince Salim to army so that he could learn how to be good ruler. Following which he was brought back to kingdom.
It was month of April, spring was in year when Lahore was celebrating the Akhri Charshumba, second month of Islamic calendar.
And The royal family male members were getting reading for function. Sadqua, offering of all kinds were getting ready in gold plate with silver jowls of mustard oil & before offering the cold coins male members were seeing their face.
Salim too was offered plate & while seeing his reflection, the he saw beautiful Anarkali. this is how passionate love affair started.
Soon two met covertly in gardens of Lahore, expressing their love to each other. However, true love like fire can not be hidden for long time & tales of their love soon started circulating. One of jealous concubines then confronted news to Emperor.
At first emperor could not believe his ears & so he ordered his loyal eunuch to keep watch on two. The two lovers, & however, were not aware of the watching spy & continued their romance. And The eunuch soon confirmed news to Shahenshah who was furious with both, betrayal of his concubine and the treachery of his son. And so he resolved to give her exemplary punishment by sending Salim to another mission & punishing Anarkali brutally.
There are two entirely different versions of end of this beautiful woman.
First, she was taken to region near current Anarkali Bazaar in Lahore by Akbar’s guard men & buried alive in large ditch after strapping her to board of wood.
And in a second description of story illustrates that Emperor Akbar helped Anarkali run off from trench through series of secretive tunnels with her mother only with guarantee of Anarkali to disappear from Mughal Empire & never to return back. Thus it is not known whether Anarkali survived or nother. This was the version adopted for the famous bollywood movie Mughal e Azam
And Anarkali was 44 when she was having an affair with Prince Salim & he was 30. Prince Daniyal was 27 at that time, story however does not find any mention in Akbar Nama & Ain i Akbari for obvious reasons. And The name Anarkali has been immortalized in curious way in todays times.
And now Anarkali Salwar suits & dresses, popular as formal wear, owe their name to her.