Taj Mahal

Director: Akbar Khan

Taj Mahal – An Eternal Love Story captures and immortalises the glorious golden period of the Mughal Era from the ruins of time, making it the most expensive film ever made in Bollywood. Akbar Khan displays this period in all its grandeur, opulence and brutality, through the use of elegant and eye-capturing costumes, costly sets and amazing cinematography.

The film introduces promising actress, Sonya Jehan, grand-daughter of the legendary singer-actress Noor Jehan. Sonya plays Mumtaz Mahal, the beautiful and exquisite woman who was behind the making of the Taj Mahal. The film also stars handsome newcomer Zulfikar Syed as the young Prince Khurram who builds the spectacular Taj Mahal as a tribute to his love when Mumtaz dies during childbirth. Overpowered by grief, the emperor etched her story in stone to build her the finest sepulchre ever.

The film boasts an outstanding supporting cast including Kabir Bedi who superbly plays the aged Shah Jehan and Manisha Koirala as Jehan Ara, daughter to Shah Jehan and mediator between father and son, Aurangzeb, in the bloody power-struggle for the Mughal Empire.

Arbaaz Khan plays the role of Aurangzeb, the ruthless usurper who murders his own brothers and imprisons his father in his lust and hunger for power. Pooja Batra is very effective in her role as Noor Jehan, the shrewd and ambitious Empress and Kim Sharma is her spoilt daughter who tries to seduce Prince Khurram in order to become the next Mughal Empress.

The film portrays the Mughal era as a combination of fierce battle, awful revenge, love, hate and passion. Brothers destroyed each other and sons rebelled against fathers in their rivalry for the throne. Akbar Khan captures all these emotions and dramatic scenes in this grand saga that traces the making of Taj Mahal.

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