Mumbai: The famous film Mughal-e-Azam is still one of the best films of Hindi
cinema. Film maker K. Asif is remembered as one such person, Who made an
indelible impression on the audience’s heart through his films in a three-decade
long cine career. K. Asif original name Qamruddin Asif was born on 14 June
1922 in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, to a middle class Muslim family. In the forties, he
came to Mumbai to live with his maternal uncle Nazir where he had a tailor shop.
His maternal uncle used to supply clothes in films, as well as he produced one or
two films of small budget. K. Asif started sharing his maternal uncle’s work.
During this time, he started getting an opportunity to go to the film studio with his
maternal uncle and gradually his interest in films increased. He was very
impressed with the love story of Salim, Anarkali and thought that he would make
The famous film on it when he got the chance. In 1945, as a director, he started a
cine career with the film “Phool”.
K Asif started film journey in the year 1945
This film with big stars like Prithviraj Kapoor, Suraiya and Durga Khote proved
to be a super hit at the ticket window. After the success of this film K. Asif
decided to make his ambitious film “Mughal-e-Azam” and chose Sapru for the
role of actress Veena and Akbar for the role of Chandramohan Anarkali for the
role of Shahzada Salim.
The interesting fact related to the movie Mughal-e-Azam is that K. K. Asif faced
a lot of problems. He selected actor Sapru for the role of Shahzada Salim and
proposed to Akbar’s character in front of Chandramohan, but Chandramohan told
him clearly that I would like to work in this film on the same condition when the
director of this film Will be some one else. On this, K. Asif replied .. I will wait
for the day when you will like my appearance. He chose Chandramohan for
Akbar’s character because his eye was also blue like actor Sapru’s. Actor
Chandramohan died untimely in the year 1946. Meanwhile, the age of actresses
Veena and Sapru were dragged on. K. Asif proposed to play Akbar in front of
Sapru and chose Nargis for the role of Anarkali and Dilip Kumar for the role of
Salim but Sapru, who had worked with Nargis as an actor in films, refused to play
Akbar. done. Later Actress Nargis also refused to act in the film. Asif then
proposed to play the role of pomegranate bud opposite Madhubala and selected
Prithviraj Kapoor for the role of Akbar.
The famous film was rejected by many artists of that time
In the year 1951, the construction work of Mughal Azam started again. At the
same time, Asif started the production of the film ‘Hustle’ with Dilip Kumar,
Nargis and Balraj Sahni. The film screened in the year 1951 proved successful at
the ticket window. An interesting fact associated with this film is that Balraj Sahni
also had to go to jail due to his involvement with IPTA and his revolutionary and
communist views. He used to shoot the film under special arrangement at the
request of the producer and after the shooting was over he went back to jail.
Asif faced a lot of problems in the making of the movie Mughal-e-Azam. It took
almost 10 years to produce while another film ‘Anarkali’ based on Salim
Anarkali’s love story also went on to become superhit. In the year 1960, when
Mughal-e-Azam was displayed, it broke all records at the ticket window. The
music of the film became very popular in those days. An interesting fact
associated with this film is that composer Naushad refused to give the music of
the film. It happened that Asif offered Naushad an advance of Rs 1 lakh to give
the music of the film, but Naushad turned down the offer to give music due to his
busyness. Asif wanted Naushad’s music in the film at all costs.
He convinced Naushad with much effort for this famous film
When he lured Naushad to work for money, he turned back and said .. Do you
think that everything can be bought with money and you will buy everything.
Raise your money I will not do films. On this, Asif saheb said in a pinch, “How
will I not give so much money that no one would have given till today.” When
Asif saheb gestured to increase more money, Naushad got angry and threw a
bundle of notes. The notes in the room were scattered.
Naushad’s wife and servant gathered all rupees from floor
Then his wife and servant took all the notes, then Naushad said, “Good Asif sir,
you keep your money with us, we will work in the film.” After the success of the
movie Mughal Azam, K. Asif gave Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu He started
the production of ‘Sasta Khoon Mehanga Pani’ but after shooting for a few days,
he stopped the production of this film and Laila Majnu’s film about Gurudutt and
Nimmi Based on the story, Mohabbat and Khuda started construction. After the
sudden demise of Gurudutt in the year 1964, he allowed actor Sanjeev Kumar to
work in place of Gurudutt. But his dream was not fulfilled and on 9 March 1971
he suffered a heart attack and said goodbye to this world. Later, with the efforts of
his wife Akhtar, the film was released in the year 1986.