Taj Mahal

Film

Time Out says

Set in the Great Mogul period (1592-1666) in India, this familiar tale recounts Emperor Shah Jehan's (Bedi/Syed) dedication to build a fitting 'monument of love' for his beautiful dead wife Mumtaz (Jehan). Purporting to be Bollywood's most expensive film to date, the film has epic aspirations in every frame. But lavish sets, huge battle scenes and costly costumes do not a 'Mughal-e-Azam' make. Some of the rupees should have been spent instead on acting lessons for the large C list cast, and on proper subtitling as the  poetic Urdu dialogues get lost in literal translation. Khan adopts his Indian tele-serial approach to filmmaking: the result is an overlong glossy soap. Only Naushad's haunting score successfully recreates the mood of a bygone era.

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Details

Release details

Release date:
Friday November 18 2005
Duration:
175 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Akbar Khan
Screenwriter:
Fatima Meer, Akbar Khan
Cast:
Zulfikar
Sonya Jehan
Kabir Bedi
Manisha Koirala
Pooja Batra
Arbaaz Ali
Kim Sharma
Melind Gunaji
Vaquar Sheikh
Arbaaz Khan