Bollywood Saturday Did you know that Ashok Kumar Nargis starred in this epic biopic about Emperor Humayun?

Bollywood Saturday: Ashok Kumar and Nargis Dutt made history with their magnum opus Humayun long before Bollywood experimented with the historical epic genre. Humayun, released in 1945, was a box office success and was directed by none other than legend Mehboob Khan. Mehboob had directed the blockbuster of its time based on the life of Mughal Emperor Humayun, father of Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. Asok Kumar and Nargis played central roles in the historical drama. Mehboob Khan later gave Nargis the best films of her career, including Andaz (1949) and Mother India (1957). Ashok Kumar had previously worked with Mehboob Khan in the 1945 classic Najma (1943).Also read – Bollywood Saturday: Did you know that Raj Kapoor took sweet revenge on Raj Kumar in Mera Naam Joker?

Humayun was a 1945 blockbuster

Humayun was one of the biggest debuts of 1945 and was well received by audiences. Ashok Kumar, known for his impeccable acting skills, played the young prince Humayun. Later he inherits the inheritance of his father Mīrzā Zahīr ud-Dīn Muhammad aka Babur and becomes Badhshah Naseerudin Humayun. Nargis, the daughter of the famous Indian singer, composer, dancer, actress and filmmaker Jaddanbai Hussain, starred in the film Hamida Bano Begum. Hamida Bano was Humayun’s wife and the mother of his successor son Akbar. Nargis had previously worked under the direction of Mehboob Khan taq deer (1943). Also read – Bollywood Saturday: Raj Kapoor was inspired by the Archies long before Zoya Akhtar

Nargis was the first choice for Mughal-E-Azam

Nargis artistry and craftsmanship have always been admired by audiences and critics alike. Impressed by the actor’s versatility, K Asif had offered Nargis Anarkali’s role Mughal-E-Azam to tragedy king Dilip Kumar. Nargis, Raj Kapoor’s darling, was banned by the filmmaker from working on the epic love story. Raj Kapoor was possessive of his female leads and totally opposed to them working for rival banners other than RK Studio. Humayun Made in India before independence is one of the most successful classics by Hindi cinema theater makers – Ashok Kumar and Nargis. Also Read – Millionaire Overnight! Bihar Barber hits the jackpot and wins Rs 1 Crore in the IPL “Dream Team” competition

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