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ANARKALI Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj

ANARKALI

Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj

Published December 22nd 2013
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Kindle Edition
209 pages
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The classic Urdu play, Anarkali was first published in Lahore in 1922. It was written by renowned playwright, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj and retold in the epic Indian movie, Mughal-e-Azam (1960).The story takes place in 16th century India. Prince Saleem,MoreThe classic Urdu play, Anarkali was first published in Lahore in 1922. It was written by renowned playwright, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj and retold in the epic Indian movie, Mughal-e-Azam (1960).The story takes place in 16th century India. Prince Saleem, eldest son of Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great has returned home after years of military service. He falls in love with Anarkali, a beautiful court dancer and wants to marry her. The Emperor objects because she is of low birth and thus, an inappropriate match for his son. This is underlined when Anrakali performs her art in the Hall of Mirrors. Her sworn enemy, Dilaram another slave-girl, has fixed a mirror so that the Emperor notices Anarkalis lustful gestures of infatuation for Saleem. He orders her to be imprisoned. Saleem defies the Emperor by visiting her prison cell where she begs him to save her as well as his own life. Saleem promises to do so, but if he is to prevail, he must face the full force of the Emperor’s will.The play has many parallels with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as the ‘star-crossed lovers’ discover that the course of true love never did run smooth.