Did you know that Nargis and Meena Kumari were approached by K. Asif before Madhubala became Anarkali in Mughal-E-Azam? | Hindi Movie News

For the iconic Mughal-E-Azam, it was not Madhubala, but Nargis and Meena Kumari who were approached first by director K. Asif. This was revealed by Raza Murad and Javed Siddiqui at the book launch of Sunil Salgia’s, “Once Upon A Time in Bollywood” as a tribute to late K. Asif recently.

Raza Murad said, “K. Asif planned the film with actor Sapru as Prince Salimand Nargis as Anarkali but that didn’t get materialised.

Also he was someone who would not start anything until he was satisfied .” He added, “There couldn’t have been more suitable actors than Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala for the roles they played. I think the almighty had sent them on this mission and that mission was completed.”
Javed Siddiqui, who was the chief guest at the book launch along with K. Asif’s daughter spoke about his style of narration. He said,”Dilip Kumar used to fondly talk about K. Asif. He narrated one incident that shows not only was he was appreciative of poets, but he himself was also a very good story narrator. When he narrated the script to Prithviraj Kapoor, the actor was very excited to play the titular role and he agreed.”
He added, “K. Asif said that he wanted to cast Meena Kumari in the film. She used to stay at Janki Kutir in those days. So, Naushad, Prithviraj Kapoor, and K. Asif went to meet Meena Kumari. K. Asif explained the role of Anarkali and the whole story to Meena Kumari. After the two-hour narration, when they stepped out, Prithviraj Kapoor asked K. Asif, “What am I doing in the film?” Just imagine how brilliant a narrator he must have been. When he narrated the story to Kapoor, he thought the film was his, and when he narrated it to Meena Kumari she felt that it was her film.”

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