Set in 16th century AD, the movie brings to life the tale of the doomed love affair between the Mughal Crown Prince Saleem and the beautiful, ill-fated court dancer, whose fervor and intensity perpetrates a war.
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For a different twist on the legend, seek out "Anarkali" (!953). It lacks the extravagance of this movie, but has a more austere beauty of its own. A crude Hollywood equivalent might be in having the same story done first by Ulmer then later remade by Minnelli.