If Saleem and Anarkali Blogged

October 07, 2006
Sakshi Juneja

Maria (Filmiholic) has asked me this intriguing question:

Which movie characters should have had blogs and in what ways would their blogs have changed the movie plots?

After giving it some thought and expending a considerable amount of brain energy, I have arrived at the old Bollywood classic, Mughal-e-Azam.

Mughal-e-Azam was released in 1960, directed by the late K. Asif and starring Prithviraj Kapoor (Badshah Jalaluddin Mohammed Akbar), Dilip Kumar (Shehzada Nooruddin Mohammad Saleem) and Madhubala as Anarkali.

The film is based on the true love story of Prince Salim and court dancer Anarkali. The difference in their social status caused a rift between Prince Saleem and his father King Akbar, who could not accept a court dancer as his daughter-in-law and the future queen of Hindustan.

Anyway, getting back to answering the question, if Saleem and Anarkali had blogs then surely there would have been significant changes in their real and reel lives.

For Instance, one can only imagine the amount of cash and personal jewelry Prince Saleem would have saved, if he could have used blog posts to narrate his feelings to the beautiful Anarkali rather than sending messages through Suraiya and others and having to pay them to do so.

Through their blogs, Saleem and Anarkali could have touched the hearts of thousands of (hopefully) sensitive educated people, who would later start an online "In the Name of Love" campaign and put immense pressure on King Akbar not to go ahead with the war. We bloggers are known for immense dedication and sincerity towards various blog crusades against the wrongs of society.

The level of quality love poetry in the blogosphere would have undoubtly skyrocketed. Anarkali's dramatic song "Jab Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya" would have turned out to be a blog post that would have been linked by the most number of blogs.

Anarkali could have had the option of meeting many, presumably, eligible bachelors other than Saleem via her blog and if she had selected one of them, then history would have had a different story to tell.

Through blogs, their love story would have gained more global popularity just like their friends Romeo and Juliet. India could have topped the chart of most favorite couples from yester years, rather than than topping the charts for corruption.

So there you have it, the above and many more curiosities of how lives of Prince Saleem and Anarkali would have changed, if only they were presented with the brighter prospects that the world blogging offers us today.

Now I pose to question to you: tell me which character (from a film) would you choose and why?

And please be a sport and participate.

Saakshi O. Juneja is an active blogger, feminist and overboard dog lover. Currently working as a Business Development Manager for a sportswear manufacturing company in Mumbai, India. Did graduation in Marketing & Advertising from Sydney, Australia. As far as blogging is concerned...is a complete Blog-a-holic.
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October 7, 2006
10:23 AM

"The film is based on the true love story of Prince Salim and court dancer Anarkali." -- Not true. There is little or no evidence proving this legend.

Nonetheless, it was a masterpiece movie - can watch it again and again.

Coming to your question - I would have loved to see any of these blogging:

Mogambo from Mr. India - would love to know his ideas on world peace.
Any of the six/all six prisoners from "Do Aankhen

Barah Haath" - Would love to know the way they changed from crminals to humans.

Circuit from Munnabhai!

hehehe :)

hehehe :). Or maybe

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