[Daily article] November 12: Mughal-e-Azam

Mughal-e-Azam (The Emperor of the Mughals) is a 1960 Indian epic
historical drama film directed by K. Asif and produced by Shapoorji
Pallonji, re-released in colour on 12 November 2004. Starring Prithviraj
Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, and Durga Khote, it follows the love
affair between Mughal Prince Salim (who went on to become Emperor
Jahangir) and Anarkali, a court dancer. Salim’s father, Emperor Akbar,
disapproves, and war ensues. Sixteen years in development, the film cost
more to produce than any previous Indian motion picture, and had the
widest release. The soundtrack, inspired by Indian classical and folk
music, is often cited as one of the finest soundtracks in Bollywood
cinematic history. It became the highest-grossing Bollywood film at the
time, and won one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards.
Mughal-e-Azam was the first black-and-white Hindi film to be digitally
coloured and re-released theatrically. Considered a milestone of its
genre, it earned praise from critics for its grandeur and attention to
detail. Film scholars have welcomed its portrayal of enduring themes,
but question its historical accuracy.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1028:

Future Byzantine empress Zoë first took the throne as empress
consort to Romanos III Argyros.

1892:

William Heffelfinger was paid $525 by the Allegheny Athletic
Association, becoming the first professional American football player on
record.

1912:

The bodies of Robert Falcon Scott and his companions were
discovered, roughly eight months after their deaths during the ill-fated
British Antarctic Expedition 1910.

1991:

In Dili, East Timor, Indonesian forces opened fire on student
demonstrators protesting the occupation of East Timor, killing at least
250 people.

2006:

Although the Georgian government declared it illegal, South
Ossetia held a referendum on independence, with about 99 percent of
voters supporting, to preserve the region’s status as a de facto
independent state.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

periegesis:
A description of an area or territory.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name Vilified, crucified, in
the human frame A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker Hineni, hineni I’m ready, my Lord.  
–Leonard Cohen

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