The Festival will feature a comprehensive selection of contemporary cinema from around the globe, reflecting Dubai's multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community, and which will serve as an effective platform for inter-cultural dialogue and global understanding. Akbar Khan's Taj Mahal finds its glory in being included as a "HistoricalS
Incidentally, Taj Mahal is also the first film to have had an exclusive screening hosted by the Ambassador of Turkey, Hasan Gogus for over 60 ambassadors. Gogus avers that Akbar Khan's magnum opus"brought out the splendour of an era bygone, both in terms of compassion and technical excellence… a rich tribute to the historic monument which speaks of the proud passions of an Emperor's love wrought in living stones."
Recalls Akbar Khan, "it was a great honour when over 60 ambassadors saw the film and I had a standing ovation after the show. With the ongoing recognition with the Dubai fest, and the fresh censor certificate on the Director's Cut, this is just the beginning of the revival of the Taj."
Made at an estimated mammoth budget of Rs 70 crore, 'Taj Mahal recreates the Mughal era through opulent sets, royal costumes and jewellery, as Akbar Khan, engagingly narrates the eternal love between emperor Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal.The marble inlay work, furnishing and hundreds of
The costumes were researched thoroughly by Anna Singh. Khan even acquired authentic pieces of artillery and weaponry for the main stars. Thn'e screenplay carefully integrated the characters during the time of Anjuman Bano and Shah Jahan. Interestingly, even none of the history books delve into this. While the music is timeless, thanks to Naushad and lyricist Naqsh Layallpuri who followed Khan's vision, an American technical crew was part of the special effects and computer graphics in the battle scenes and in the building of the monument.
"Taj Mahal is a glorious passage of history to life. It strives to transport viewers to the times of the Peacock Throne and to experience a romance that turned into an eternal love story," elaborates Akbar Khan, who seems to have renewed energies with the re-emergence of Taj Mahal at the Dubai Fest this year. Actors Pooja Batra, Manisha Koirala and Kabir Bedi will also attend the Dubai festival to view Akbar Khan's Director's Cut of Taj Mahal – An Eternal Love Story.