No wonder, I was excited too to read an epical tale around this legend that has been a subject of many a debate.
Unfortunately though, this 190 page tale turned out to be a boring affair that succeeds in holding, well, just academic interest. Academic, because this is what the entire content appears, as there is hardly anything belonging to the entertainment quotient. Instead, it is the author's own perspective on what the film meant to him. So what one gets to read are Zankar's take on the technical aspects of the film, the music, the shot divisions, the costumes, the dialogues and stuff alike.
Now even that could have made for a fairly interesting read, had the presentation been engaging enough. Sadly, that doesn't quite happen and from a reader's perspective, you lose interest in the proceedings quicker than you must have imagined.
A few years back there was another book on the same subject, which was titled 'Mughal-E-Azam – An Epic of Eternal Love'. Though not flawless either, that Shakil Warsi written book had still managed to entice some good response, courtesy many anecdotes that were shared about the making of the film. It had succeeded quite well in bringing some spicy details, scoops, gossips, grapevine, speculations, rumours, bitter truths and outright lies about Mughal-E-Azam, hence packing in quite a lot for the reader to have a non-stop read.
In case of 'Legend as Epic' though, there is none of that on display. Instead, it comes as a white paper study which isn't fluid enough to make you actually flip around the pages with excitement and check out what the author has to offer.
Of course one may argue that for a film made half a century ago, there is hardly anything that can be unearthed, especially considering the fact that with an exception of Dilip Kumar, no one from the principle cast or crew is alive today. Well, in that scenario, perhaps a different subject may have been the chosen one! Reason being that for something as big as 'Mughal-E-Azam' which carried such tremendous potential to be explored, it is heartbreaking to lay hands on a book which doesn't deliver even close to what is expected out of it.
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