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Resurrection of Mughal-e-Azam

Construction major Shapoorji Pallonji & Co once again has lofty plans to enter Bollywood. The firm had once financed the Dilip Kumar-Madhubala starrer great love story Mughal-e-Azam.

The film, which had grossed Rs 40 lakh (Rs 4 million) in the first week had cost Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 15 million) then. The film is now being revived by the third generation Shapoor Pallonji Mistry.

The 40-year old Mistry plans to invest Rs 5 crore (Rs 50 million) in the restoration, sound effects (Dolby) and transforming the black-and-white epic into colour.

Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd has a rich history of over 135 years in the construction industry in India and overseas. It was one of the first Indian construction companies to venture out to the middle east in the 1970's. The palace for his Majesty Sultan Qaboos in Muscat was their first overseas project.

Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd. started as Littlewood Pallonji & Co and was awarded its first construction contract way back in 1865.

Mughal-e-Azam hit the screens in 1960 after almost fifteen years in the making, its initial cast being Chandramohan, Nargis and Sapru in the roles finally played by Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala and Dilip Kumar.

Premiered simultaneously in 150 theatres all over the country the film became the biggest money grosser in those times.

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