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History will be created on November 12, when Bollywood's black and white classic, Mughal-e-Azam, will be re-released in colour.

Directed by K Asif, Mughal-e-Azam starred Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala. It was released in 1960 and was one of the biggest blockbusters of its time. It did a business of Rs 30 million, on an investment of Rs 15 million.

The film tells the tragic love story of Anarkali (Madhubala), a dancer in Emperor Akbar's (Prithviraj Kapoor) court and Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar). It took all of nine years and six months to make.

Now, Umar Siddiqui, Managing Director of the Indian Academy of Arts & Animation Private Limited, and his team of about 100, have carried out the restoration work over a year, and are preparing for a Diwali release.

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