|Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sanjay Chhel|
|Produced by||Champak Jain|
|Written by||Sanjay Chhel|
|Based on||To Be or Not to Be|
Edwin Justus Mayer
Kay Kay Menon
|Music by||Anu Malik|
|Edited by||Santosh Devdhar|
|Distributed by||Venus Records & Tapes|
Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam (Hindi: मान गये मुग़ल-ए आज़म), is a 2008 Indian crime-comedy film about a group of actors who attempt to prevent an underworld conspiracy from destabilizing the Indian government. The film is set in 1993 after the communal riots that followed the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The film stars Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat and was directed and written by Sanjay Chhel. The movie is loosely based on the 1983 movie To Be or Not to Be which itself was based on the 1942 movie of the same name.
When the Kalakar Theatre Company, a theatre group in Goa, attempts to stage a political drama, the local authorities close down the play and force them to perform a more traditional play, a stage version of Mughal-E-Azam. The company then discovers that an underworld don is engineering a bomb blast to shake confidence in the Indian government. The drama company forms a plan to save the entire city from the blast. The actors, led by their producer Uday (Paresh Rawal), are assisted by RAW agent Arjun Rastogi (Rahul Bose) in their efforts to foil the bombing. Arjun falls in love with Uday's wife, Shabnam (Mallika Sherawat) who also becomes involved with an ISI agent (Kay Kay Menon). Performing multiple roles in disguise, the characters eventually save the entire nation from the bomb blast.
- "Ek Toh Sharab Kam" - Pankaj Udhas
- "Aaj Mood Hai Ishqaiyaan" - Sunidhi Chauhan
- "Ishquiyaan (Remix)" - Sonu Nigam
- "Marmari Baahe (Remix)" - Anu Malik, Mahalakshmi Iyer
- "Marmari Baahein, Sandhali Saansein" - Kunal Ganjawala, Mahalakshmi Iyer
- "Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya" - Shaan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Ishq Bector, Anushka Manchanda
- Mallika Sherawat as Shabnam
- Rahul Bose as Arjun
- Paresh Rawal as Uday Shankar Mazumdar
- Kay Kay Menon as Haldi Hassan
- Manoj Joshi as Police Inspector Patil
- Zakir Hussain as Show Director Dubey
- Pawan Malhotra as Qayyum Cable (Maut ka Label)
- Viju Khote (Vijoo Khote)
- Homi Wadia
- Tannaz Irani as Champa
Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam received mostly negative reviews from critics. It received one star out of five from Khalid Mohamed and was termed "deliriously bad" by Anupama Chopra. It also performed poorly at the box office and was declared a flop.
- "'Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam' a different comedy". Indo-Asian News Service. 22 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- Mohamed, Khalid (22 August 2008). "Mughal-e-Boredom". Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- Chopra, Anupama. "Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam". NDTV. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- "Rahul's going great!". Times of India. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2009.