Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam

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.[1] 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.

Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySanjay Chhel
Produced byChampak Jain
Ratan Jain
Written bySanjay Chhel
Based onTo Be or Not to Be
StarringRahul Bose
Mallika Sherawat
Paresh Rawal
Kay Kay Menon
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited bySantosh Devdhar
Distributed byVenus
Release date
22 August 2008


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.


  1. "Ek Toh Sharab Kam" - Pankaj Udhas
  2. "Aaj Mood Hai Ishqaiyaan" - Sunidhi Chauhan
  3. "Ishquiyaan (Remix)" - Sonu Nigam
  4. "Marmari Baahe (Remix)" - Anu Malik, Mahalakshmi Iyer
  5. "Marmari Baahein, Sandhali Saansein" - Kunal Ganjawala, Mahalakshmi Iyer
  6. "Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya" - Shaan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Ishq Bector, Anushka Manchanda



Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam received mostly negative reviews from critics. It received one star out of five from Khalid Mohamed[2] and was termed "deliriously bad" by Anupama Chopra.[3] It also performed poorly at the box office[4] and was declared a flop.


  1. "'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.
  2. Mohamed, Khalid (22 August 2008). "Mughal-e-Boredom". Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  3. Chopra, Anupama. "Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam". NDTV. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  4. "Rahul's going great!". Times of India. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
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