Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Afghanistan-born Arshi Khan to play Aurangzeb's wife in India's first 4D Bollywood film

Afghanistan-born Arshi Khan to play Aurangzeb's wife in India's first 4D Bollywood film



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While director V Ganesh Kumar is busy preparing for India's first mainline Bollywood 4D film and would like Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan to play the lead roles in the film, Afghanistan-born, Bhopal girl Arshi Khan is fine tuning her Urdu-speaking skills. The production house Ganesh Saraswati Films has announced that Arshi Khan will play the role of Aurangazeb's first wife - Rabia-ud-Daurani in the historical film to be produced at an approximate budget of Rs 120 crore.



Who was Emperor Aurangzeb's first wife?


Rabia-ud-Daurani (1622 – 1657) was the Empress of the Mughal Empire as the first wife and chief consort of Emperor Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughal Emperors. She is also known by her birth name Dilras Banu Begum. The Bibi Ka Maqbara at Aurangabad was commissioned by her husband as her final resting place. Dilras Banu Begum was born a princess of the prominent, Safavid dynasty, the ruling dynasty of Iran (formerly Persia) and one of its most significant ruling dynasties. She was the daughter of Mirza Badi-uz-Zaman Safavi (titled Shahnawaz Khan and popularly known as Mirza Deccan) whose great-grandfather was the son of Shah Ismail I Safavi. Shahnawaz Khan was the governor of Gujarat.


The wedding of Aurangzeb with Dilras was one of the grandest of affairs in the history of Mughal weddings in the World - and will be portrayed in the film tentatively titled as The Last Emperor. Dilras Begum married Prince Muhi-ud-Din who later came to be known as Aurangzeb on 8 May, 1637 at Agra. As decided by the imperial court astrologers, their marriage ceremony was held at four hours to dawn, amid lavish and grand celebrations and took place at Shahnawaz Khan's mansion.

As Aurangzeb's chief consort, Dilras wielded considerable influence over him, and ruled his zenana and harem. She was amongst the highest ranked figures at the Mughal court unlike her husband's secondary wives, who were very unpopular at court. However, Dilras did not take part in court politics and in administrative affairs as her husband did not seemed to have allowed even her to interfere in such matters.Her known physical and personal attributes describe her as being beautiful, vivacious, charming, and fair colored. Pertaining to her character, she seems to have been a proud and self-willed woman and her husband stood in some awe of her.


Bibi Ka Maqbara at Aurangabad
After giving birth to her fifth child, Muhammad Akbar, Dilras possibly suffered from puerperal fever, due to complications caused by the delivery and died a month after the birth of her son. Upon her death, Aurangzeb's pain was extreme. Three years after her death, in 1660, her husband commissioned a mausoleum at Aurangabad as her final resting place, known as Bibi Ka Maqbara which means Tomb of the Lady. It is notable that Aurangzeb never raised monumental edifices during his half-a-century reign, but made just one exception, to build the mausoleum of his wife. Here, Dilras was buried under the posthumous title of "Rabia-ud-Daurani". The Bibi Ka Maqbara bears a striking resemblance to the famous Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of Dilras' mother-in-law, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. Bibi Ka Maqbara was the largest structure that Aurangzeb had to his credit. Aurangzeb, himself, is buried a few kilometers away from her mausoleum in Khuldabad.




According to Kumar, the film will also be released in a normal cinema-scope version and a 3D version, as there are not many 4D equipped screens in the country.  The Last Emperor will be shot predominantly in Maharashtra, but will also have schedules in Andhra Pradesh and other parts of South India. The film also has a mention of the Nizam of Hyderabad and a huge set is being planned on the outskirts of Hyderabad to replicate and old 17th century fort. 

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