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Sheesh Mahal: Palace of Mirrors


"Dressed in the baggy white cotton suit of a Bombay businessman, Producer Karim Asif stands proudly in his glittering Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace. Asif's extravaganza Mughal-eAzam was produced here at a cost of over $2 million, an Indian record.)"
-found this captivating image in movie special issue of LIFE magazine dated 20 Dec 1963.

It took K. Asif 14 years to make the film.

It took weeks to build 35 feet high, 80 feet wide and 150 feet long Sheesh Mahal set at Mohan Studios for the 'Pyar kiya to darna kya' song. The glass was imported from Belgium. According to R.D. Mathur, the cinematographer of the famous song, lighting for the song included hundreds of reflectors and  beams of 500 trucks.

After the completion of the film, for at least two years Sheesh Mahal, covered with a huge tarpaulin and open to a select few people, continued to remain the centre of attraction. And then it was gone.

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Update: Photographer was Brian Brake for the series published in Life.

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