Among the costliest movies of its time, Mughal - E - Azam is the first magnum opus of Indian cinema. A story of love and justice, the movie depicts the tussle between a shrewd Emperor and his love-struck son. Emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) celebrates the return of his son, Crown Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) with a lot of pomp and fervour. Akbar's happiness though is shortlived as Salim indulges in a public affair with Anarkali (Madhubala), a courtesan. Things come to such a pass that Crown Prince Salim rebels and declares war against his father. Will Akbar - The Great, go to the extent of sacrificing his son for the sake of honour?