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PRINCE SALEEM
Treat me as a father and not as a king and give me my Anarkali!
EMPEROR AKBAR
Though I am a beloved father to a kind son, I can't ignore the duties of an emperor. I cannot change the destiny of India for my son's love.
PRINCE SALEEM
Times change, emperors change, destinies change... but when love grips a person, that person does not change!
EMPEROR AKBAR
Salim, you must change, you must!
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RAJA MAANSINGH
the surgeon is waiting for permission - Prince! Won't your wounds be washed?
PRINCE SALEEM
[flourishing his sword] They are not wounds, they are flowers, and the withering of flowers is shameful for spring. Look at my sword - it's not only a killer, it is a sweetheart; as well as a sword it is the branch of a flower.
RAJA MAANSINGH
The humour that has bathed in blood for 14 years is filled with poetry - how strange!
PRINCE SALEEM
Nothing strange about it - if the poetry of Khayyam is written on stone, will it change its meaning?
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PRINCE SALEEM
Do you see any fear in your son's face?
EMPRESS JODHA BAI
Absolutely not, I have trust in my blood. I came to congratulate you - a true Rajput prince may even have death as his bride. [she places a garland Bahar gives her on his neck. Bahar's face is tear-stained]
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ANARKALI
Prince, for God's sake, don't lose this grace of princeliness.
PRINCE SALEEM
[holding the candle to her face] I want to demolish this wall of higher and lower. Anarkali, look at me - I want to see my love in your eyes.
ANARKALI
[covering her eyes] Prince, don't look, it doesn't have anything in it but the grief of a servant.
PRINCE SALEEM
Forget that you are a servant, and let Salim see in your eyes what you feared to speak.
ANARKALI
Don't snatch my dreams from my eyes, I'll die.
PRINCE SALEEM
Anarkali! I'll convert those dreams into reality...
ANARKALI
Someone's coming - they'll see you!
PRINCE SALEEM
Let them see me!
ANARKALI
This servant can bear separation from you but can't bear your disgrace! [she leaves him]
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ANARKALI
Prince! Someone is watching us... [she leaves, with a dismayed Salim watching her go]
PRINCE SALEEM
Whoever disobedient person dares to come here must be present at the palace. [he also leaves. Later, Bahar comes to him in the palace]
BAHAR
Your slave is here. [he grabs a dagger and hurls it at her, but just misses]
BAHAR
[taking the dagger and handing it to him] The disobedience of the dagger surprises me. And I lament my wretched life. Give the insolent dagger one more chance of victory - I have enough blood in me.
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PRINCE SALEEM
Are you here to forgive a traitor's fault?
EMPEROR AKBAR
No, I am here as an unfortunate father, whom people called king, comes to see a displeased son and seek his love.
PRINCE SALEEM
Your love woke up after ruining your son's love?
EMPEROR AKBAR
[pleading with his son] I swear by God, I am not an enemy of love but a slave of my own principles!
PRINCE SALEEM
And so Salim himself is a slave of his love!