12 Years Of Black

“Black” which released on 4th Feb 2005, has become an iconic movie for Bollywood..

Written by Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Bhavani Iyer, “Black” was loosely based on the English movie “The Miracle Worker” which released in 1962. It told the story of the bond and relationship of a deaf & dumb girl Michelle McNally (Rani Mukherjee) and her teacher Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan). Dialogues were written by Prakash Kapadia.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali thought of the idea of “Black” while preparing for his first movie “Khamoshi-The Musical” which released in 1996, but it was only after “Devdas” which released in 2002 that Sanjay actually went ahead with “Black”. It is said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to make “Bajirao Mastaani” after “Devdas” with the cast comprising of Salman Khan as Bajirao, Aishwarya Rai as Mastaani and Rani Mukherjee as Kashi Bai, but due to personal conflict between Salman and Aishwarya the movie was scrapped, so Sanjay decided to make a low budget quickie and that is how “Black” was made.

12 Years Of Black

 

The principal cast comprised of Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukehrjee, Ayesha Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal. It is said that Rani Mukherjee was initially not very keen to play the role of Michelle as she was not very confident of doing justice to such a difficult role, but it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s belief in her that changed her mind and eventually she played the character of Michelle.

“Black” faced many hurdles during its production, one of the major setbacks was a fire which broke on the set of “Black” and destroyed the entire set erected in Film City. The production team had to re-create the sets from a scratch to resume the shoot. Another setback was during the outdoor at Shimla, for a particular sequence snow fall was to be depicted, but though the shooting was happening in January when it snows in Shimla, there was no snow falls that year. So to depict snow fall, snow making machines where used with sacks of salt which substituted for snow, but when you see the sequence you will not realize that it was fake snow. The major setback was when Sanjay did not get teh permission to shoot the indoor sequences in a vintage villa; hence a mammoth task was assigned to art director Omung Kumar to re-create the interiors of a pre-independence vintage villa in Film City, Mumbai.

“Black” was critical and a box office success, though being an unusual concept. Amitabh Bachchan was seen in a completely different avatar in the movie, far removed from his super star persona. “Black” fetched Amitabh Bachchan his second National Award for Best Actor, earlier he got his first National Award for Agneepath. Additionally Amitabh won all the major awards for Best Actor including Filmfare for that year. Since “Black” Amitabh has done some path breaking roles in Cheeni Kum,  Paa, Piku and Pink out of which Amitabh Bachchan has received National Awards for Paa & Piku.

“Black” catapulted Rani Mukherjee to the league of good actresses and also consolidated her position in Bollywood. She won all the major awards for “Best Actress” including the Filmfare Award for “Black”. Another actor who created a mark with “Black” was Ayesha Kapoor who played the kid Michelle. Ayesha received the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor Female category.

Ravi K Chandran will be remembered for his brilliant cinematography of “Black”. He swept all the awards for Best Cinematography for that year including a Filmfare award.

“Black” won 11 Filmfare awards, making “Black” the movie which has received the maximum no. of Filmfare Awards till date.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is famous for his music and extravagant song sequences, surprisingly did not have a single song in Black, but still it captured the hearts of the audience till today.

“Black” I think is the best movie that Sanjay Leela Bhansali made till date. The movie had the correct emotional content which was shot with technical finesse and the performance from the entire cast was just magical.

“Black” is and will remain a cult classic for Indian Film Industry, and it is one of the “Must Watch” movies of Bollywood…

Watch the movie trailer of “Black”

58 Years Of Kaagaz Ke Phool

Guru Dutt the master film maker gave some timeless classic like Kaagaz ke Phool, Pyaasa, Mr & Mrs 55, Aar Paar, Baaz, Jaal & Baazi. Pyaasa & Kaagaz Ke Phool being his best.

“Kaagaz Ke Phool” which released on 2nd Jan 1959, was a disaster at the box office then, but later it has been considered as a cult classics and Guru Dutt’s best work.

558 years of Kaagaz Ke Phool

“Kaagaz Ke Phool” told the story of a successful film maker Suresh Sinha ( Guru Dutt) who his going through a turmoil in personal life with his wife Bina (Veena Sapru), as Bina hails from a rich family and Suresh as film maker is beyond her social status. Both Suresh & Bina have a daughter Pammi (Baby Naaz) who is sent to a boarding school in Dehradun due to the family issues. One day Suresh on rainy night meets Shanti (Waheeda Rehman) and gets impressed by her beauty and casts her as Paro for his movie Devdas. Both Suresh and Shanti come close to each other in course of time, this infuriates Suresh’s daughter Pammi, and Pammi meets Shanti and asks her to leave her father alone. Shanti leaves Suresh and shifts to a small village and starts working as a teacher. In the mean time both Suresh and Bina separate and Suresh looses the custody of his daughter to Bina. Shanti is forced to return to films as she has an obligation as per her contract. Suresh defeated from life finds solace in alcohol, and looses all his name and fame. Shanti seeing Suresh’s condition tries to help but Suresh due to his ego declines. Suresh dies a tragic death in the same studio which was once his…

Guru Dutt was inspired by the famous film maker of the 40’s Gyan Mukherjee’s life for the story of “Kaagaz Ke Phool”. Guru Dutt was closely associated with Gyan Mukherjee and he closely saw the rise and fall of Gyan Mukherjee. The Story & Screenplay was written by Guru Dutt’s close associate Abrar Alvi.
The principal cast of the movie comprised of Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Veena Sapru, Johnny Walker, Mehmood & Baby Naaz.

“Kaagaz Ke Phool” was the first cinemascope movie of India and its cinematography by V. K. Murthy is still considered to be masterpiece. For song sequence “Waqt ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam” , V. K. Murthy experimented various lighting patterns which still remains a technical masterpiece. V. K. Murthy won the Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography for “Kaagaz ke Phool”.

The soulful music of “Kaagaz Ke Phool” was composed by S D Burman. The ever green songs of the movie still haunt us and are still alive in people’s memory. Lyrics were by Kaifi Azmi. Two songs that became immensely popular and are still heard by music lovers, one being “Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam” sung by Geeta Dutt and second being “Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari” sung by Mohammad Rafi. Both the songs were rich in poetry and the composition a masterpiece.

It is rumoured that Guru Dutt after the completion of “Kaagaz ke Phool” invited many film dignitaries for a trial show which was held at his garden in his bunglow, after the trial show film personalities like Bimal Roy, K Asif, Mehboob Khan refrained from commenting on the movie, so Guru Dutt re-shot the entire movie with some changes in the cast which resulted in escalation of the production cost. The cinemascope format also cost him a lot, hence when the movie flopped Guru Dutt faced financial issues and vouched never to direct any more movies. So “Kaagaz Ke Phool” remains Guru Dutt’s last directed movie.

“Kaagaz ke Phool” set many standards in Indian cinema whether it was the cinematography or the script which was so intense or the performances. “Kaagaz ke Phool” scored high on every department. Today “Kaagaz ke Phool” is shown to film making student for the sheer brilliance that it was, but unfortunately the movie did NOT get its due when it released.

“Kaagaz ke Phool” is a must watch for every cinema lover around the world even today.

42 Years Of Deewar

Yash Chopra has an extra ordinary body of work, but “Deewar” will always be the shining gem in his career as a filmmaker.

“Deewar” is and always be an iconic movie for Indian movies, whether it is the script, the dialogues, the ensemble star cast, the performances or the direction, “Deewar” scored in all the departments.

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But what made the movie the huge success, is its strong writing by the duo writer Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar , popularly known as Salim-Javed. The story & screenplay mirrored the sentiments of the masses then who were disappointed due to the unfulfilled promises which were made after independence and the corruption which was brewing, and that struck the right chord with the masses. The story was of two brothers Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi (Shashi Kapoor), one brother Vijay chooses the wrong path to earn his living and becomes a smuggler, on the other hand   the younger brother Ravi chooses the path of righteousness and joins the police force. The tussle between ideologies of the two brothers and their mother becomes the crux of the story.

The impactful dialogues were like the cherry on the cake, some of the dialogues are still so famous like the iconic “Mere Pass Ma Hain” or the climax temple scene “Khush To Bahut Hoge Tum”. Each character was written with precision and made an impact on the audience. It is believed that Vijay’s role was loosely based on then Don Haji Mastaan who was also a coolie in the docks initially..

The casting of the movie went through a lot of changes, the original cast comprised of Rajesh Khanna playing the role of Vijay and Navin Nishchol playing the role of Ravi and Vijayantimala was cast in the mother’s role, but writers Salim-Javed insisted on Amitabh Bachchan being cast as Vijay as they had some problems with Rajesh Khanna in the past, so Amitabh Bachchan was signed up for the role of Vijay, due to which both Navin Nishchol and Vijayantimala refused to be part of the movie so subsequently Shashi Kapoor was signed to play Ravi and Nirupa Roy was signed to play the mother’s role. It is said that Yash Chopra almost finalized Waheeda Rehman to play the mother’s role after Vijayantimala exited, as he wanted a strong actor to play the role as it was a crucial character of the movie, but since Yash Chopra was simultaneously making “Kabhie Kabhie” wherein Waheeda Rehman was playing Amitabh Bachchan’s wife, so he thought that the casting Waheeda as Amitabh’s mother would be detrimental for “Kabhie Kabhie”, hence he dropped the idea and finally Nirupa Roy did the iconic role and she is still remembered for this role and later Nirupa Roy played Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in multiple movies.

Music was one of the strong points of any Yash Chopra movie but the plot did not have too much scope for songs, still two romantic songs were included which were shot on Shashi Kapoor and Neetu Singh were included, they were “Maine Tujhe Manga Tujhe Paya Hai” and “Keh Doon Tumhe”, both became popular, but the producer still though that song wise the movie lacked the punch, hence though shooting was over, a mujra song “Koi Mar Jaaye” was added and shot on Aruna Irani. The music was rendered by R D Burman.

The iconic look of Amitabh Bachchan of a knotted shirt was a result of an error by the tailor who made Amitabh’s shirt too long, and in order to camouflage the error it was knotted, which became a rage.

“Deewar” was released on 24th Jan 1975, and was a super hit, and ran for 100 weeks earning  1 crore from each territory and making it the 4th Highest grosser Bollywood movie of 1975..

It earned the highest no. of Filmfare awards for the year beating the iconic movie “Sholay”. It received 7 Filmfare Awards which was record and was broken by “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” winning 10 awards in 1995..

“Deewar” remains in the heart of cine lovers till today, and will remain so till eternity….

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Flashback: 20 Years of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

The chemistry of Shahrukh Khan & Kajol was the sole reason for “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” stupendous success…

Even after 20 years the chemistry is still fresh and warming up the cine lovers…..See the unmistakable chemistry of Shahrukh Khan & Kajol celebrating 20 years of DDLJ…. cannot wait for “Dilwale” which releases Dec’15

 

Celebrating 20 Years of DDLJ

I still remember the day 20th Oct 1995 in a small town Jabalpur standing in queue for the tickets of the First Day First Show of “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege”. I had a friend for company whom I dragged to watch DDLJ as he was keener on Madhuri Dixit starrer “Yaraana” (also released on the same day) was sulking since “Yaraana” was showing in the adjacent theater. The poster was newly pasted and there was not too much of a crowd for 9:30 AM show. Who knew that this movie will make history….

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It was a Shahrukh Khan- Kajol starrer who gave the successful Baazigar and Karan Arjun but as a pair there was nothing to write about then. It was a launch pad for Aditya Chopra, elder son of Yash Chopra and Yashraj Productions was celebrating 25 years with its release.

The movie started and I was transported to a different world of Raj & Simran and before I could realize the 186 mins got over. When I walked out of the theater I wanted scream to the world that this is the best love story ever made in Bollywood.

It had a very different concept, the main lead Raj was hardly anything that the Bollywood Hero was. Raj was a failure, a loser and absolutely nothing that can be idolized. What clicked with the audience was that the characters were realtable. The magic of Raj & Simran was immortalized beautifully by Shahrukh Khan & Kajol making them the next hit Jodi of Bollywood. Later they gave blockbusters like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” & “My Name Is Khan”. People still wait for a movie with Shahrukh Khan & Kajol, a magic which still lasts.

Written by Aditya Chopra himself the screenplay had some extremely riveting sequences, who can forget the “Palat” sequence or the sequence between Farida Jalal and Kajol who played mother daughter wherein she explains to Simran how women need to sacrifice in this world ruled by men or the 10 minute rendition of Raj played by Shahrukh in front of Simran’s family in the climax as to why he cannot elope with her and above all the train sequence in the climax. These sequences are still so fresh in the minds as if it was yesterday. Aditya Chopra not only consolidated his position as a director but as a proficient writer as well with DDLJ. Later he made successful movies like “Mohabatein” & “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”. We are still waiting for his next venture.

DDLJ started the NRI brand of Bollywood movies and Shahrukh Khan became the favorite of the Indian Diaspora which is true even today. Karan Johar who also acted in the movie as Fonchi, Raj’s friend who later perfected the art of NRI designed movies with “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Kabhi Kushi kabhi Gham”.

DDLJ was the first few films to be mixed in Dolby Sound in India and was released in Dolby SR across India. The video rights of DDLJ were held back for a long time similar to how Rajshri Productions did for “Hum Aapke Hain Koun…”

DDLJ became the biggest grosser of 1995 and till 2015 it is the top 5 highest grosser of Bollywood with a total earning till date of Rs 1.22 billion worldwide. It is still running in Maratha Mandir, Mumbai for matinee show completing 1000 weeks and still has occupancy of 50%.

DDLJ won 10 Filmfare awards that year. DDLJ is one of the 3 Bollywood movies included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, the other movies are “Mother India” & “Deewar”.

The music by Jatin Lalit still remains popular especially “Mehendi Lagake Rakhna” which is played in almost all Indian weddings till date.

DDLJ boosted the Europe tourism and travelling by Euro Rail is still considered an option for honey mooners.

20 years is just another milestone for DDLJ but it will remain in the hearts of Bollywood lovers and a classic which re-invented how love stories should be made in Bollywood…..

Flashback : Celebrating 40 years of Sholay

15th August 1975, became a Golden date for Indian Film Industry, the date when “Sholay” was released. The history of the Indian Film Industry cannot be complete without mentioning “Sholay”

“Sholay” a movie which not only became the biggest hit for the Indian Film Industry but also became a landmark movie since it had a lot of 40yearsSholayfirsts. It was the first 70 MM movie for Bollywood & it had a stereophonic sound which redefined the way movies were seen.

The biggest plus of the movie was the brilliant story & screenplay written by Salim-Javed which was inspired by Akiro Kurusawa’s 1954 movie “Seven Samurai”. Every character was written well and till today every character is remembered, right from Jai & Veeru to Gabbar to Sambha, who had only one sentence in the entire movie. The screenplay had a huge hangover of Hollywood westerns like “The Magnificent Seven” and “Once Upon A Time in the West”..

The impact of the screenplay was enhanced by crackling dialogues. The dialogues became so popular that later an audio cassette of the entire dialogues were launched, which were sold like hot cakes….creating a trend for dialogue cassettes for future…

Second highlight was the stellar ensemble cast comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Asrani, Jagdeep, Sachin, A K Hangal, Keshto Mukherjee, Viju Khote, Satyen Kapoo, Leela Mishra & Mac Mohan.

A lot of musical chair happened for the casting. Danny Denzongappa was the first choice for playing Gabbar but due to date hassles as he had to leave for Afghanistan for his prior commitment of “Dharmatma” and had to excuse himself, after which a newcomer Amjad Khan was signed up for the role….who never looked back after “Sholay” ,as Amjad’s performance of Gabbar made the character an iconic villain. It is said that the original choice to play Thakur Baldev Singh was Pran, but it did not work out and later Sanjeev Kumar was signed up to play Thakur, a much older role for Sanjeev Kumar’s age at that time. Dharmendra was keen to play Thakur but settled for Veeru since he was paired opposite Hema Malini, whom he was wooing that time. Shatrughan Sinha was the original choice to play Jai, but Amitabh Bachchan who was not really a big star that time convinced the Sippy’s through the writers Salim-Javed and bagged the role.

G. P. Sippy the producer went all out to fulfill his son Ramesh Sippy’s dream into a blockbuster and was made with a budget of Rs. 30 million. All the action sequences were elaborately shot. The train robbery sequence took 7 weeks to be shot.

Ramesh Sippy had to re-shoot the climax, as per the original climax Thakur kills Gabbar, but the censors thought that the climax was too violent and hence Ramesh had to change the climax.

“Sholay” was panned by the critics and it was written off. Due to the negative feedback and lack of enough visual marketing “Sholay” was a flop in the first 2 weeks and after positive word of mouth, it picked up from the third week. After the third week it was no looking back for “Sholay”, it celebrated Golden Jubilees in 60 theatres across India, a record which still stands undefeated. It also celebrated Silver Jubilee in 100 theatres across India. Minerva Theater in Mumbai ran “Sholay” for 5 years, making it the longest running movie till “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” broke that record.

“Sholay” will always be remembered as the landmark movie which re-defined Bollywood. Even after 40 years the movie still creates an impact which was evident when it was re-released in 3D format on 3rd Jan’14, it was appreciated as it was in 1975….

“Sholay” will be remembered and appreciated by all generations…

Flashback : 25 Years Of Maine Pyar Kiya

The history of Bollywood cannot be complete without mentioning “Maine Pyar Kiya”, a movie which still is fresh in the minds of the people.

Released on 29th Dec’1989, it completed 25 years on 29th Dec 2014. Even after 25 years the dialogues of the movie, the songs everything is still remembered.

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“Maine Pyar Kiya” was a launch pad for Sooraj Barjatya as a director, it re-introduced Salman Khan after his not so memorable debut in “Biwi Ho To Aisi”, it introduced Bhagyashree and whole lot of character actors like Reema Lagoo, Alok Nath, Rajiv Verma & Laxmikant Berde became household names and who became regulars in many other Rajshri Production.

The Story written by Sooraj Barjatya himself was a Love story of Prem & Suman, the typical rich boy falls in love with poor girl saga. But it was the fresh approach and it was the brilliant screenplay which stood out. The Dialogues were instant hit, till today people have not forgotten dialogues like “Dosti mein no Sorry, No Thank You” or “ Daam chukaoonga is Five Star Hotel Ka…” or “Prem Ek Ladka Ladki Dost nahin hote…”.

The Movie was released in limited theatres ( Only 29) on 29th Dec 1989 and each Theatre was  equipped with 4 Track Setreophonic Sound for the release which was a part of the agreement with Rajshri for exhibiting “Maine Pyar Kiya”. Later once the movie was declared a hit it was released in other theaters but with a clause that they had to update the Sound System to “4 Track Stereophonic Sound”.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” became a blockbuster hit and the biggest grosser of 1989. Till now it has earned over Rs 660 million till date.

It made Salman Khan & Bhagyashree super stars over night. But Salman Khan was not the original choice for the role of the lead Prem, Sooraj had signed actor Faraaz Khan Son of yesteryear villain Yusuf Khan. But just before the shooting could commence Faraaz was detected of Jaundice and the set was ready and Sooraj could not afford to wait and hence signed Salman Khan who was initially not too keen to do the movie but Sooraj Barjatya convinced him and eventually he agreed and rest as it is said is history.

The Music by Raam Laxman was also a vital contributor to the film’s success, till today the songs of “Maine Pyar Kiya “ is popular like “Dil Deewana”, “Aate Jaate”, “Mere Rang Mein”….Raam Laxman also won a Filmfare award for the movie. S P Balasubramaniam also won a Filmfare award for the song “Dil Deewana” and became the voice of Salman Khan for his future movies.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” won 7 Filmfare awards for the year 1989 making it the only Bollywood movie winning highest No. of Filmfare awards till “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge “ won 11 Filmfare awards in 1995.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” was later dubbed in English by the name of “When Love Calls” which did extremely well in Guayana, Tobago and Trinidad. It was also dubbed in Telegu by the name of “Prema Paavuraalu” which ran for 25 weeks in Vishakapatnam.

“Maine Pyar Kiya” will always be in the hearts of an ardent Bollywood Lover like me and many more….thanks Sooraj Barjatya & Rajshri for giving us “Maine Pyar Kiya”…..

Flashback: 1000 Weeks of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

I still remember the day 20th Oct 1995 in a small town Jabalpur standing in queue for the tickets of the First Day First Show of “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege”. I had a friend for company whom I dragged to watch DDLJ as he was keener on Madhuri Dixit starrer “Yaraana” (also released on the same day) was sulking since “Yaraana” was showing in the adjacent theater. The poster was newly pasted and there was not too much of a crowd for 9:30 AM show. Who knew that this movie will make history….

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It was a Shahrukh Khan- Kajol starrer who gave the successful Baazigar and Karan Arjun but as a pair there was nothing to write about then. It was a launch pad for Aditya Chopra, elder son of Yash Chopra and Yashraj Productions was celebrating 25 years with its release.

The movie started and I was transported to a different world of Raj & Simran and before I could realize the 186 mins got over. When I walked out of the theater I wanted scream to the world that this is the best love story ever made in Bollywood.

It had a very different concept, the main lead Raj was hardly anything that the Bollywood Hero was. Raj was a failure, a loser and absolutely nothing that can be idolized. What clicked with the audience was that the characters were realtable. The magic of Raj & Simran was immortalized beautifully by Shahrukh Khan & Kajol making them the next hit Jodi of Bollywood. Later they gave blockbusters like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” & “My Name Is Khan”. People still wait for a movie with Shahrukh Khan & Kajol, a magic which still lasts.

Written by Aditya Chopra himself the screenplay had some extremely riveting sequences, who can forget the “Palat” sequence or the sequence between Farida Jalal and Kajol who played mother daughter wherein she explains to Simran how women need to sacrifice in this world ruled by men or the 10 minute rendition of Raj played by Shahrukh in front of Simran’s family in the climax as to why he cannot elope with her and above all the train sequence in the climax. These sequences are still so fresh in the minds as if it was yesterday. Aditya Chopra not only consolidated his position as a director but as a proficient writer as well with DDLJ. Later he made successful movies like “Mohabatein” & “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”. We are still waiting for his next venture.

DDLJ started the NRI brand of Bollywood movies and Shahrukh Khan became the favorite of the Indian Diaspora which is true even today. Karan Johar who also acted in the movie as Fonchi, Raj’s friend who later perfected the art of NRI designed movies with “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Kabhi Kushi kabhi Gham”.

DDLJ was the first few films to be mixed in Dolby Sound in India and was released in Dolby SR across India. The video rights of DDLJ were held back for a long time similar to how Rajshri Productions did for “Hum Aapke Hain Koun…”

DDLJ became the biggest grosser of 1995 and till 2014 it is the top 5 highest grosser of Bollywood with a total earning till date of Rs 1.22 billion worldwide. It is still running in Maratha Mandir, Mumbai for matinee show completing 1000 weeks and still has occupancy of 50%.

DDLJ won 10 Filmfare awards that year. DDLJ is one of the 3 Bollywood movies included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, the other movies are “Mother India” & “Deewar”.

The music by Jatin Lalit still remains popular especially “Mehendi Lagake Rakhna” which is played in almost all Indian weddings till date.

DDLJ boosted the Europe tourism and travelling by Euro Rail is still considered an option for honey mooners.

1000 Weeks is just another milestone for DDLJ but it will remain in the hearts of Bollywood lovers and a classic which re-invented how love stories should be made in Bollywood…..

Flashback : Do Bigha Zameen

“Do Bigha Zameen” released in 1953 and is considered as one of the early movies in the parallel cinema genre in Indian Cinema. Bimal Roy got so impressed after watching Vittorio De Sica’s, 1948 classic “Bicycle Thieves” that he also decided to make a neo-realistic cinema and that is how “Do Bigha Zameen” was conceptualized. Based on the problems of farmers and their struggle to survive “Do Bigha Zameen” became a cult classic.

The casting of the movie was also unique, Balraj Sahani who was a handsome polished guy and so was his image in Indian cinema, Bimal Roy cast Do Bigha Zameenhim as the poor farmer Shambhu Mahato. Nirupa Roy who only played Goddess in every movie was chosen to play the poor farmer’s wife Parvati, a complete change in the image that Nirupa Roy had. It is said that to get his act of a Rickshaw Puller Balraj Sahani actually practiced pulling a rickshaw in the city of Calcutta and interacted with the local rickshaw pullers to get the body language correct, he even lost weight to look authentic as a starving farmer.

It had a story of a farmer Shambhu Mahato (Balraj Sahani) who due to famine had to mortgage his land to the Zamindar Thakur Harnam Singh (Murad) in lieu of money. Harnam Singh wants to start a factory on the agricultural lands of the village and Shambhu’s land poses a problem since it is in the middle of the plan of the factory, in order to confiscate his land the Thakur wants his money knowing that Shambhu cannot pay. But Shambu as a last attempt to save his land goes to Calcutta to earn money to pay back the Thakur. He becomes a rickshaw puller, and how he and his wife Parvati (Nirupa Roy) struggle to save money forms the rest of the story.

The movie had Jagdeep as a child artist playing the role of a polish boy; it had Mehmood as a background artist or extra playing candy vendor and Meena Kumari in a cameo as a Thakurian. Though it was a realistic movie but still Bimal Roy gave songs and the music was composed by Salil Choudhury and it had some memorable songs like, “Dharti Kahe Pukar ke” sung by Manna De and the famous lullaby sung beautifully by Lata Mangheshkar “Aaja ri Aa nidya tu aa”.

Bimal Roy had shot the climax wherein the farmer’s wife Parvati dies at the end and Shambhu gets back his land. But after watching the preview Bimal Roy’s wife thought that the climax was too brutal and morose and the audience will not accept the end, so Bimal Roy reshot the climax wherein Parvati recovers from the accident and Shambhu loses the land.

The movie was a moderate success but critically acclaimed. It won many awards like the Filmfare Award for best film and Best Director and the National Award for Best Film. Internationally it won the Prix International Award for Best Film in Cannes Film Festival making it the second Indian Film to win an award in Cannes Film Festival after Neecha Nagar.

Though the movie was released in 1953 which is 61 years back, but the subject still has relevance in today’s India what with village youth migrating from villages to city to earn and farmers committing suicide as they are unable to pay the debts due to famine and the farmers are still dependant on rains for their crops.

This is one of Bimal Roy’s best work, and the performances by both Balraj Sahani and Nirupa Roy is to watch out for. “Do Bigha Zameen” is definitely a must watch for a true movie buff.

Flashback : Celebrating 21 years of Hum Aapke Hain Koun!

21 Years Of Hum Aapke Hain Koun!

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After “Maine Pyar Kiya”, Sooraj Barjatya had a writer’s block and could not decide on his next film, as per his father’s suggestion he started watching Rajshri Production’s earlier films. Sooraj Barjatya was impressed by Rajshri’s previous blockbuster “Nadiya Ke Paar” and he decided to adapt this movie in a contemporary way and that is how “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” was written. Sooraj Barjatya wrote the screenplay as a musical, which resulted in 14 songs.

“Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” created history for Hindi cinema, and it saw a change in the way Film distribution was done in Bollywood. During the 90’s there was a drop in theater viewing due to cable network, video and piracy. Rajshri Productions wanted the audience to experience the movie in the Theaters hence theater owners who wanted to show “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” had to upgrade their theaters like installing Optical Stereo sound system.

The film released on 5th Aug 1994 with only 26 prints all over India and Rajshri Production made adequate arrangements to avoid piracy of the movie. Later due to word of mouth and immense popularity of the movie, many other theater owners agreed to upgraded their theaters in order to exhibit the movie. The cost of the tickets were increased, but it did not deter people to watch the movie in the theater, this gave around 50% spike in audience coming to theaters to watch the movie.

“Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” also opened the potential of Bollywood movie in international market and catering to the NRI Diaspora. In London the movie ran for a year. The film gave way for glamorous family dramas.

The movie earned a gross revenue of over 1 billion making “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!”the first Indian movie to earn such high revenue . People flocked to see the movie multiple times and most of its revenue came from repeat business. The famous Painter M F Hussain saw the movie 85 times.

“Hum Aapke Hain Koun!” will always be remembered as a trendsetter for Indian Cinema…

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