Saawari suratiya honth laal laal!
This could very well describe Chinmay, my fiance and to-be husband who loves a good paan. For those wondering where I have been holed up till now, I have been running helter skelter for my wedding preparations. Getting married on Christmas this year! And thank you Anu for noticing that I have been absent; at least someone missed me 😐 Hehe, ok then, getting back to business!
The film is Teesri Kasam that had the very beautiful Waheeda Rehman and superstar Raj Kapoor. She is a nautanki dancer and he is a gaon-wala who happens to give her a lift on her way to a performance. Despite being (or maybe because of) a very offbeat film, it bombed at the box office. But rightfully received the President’s Gold Medal in 1967 as the Best Film, as says Upperstall.
Based on a short story ‘Mare Gaye Gulfam’ by Phanishwar Nath, the film was made in black and white even though other films of the same period were made in colour. Why? Because producer Shailendra and director Basu Bhattacharya wanted it to have a feel of the days gone by. I personally think it was quite brave of them to go ahead with a black and white film when every other film was being made in colour.
Upperstall has also quite a few bits of trivia on the film – it was Mehmood and Meena Kumari that were initially chosen for the two roles – and I wonder if that had been more appropriate but I somehow doubt it. For one, Mehmood is difficult to take seriously though he is an actor of tremendous potential. And Meena Kumari? Somehow, I just don’t see in her as the same vivacious dancer that I see in pain khaye. So sue me!
I also read (and found on Madhulika’s blog a better version) another piece of trivia. Shailendra and Raj Kapoor were friends for a really long time. And when the former approached the star to suggest he act in his film, RK asks for an advance which really peeves Shailendra off. And RK then tells him, “Nikaalo ek rupaiya, mera paarishramik! Poora advance!”
How generous is that? Not to mention witty!
I am not a big RK fan, but just for the story, it’s worth a watch 🙂