kavariyon ka dil machle(2), ho jind meriye! I absolutely ADORE this song and cannot resist the impulse to dance along if I hear it 🙂
It’s from the film Naya Daur (1957) that painted a picture of India post independence and the imminent industrialization that came along with it.
Dilip Kumar plays a tongawala whose livelihood is threatened by a man (Jeevan) who wants to introduce buses in the village for people to travel in instead of the horse drawn carts.
This film has beautiful songs and my favourite is the one I mentioned right at the top. The other songs (like Maang ke saath tumhara) are timeless too. The songs are said to be inspired by the folk music of a Punjabi dance troupe that had also performed at the 25th week celebration of another BR Chopra film.
Because the subject of the film isn’t your run-of-the-mill hero-meets-heroin, falls-in-love, sing-songs-around-trees, villain-interrupts, hero-fights-and-wins story, many titans of that time refused the idea outright. Luminaries like Subodh Mukherjee, Mehboob Khan and even Raj Kapoor said a vehement no to the script.
However, when BR Chopra heard the story line, he went straight for it and how! I read somewhere that Chopra went to Ashok Kumar first, who declined because he didn’t think he would fit the role well (personally I think he would have looked too old for it).
So Chopra went to Dilip Kumar who wasn’t even ready to listen to the script! But after he did, Kumar was so excitedthat he wouldn’t leave Chopra’s house till he signed the contract and got a cheque.
This was also Yash Chopra’s first film under the tutelage of BR Chopra for whom he acted as the guiding assistant.
Moving on, Chopra began the shooting with Madhubala as the lead actress but 10 days later, when the crew had to move out of Mumbai and shoot in a village in Bhopal, her father refused to let her go!
Of course, the rumours of Madhubala and Dilip Kumar’s apparent fondness for each other must have made him livid and so he didn’t give her permission for the out-of-town shoot. A deadlock ensued, making matters so bad that Madhubala ended up in court accused of taking advance payment for the film and not completing it! Chopra eventually let her off the hook and asked Vyjayanthi Mala to perform as the heroine. Tough luck!
When VM stepped in, the posters of the film (which still read Madhubala) weren’t changed – instead a black cross was cut across her name to let everyone know that she was sacked. Poor Madhubala – so much humiliation for no fault of hers!
50 years later, Naya Daur was colourized ( I don’t think there’s any such word though, so please consider this my writer’s licence). So while the old film looked like –>
the new one looked like this!
If you ask me, it looks unnaturally colourful. It’s as if the bosses got so excited about making a coloured film, they just got the palette and flung whatever colour they could find onto the film. The sense of romance of the black and white is missing! I do not like. :X
Anyway, the process of colourization took more than 2 years and around 30 million! Phew.
Say whatever you will, Naya Daur definitely struck a chord with its audience back then and was a superhit. In fact, it was the first film ever to celebrate a silver jubilee at more than one theatre in Mumbai.
P.S: The little kid in the picture is Daisy Irani – isn’t she cute?! Most of you might remember her from that popular serial called Dekh Bhai Dekh. CUTENESS PERSONIFIED.