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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Costume Drama: Reshami Salwaar Kurta Jaali Ka

A peppy song from "Naya Daur" (1957) today. Originally shot in black and white, this film was re-released in colour in 2007. The film is set in a small town where the livelihood of horse cart operators (tongawallahs) is threatened when a bus service is introduced there.The film did very well in spite of being embroiled in controversies. According to wikipedia:

During filming, the Naya Daur production was involved in a highly controversial and widely publicized court case. Initially the actress Madhubala was cast as the female lead. An advance payment was given to her and shooting began and continued smoothly for 15 days. B.R. Chopra, the director, wanted the unit to travel to Bhopal for an extended outdoor shooting. Ataullah Khan, the father of Madhubala, objected to this and claimed that the entire Bhopal schedule was a ruse to give Dilip Kumar the opportunity to romance his daughter (Kumar and Madhubala were in a relationship at the time). Finally, Chopra sued Madhubala for the cash advance she received from him for a film she now had no intention of completing.
He replaced her with the South Indian actress Vyjayanthimala who acted with Kumar in Devdas. Madhubala obediently supported her father despite her commitment to Dilip Kumar. Kumar testified against Madhubala and Ataullah Khan in favor of the director B.R. Chopra in open court. The case was lost by Madhubala and her father amid much negative publicity. During the case, the film was released and declared a success. Chopra dropped the case and saved Madhubala from the humiliation of a possible prison sentence.

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: O. P. Nayyar

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