By Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Come to think of it, who'd be interested in watching a film that first
released 50 years ago? There're chances that people may've caught it on
TV or DVDs. Or, to be brutally frank, they might want to give the film a
skip. But NAYA DAUR, even after 50 years of its first release, has the
magnetism to keep your eyeballs focused to the silver screen.
Sure, rural themes are rarely attempted these days and storytellers have
moved on to greener pastures [read urban themes]. Also, the film lacks the
visual appeal to entice the viewer of today, but despite the oddities, NAYA
DAUR works for several reasons…
[a] It depicts the triumph of the human spirit, which can never go out of
[b] The relationships [Dilip Kumar-Ajit, Dilip Kumar-Vyjayantimala] are so
human and believable;
[c] O.P. Nayyar's lilting score is unforgettable;
[d] The man versus machine race in the penultimate reels is
It's very difficult to review a classic. But even at the cost of sounding
repetitive, let's say that they don't make films like NAYA DAUR anymore.
Besides, over the years, we've seen a lot of clones of Dilip Kumar,
Vyjayantimala and Ajit. Watching the originals is a different experience
Dilip Kumar lives the role of Shankar, an upright villager who revolts
against the city-bred Jeevan. There were no acting schools then, no
dubbing theatres to enhance your performance, not much technical support
to make you look smashing. Yet, Dilip Kumar's performance strikes a
chord even today. Commendable performances come in from
Vyjayantimala [natural], Ajit [fiery], Johny Walker [exceptional], Nasir
Hussein [first-rate] and Jeevan [nice].
Although B.R. Chopra made movies before and after NAYA DAUR,
NAYA DAUR will always remain one of the finest cinematic works to
come out of B.R. Films. The power of a storyteller looms large as the reels
of NAYA DAUR unfold. Technically, the colorization is proper and the
sound quality is sharp.
To sum up, NAYA DAUR is a classic and will always remain one. To
skip the film would be sacrilege. Go, relive the experience!