Monday, 4 October 2010
India's first technicolour film, Aan is truely a first-of-its-kind. You can almost see Mehboob Khan's ambitious vision in this 1952 adventure flick. In the royal story, the magnificent sets, the stylish costumes and the talented names associated with this blockbuster. Dilip Kumar, Premnath, Nimmi, Nadira, Naushad, Murad, Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum, the list goes on. But it is the action-packed story that wins hands down. And the deft balance of the romance with the intrigue.
Saying that I would admit that since Nadira actually came into her own in her later films as a vamp. Here she is best before her transformation. Cruel, savage and extremely proud, she will brook no nonsense from a minnow. I can see her potential vamp avatar in these scenes. After she admits her love for Jai, her persona lose the steam. However, Nadira, is any form, appeals to me...