Sunday, 14 November 2010
I credit the entire team of Naya Daur for the mammoth success it attained on release. B R Chopra brought the best under his canopy to deliver a film that is complete from every quarters. Great story, high strung action sequences, fresh romance, flawless performances, brave men, lovely women, melodious songs and a nail-biting climax. What more do can you want from cinema? It celebrates the unity of Akhtar Mirza (story) and Chopra, the glorious union of OP Nayyar, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhonsle and Shamshad Begum and of course the smashing role plays by all the actors. Naya Daur celebrates unity on another level too. The strong ties between Shankar and Kisna, the bond between Shankar and Rajni, the trust between Seth Maganlal and his workers, the bonhomie between every member of this remote village in north India and moreover, the connection between faith in oneself and the trust that this faith will take one far. The film is a masterpiece, for these reasons, as well as for being so close to reality. Even today, there might be unscrupulous businessmen rejecting the contribution of his workers towards the prosperity of his business. In his mongering for money, he does not realise that it is man who made machines, and that as Gandhi is quoted, "They should be used to ease the effort of humans..."
The same reign of brotherly affection runs between each and every member of the village. There's Jumman Dada (Manmohan Krishna), Bansa Ram and the others who would die for each other.
Then we come to the love that Shankar and Rajni share. Innocent, yet strong, Rajni, the shy young girl, is determined enough to support her lover in all his endeavours. Shankar on the other hand, feels assured of his actions because he has her support. I love the scene where Shankar is instantly smitten by her beauty and then goes on to harmlessly flirt with her. A refreshing way in showing the hero pursuing the woman.
Then there's the relation that Manju and Kisna share. Though the woman loves the man, she is tongue-tied. A sudden misdeed of hers results in all the brouhaha between two thick friends. But, this woman is not vile and neither is the man. Yes, he is hotheaded and impulsive but he too has a soft side to himself.
Naya Daur has everything. Romance, action, drama, emotions and comedy. Trust Radhakishan to come up trumps when you give him the space. And here, as the cheeky astrologer, he is a winner. His nasal tone enhances his comic gestures and dialogues and he is super effective. In fact, I liked him more than Johny Walker, though the latter too is very good.
Vyajayanthimala, as mentioned before, is ravishing. And not just that, she plays the innocent sweetheart to the hilt and is so lovely in every scene. Nazir Hussain is great as the benevolent timber merchant, who recognises that he is a nobody without his workers...