Naya Daur (1957)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 53 mins

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A melodrama about the perils of progress: villain Kundan (Jeevan) introduces an electric saw and cars into an isolated, sylvan village while economic, caste and religious divisions between the rurals are woven into the main story of the rivalry between Shankar (D. Kumar) and Krishna (Ajit) over the heroine Rajani (Vyjayanthimala). The dramatic high point sees everyone joining forces to build a road to prove (via a race between a bus and a horsedrawn carriage) that traditional technology is just as good as the new machinery. Ironically, the nationalist modernisation argument is advanced by the villain while the benevolent father-figure Seth Maganlal (Hussain) hopes that a humanist attitude will abolish all class divisions. The hero Shankar argues for collectivisation as the proletarian way of managing new technology. Classic Nayyar numbers included Reshmi salwar kurta jaali ka (sung by Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum), Saathi haath badhana (sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle) and the Rafi solo Main bambai ka babu.

Cast: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala Bali

Crew: BR Chopra (Director), MN Malhotra (Director of Photography), Omkar Prasad Nayyar (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family, Musical

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1957 (India)

Hindi Name: नया दौर

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Did you know? During filming, the production was involved in a highly controversial and widely publicised court case between B.R Chopra and Madhubala, which ended in Madhubala and her father losing the case. Read More
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as Shankar
as Manju
as Chikha Master
as Anjana
as Shankars Mother
as Jumman Dada
as Dancer
Supporting Actor
as Maganlal
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Film Type:
Feature
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Stereoscopy:
No
05:41

Music Director: Omkar Prasad Nayyar
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
03:33

Music Director: Omkar Prasad Nayyar
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle
04:47

Music Director: Omkar Prasad Nayyar
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle
03:12

Music Director: Omkar Prasad Nayyar
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
02:58

Music Director: Omkar Prasad Nayyar
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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Music Director: Omkar Prasad Nayyar
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Trivia:
During filming, the production was involved in a highly controversial and widely publicised court case between B.R Chopra and Madhubala, which ended in Madhubala and her father losing the case.

Dilip Kumar's work in the film won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the third time in a row, with it being his fourth overall.

Dilip Kumar initially refused the lead role. However, his friend Ashok Kumar, who heard and loved the story, persuaded him to hear it after which he accepted the role.

Originally filmed in black and white, the film was colourised and re-released on 3 August 2007.

The film was the inspiration for the 2001 Academy Award nominated film Lagaan.