6 Black & White Hindi Classics Which Re-released In Color

6 Black & White Hindi Classics Which Re-released In Color

4 May 18 @ 4:06 PM | By Ravi

They say never touch a classic but what if classics were re-released with a bit of tweaking to it. We have heard of Bollywood black and white classics been remade by contemporary filmmakers but whoever thought that these black and white classics will be re-released in color a few decades later and people will once again flock to the theatres. The idea of film colorization process started in the early millennium where technicians would add color to the dull black and white shades or monochrome pictures. This technique of colorization has brought alive the magic for some of the black and white classics which were successful in their times. The colorization with enhanced picture quality and dolby sound helps the younger generation to take trip into the past. The re-releasing of these black and white classics hasn’t taken Bollywood by storm as only a handful of them could find a re-releases in the multiplexes over the last decade or so. The first colorized re-release was K. Asif’s magnum opus romance Mughal-E-Azam in 2004 which is considered one of the biggest all-time blockbusters in Indian cinema. The movie when released in 1960 already had some songs and scenes picturized in color as it was more than ten years in the making. The success of its re-release set the tone for other black and white classics which underwent the process of colorization. Listed below are some of the black and white classics which got re-released and were critically as well as commercially successful to some extent. Some of these were colorized only for home media.

  1. Chori Chori (1956)

    This 1956 Black and White classic was a breezy musical romantic film produced by AVM and directed by Anant Thakur. Based on the Hollywood hit It Happened One Night the film featured Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Pran, Johnny Walker, Mukri, Bhagwan and Rajasulochana. The music was composed by Shankar Jaikishan and lyrics were by Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra. The film was about a young couple who meet in a bus and as the journey unfolds fall in love with each other.

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  2. Naya Daur (1957)

    The story of BR Chopra’s cult classic Naya Daur was set in India’s post-independence era where it was taking giant steps towards industrialization. Dilip Kumar plays a tongawallah who stands up against the injustice meted out towards his fellow tongawallahs by the introduction of a bus-service by Jeevan. The climax of the film is a race between the two services which forms the remaining part of the story. Ajit plays Dilip Kumar’s friend who forms the love-triangle along with Vyjayanthimala. The film was a smash hit as it swept away all the popular Filmfare awards that year. On its re-release the film couldn’t create the same magic in color in 2007. 

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  3. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

    This 1960 all time block-buster of Indian cinema was directed by K. Asif which starred Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote and Ajit in the lead roles. This historical film depicted the epic love affair between Mughal Prince Salim (Emperor Jahangir) and Anarkali, who was the appointed court dancer of Akbar’s palace. The film also narrated the estranged relationship between father and son. The shooting of the film began in 1944 but due to lack of finances and changes in the cast and script it ultimately got a release in 1960. 

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  4. Hum Dono (1961)

    Navketan’s Hum Dono directed by Amarjeet is considered one of Dev Anand’s best performances in a double role where he played Major Verma and his look alike Mahesh Anand, respectively. Both serve in the Indian army. The Major goes missing during the War and is believed to be dead. Mahesh is mistaken as Major Verma when he returns with the bad news of the demise of his senior. Time passes as one day the Major returns home only to see that his look alike has taken his place. The film became a major landmark in Dev’s career as it was declared a hit. It was re-released 50 years later in color but received a lukewarm response.

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  5. Dil Tera Deewana (1962)

    Produced and directed by B.R. Panthalu, Dil Tera Deewana was a remake of the Tamil hit film Sabaash Meena. The film was a typical Shammi Kapoor musical romantic movie which added another feather to his cap. Released after the hit Junglee, Shammi was at his peak and everything that he touched turned into gold. The film had a simple storyline where Shammi plays a rich boy who swaps places with his poor friend Mehmood for a change in living. The swapping leads to a lot of confusion and hilarious situations.

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  6. Half Ticket (1962)

    This madcap comedy starring Kishore Kumar, Madhubala and Pran was a laugh a riot directed by Kalidas. The film had the usual Kishore Kumar brand of comedy which went down well with the audience. The story is about a young man played by Kishore who runs away from his father’s house to avoid getting married. Kishore disguises himself as a mentally retarded boy and escapes in a train by paying the price of a half ticket. Kishore meets Madhubala in the train and falls for her. On knowing that Kishore is just pretending to be mentally challenged she to in return falls in love with him. Pran follows Kishore all over because Kishore is carrying his stolen diamonds.

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