Can you imagine a race between a bus and a tonga? Yes, it can happen… in dreams and in films. Undeniably unbelievable that the clear winner can be…The Tonga!! but not until one watches the film Naya Daur (1957), a film that ushered in a “Naya Daur” - New Era for the careers of many in the industry.
This classic entertaining film and the second highest grosser of that era is about Man vs. Machine, with a clear social message conveying the victory of human spirit and belief riding over technology, clearly the result of a storyline with a difference! Songs (9 in all) from this film were inspired by the music of a Punjabi troupe who had performed at the 25th week celebrations of B. R. Chopra’s another film “Ek Hi Raasta” (1956).
Clip-Clop Clip-Clop … Tuk-Tok Tuk-Tok ….
“Maang Ke Saath Tumhara” a typical tonga song was shot probably on a cool, breezy early evening on pure countryside locales of Bhopal (and not in Mumbai studio! bringing in realism to the story). The song begins with the beats of tonga…signature sound style of OPNji, Dilip Kumar enjoying his tonga ride in the company of Vyjayanthimala. The stunning effect of light and shade, all of foliage playing on their faces, especially after the start of the song, appear in perfect rhythm with the tonga beats. Gentle movements of Dilip and Vyjayanthimala (their hairs included!) matching with the mood and music, swaying with the breeze and the beats are a treat as visuals. Childish charm of a typical village boy essayed by Dilip dressed in simple clothes gets amplified with that typical teeny scream of his Urrrrhhhh…yaaaaaaaaah at the end of the song.
Whatta joy to “watch” the song while you listen.
Film: Naya Daur (1957)
Director and Producer: B R Chopra
Music Composer: O P Nayyar
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhiyanvi
Singers: Rafi and Asha
Actors: Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala
Reviews of few other songs in this blog:Tu Pyar Ka Saagar Hai
Churaliya Hum Tum Ne Jo Dil Ko
Aao Huzoor Tum Ko
Aayega Aane Waala
Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh
Songs reviewed here are a part of "Nostalgia" section in this blog. Few other sections in this blog include "My Paintings" "Mangala's Potluck" "Play with Words" "My First Post"
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