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Naya Daur (1957)

| Drama, Musical, Romance
Shankar lives in a remote village in rural India with his mother and sister, Manju, and drives a horse-carriage for a living. The main employer in the region is a kind-hearted businessman ... See full summary »

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Shankar
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Krishna (as A j i t)
Chand Usmani ...
Manju
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Kundan
Nasir Hussain ...
Seth. Maganlal (as Nazir Hussain)
Manmohan Krishna ...
Jumman Dada
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Shankar's Mother
S.N. Banerjee ...
Tanga Driver (with a cheek mole) (as S. Banerjee)
Pratima Devi ...
Durga Mausie
S. Nazir
Munshi Munakka ...
(as Munshi Munaqqa)
Ravikant
Sagar
Uma Dutt ...
(as Umadutt)
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Shankar lives in a remote village in rural India with his mother and sister, Manju, and drives a horse-carriage for a living. The main employer in the region is a kind-hearted businessman Maganlal. When Maganlal announces that he would like to undertake a religious pilgrimage, his son, Kundan, takes over and wants to cut back on labor and mechanize the business - thus leading to loss in jobs. He also introduces a bus thus taking away business from the horse-carriage drivers. This angers the community and they ask Kundan to reconsider, and he flats refuses - but agrees to withdraw the bus provided Shankar races it with his horse-carriage. Watch the action unfold as Shankar unites a divided village, and how he sets about to keep his faith in winning this race between man and machine. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Initially B.R.Chopra had signed Madhubala to play the female lead. She even completed a ten-day shooting schedule in Bombay. Subsequently when the unit was to move to an out-of-town shooting location (Bhopal) Madhubala's father, Ataullah Khan, refused to let her go citing health reasons. In actuality he didn't want to encourage the budding romance between Madhubala and Dilip Kumar, the male lead. When repeated reasoning failed to change Ataullah Khan's decision, B.R.Chopra dropped Madhubala and cast Vyjantimala instead. Ataullah Khan took the matter to court and Chopra was able to prove that the shooting in Bhopal was essential to the film. But the judgment had to wait till the movie was completed. See more »

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Uden jab jab zulfen teri
Sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi
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All time great !!
29 March 2006 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

'Naya Daur' literally meaning a New Road - is a fine story of a young village man who wants to challenge onslaught of machines in his daily life by building a new road in his village. B.R. Chopra has beautifully portrayed this story of the triumph of the human spirit when pitted against seemingly insurmountable odds. The acting performance is superb and natural - from Dilp Kumar and Vaijayanimala down to the extras. O.P. Nayyar's evergreen music is haunting even today and never seems out of place in the whole movie.

Even in this 'naya daur' of high technology, this movie retains a perennial charm that comes only from honest and impassioned film-making. But above all, it serves as a gentle reminder that the most intricate computer will always be the human brain, and that man is the greatest machine that will be ever made.


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