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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Classic

Author: roopam from evanston, il
14 March 2004

Naya Daur is a classic B R Chopra movie with a great message in it. The movie is about race of tanga(horse cart) with a bus. I think this is one of the best performances of dilip kumar. The scene in which dilip kumar convinces the rival villagers to allow them to pass road throug their place is my favorite and amaazingly done by great dilip kumar.I rate this movie as one of the best movies of all time and i wonder why it was not nominated for foreign language oscar....

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Terrific performances

9/10
Author: scoobysux2003 from Canada
8 November 2006

This movie brings together the histrionic talents of Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala. Made with a very strong social theme that was very relevant to its time, this movie boasts a brisk narrative, evocative performances and an unforgettable soundtrack by O.P. Nayyar. From "Mai Bambai ka Babu", to the patriotic "Yeh desh hai veer jawanon ka" to "Maang ke Saath Tumhara" set to the clip clops of the horse, every number is a collector's item.

Watch out for legendary villain Ajit, "saara shehar jise loin ke naam se jaanta hai", who turns in a great performance as Krishna, the bosom buddy of Shankar (Dilip Kumar). A throughly enjoyable classic from BR Chopra.

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

All time great !!

10/10
Author: nice_indojin from Japan
29 March 2006

'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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Inspiring Movie

10/10
Author: vikrantshirsathe from India
18 August 2006

This movie is an inspiration to me and it is to all Indians, it really generates national spirit in every Indian, and should be inspire people world over, how we can build our nation.

As till date India still lives in the villages, development of villages, can been down without burdening on the government. People can change there lives with Sramdan, if all the citizens unite together and develop our motherland living all the differences,our nation will become one of the richest nations. So let us do it.

The song Saathi Hatth Badhan.... gives lot energy. This movie is see it again and again movie.

Vande Mataram!!!

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A classic which is the predecessor to Lagaan

9/10
Author: jmathur_swayamprabha from India
13 October 2010

Much acclaimed movie of Aamir Khan - Lagaan (2001) which missed winning the Academy Award in the foreign film category by just a whisker is a classic example of shameless plagiarizing by the "biggies". I have come to know that the movies based on original stories are only considered for any award at the Oscars. However our masterminds managed to carry this plagiarized movie to the last stage of Oscars without giving the minimum thanks to the original movie makers, i.e., the B.R. Films who had made the all time classic movie Naya Daur (1957). Lagaan is a scene to scene (if not frame to frame) copy of this movie. Only the backdrop and set-up have been changed. Not only the basic idea but even the treatment and the characterizations is ditto that of Naya Daur. Had Lagaan won the Oscar, it would have been a classic example of a plagiarized story winning this prestigious and coveted award.

Naya Daur is a originally a black and white movie whose coloured version was released a few years back. It deals with the issue of unemployment because of mechanization in the Indian villages which was very much relevant and burning in that time. Tonga (horse-carriage) driver Shankar opposes the introduction of bus in the village because of the prospective unemployment of the tonga-drivers. The owner of the bus - Kundan who is a wealthy businessman of the village enters into a bet with him that if he is able to defeat the bus by his tonga in a race, the bus will be withdrawn. How Shankar prepares for the race and finally defeats the bus by driving his tonga, forms the rest of the story which involves the factor of rivalry in getting the love of Rajni (Vyjayanthimala) leading to betrayal of Shankar's friend, Krishna (Ajit) also.

Naya Daur is thoroughly engrossing and very impressive. Legendary director B.R. Chopra has directed the story of Akhtar Mirza quite nicely and maintained the momentum of the narrative through the duration of the movie which is a little less than three hours. The sets, costume designing, editing etc. are all praiseworthy. Production value is high matching the great B.R. Films tradition.

Performances are great and leagues ahead of their counterparts in Lagaan. While giving full marks to Aamir Khan and co. in Lagaan, I can safely say that the performances of Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh and Yashpal Sharma are no match for the respective performances of Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala and Ajit in Naya Daur. Only Paul Blackthorne, the villain has surpassed the performance of Jeevan in Naya Daur by his in Lagaan.

The timeless music of Naya Daur composed by O.P. Nayyar (lyrics by Saahir Ludhiyanvi), boasting of immortal songs like Ude Jab Jab Zulfen Teri, Ye Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Ka, Reshmi Salwar Kurta Jaali Ka, Saathi Haath Badhaana, Maang Ke Saath Tumhaara Maine Maang Liya Sansar and Main Bambai Ka Babu Naam Mera Anjaana cannot be compared to the music of any other movie. leave aside Lagaan. Even today listening to the songs in the enchanting voices of Asha and Rafi is a great experience.

Except the character of Rachel Shelley (the Englishwomen who is the sister of the villain but helping the hero), Lagaan is a ditto of Naya Daur. However neither Aamir Khan nor the writer-director of Lagaan, Ashutosh Gowarikar gave any credit (or even thanks) to the makers of Naya Daur. They left no stone unturned in blowing their trumpet and calling their movie as based upon an original idea. The truth is, they have just changed the bus-tonga race in the village to the cricket match between the Indian villagers and the English team. Rest the complete story framework, characters, their mutual relationships, situations and climax, everything has been copied from Naya Daur.

Though Ravi Chopra (son of B.R. Chopra) said lightly at the time of release of the coloured version of Naya Daur that Lagaan was inspired from Naya Daur, no such accusation has ever been made by B.R. Films upon the Aamir Khan Productions perhaps because the makers of Naya Daur were also glad that Lagaan represented India at the Oscars and went very close of winning the Academy Award in the foreign films category. However it was the duty of Aamir Khan and Ashutosh Gowarikar to admit the inspiration (if not plagiarizing) and give thanks to the writer and the makers of Naya Daur which they have not done and shamelessly enjoyed the credit of making an 'original' movie. However truth cannot be hidden forever. Anybody reading this review can watch these two movies consecutively and he will reach the same conclusion that I reached when I had watched Lagaan for the first time.

While recommending this classic wholeheartedly to the movie buffs, I give just one message to Aamir plus Ashutosh - you can make some people fool all the time and all the people for some time but you cannot befool all the people all the time.

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Another gem from the golden age of Bollywood

9/10
Author: retour747 from Canada
25 January 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The golden age of Bollywood has produced some of the greatest gems - Naya Daur is one of them. The film showcases what common men can achieve when faced with do or die situation. The fate of a village inhabited by craftsmen is at stake with the rise of industrialization. The message is to embrace change but in a way that benefits all stakeholders. The film weaves the tale of friendship and love with the strong message.

In the film, the fate of the village is finally decided through a race between a bus and a horse cart (the hare and the tortoise). Through resilience, teamwork and strategy, the underdog triumphs!

Since the film starts some of the legends of Bollywood, the acting is top class. Films with village background tend to bring the best out of Dilip Kumar. The songs are evergreen. As for the direction, B.R. Chopra is in the zone.

Naya Daur has inspired films such as Laagan, which is about Indian farmers fighting the British over taxes through a cricket match. After over 5 decades, Naya Daur continues to take the viewers on the magical ride.

Screen legend Dilip Kumar's films continue to inspire film makers – Naya Daur (Lagaan), Aan (Betaab), Ganga Jamuna (Deewar), Gopi (some comic scenes in Sholay), Ram aur Shyam (Seeta aur Geeta, Chaalbaaz, Kishan Kanahya),Devdas (Devdas), Madhumati (Om Shanti Om), …., …., ….

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