31 October, 2020

Mr And Mrs 57

Fifties' films etched the hopes, birth pangs of a new India

Mr And Mrs 57
Some years stick out like sore thumbs. For Indian cinema, one such year is 1957, when there was an incredible spurt in good films. Raj Kapoor's Jagte Raho (directed by Shombhu Mitra and Amit Mitra) won the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary film festival. V. Shantaram's Do Ankhen Baara Haath received the Samuel Goldwyn Award—now known as the Golden Globe—from the Hollywood Press Association. The top prize at the Venice film festival went to Satyajit Ray's Aparajito, which was honoured over Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. It was the year of Mehboob Khan's Mother India, Guru Dutt's Pyaasa and B.R. Chopra's Naya Daur.

Fifty years ago, in 1957, India was still newly independent and many films of that year, in fact those of that entire decade, reflect the hopes, aspirations and the social conscience of the nation. Just after 1947, there was a good deal of flag-waving, justifiably so, with a series of films on the freedom struggle: Shaheed, Anand Math and Aandolan. Independence had brought...


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