B&W Movies Re-released in Color!

Film colorization is a process which adds color to the dull black and white shades or monochrome pictures. This technique has been used to colorize some of the successful black and white releases of Bollywood.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 7:33:26 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Film colorization is a process which adds color to the dull black and white shades or monochrome pictures. This technique has been used to colorize some of the successful black and white releases of Bollywood while re-releasing them to charm that magic again.

The first Bollywood movie to be colorized was the epic romance of Salim and Anarkali. The Dilip Kumar-Madhubala starrer is considered to be a milestone in the history of Indian cinema. Originally released in 1960, Mughal E Azam was re-released in colored form in 2004. The film is an all-time blockbuster which was a critical and commercial success in both it's releases. Since some of the Hollywood movies colorized before this were only for home media, Mughal E Azam also became the first full-length feature film in the history of world cinema to be colorized for a theatrical release.

1957 Dilip Kumar-Vyjayanthimala starrer Naya Daur is set in post-independence India when the country was taking it's nascent steps towards industrialization.  It revolves around a tongawallah (horse-cart driver) who stands up against the injustice to himself and the other tongawallahs by the introduction of a bus-service. The competition between the two services forms the rest of the plot. Regarded as a blockbuster after it's original run, the film failed to create it's original magic when it was re-released in color in 2007.

Hum Dono (1961) stars Dev Anand in a double role of Mahesh Anand and Major Verma both of whom belong to the army. Major Verma goes missing during World War II and is believed to be dead. When Mahesh takes this news to the family, he is mistaken as Major Verma. The film deals with the complications which Mahesh has to deal with subsequently. The film was declared a hit on it's original release. 50 years later, it was re-released in color in 2011 and got lukewarm response.

Can the classic epic-ness of black and white movies released decades ago be recreated when they are colorized to compete with the movies made now specially since the technology of film-making has advanced multi-fold? Do leave your views on this new practice coming into play and if there are any movies you wish to see in colorized form like the one mentioned above.

Author: Neethi B.
Editors: Komal P. & Hershi J.
Graphics: Marsh P.

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Posted on: 15 April 2013 at 1:37am
The idea is the best! If the new thrill and the old story combines, the movies are at it's best.

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Posted on: 15 April 2013 at 1:12am
hmmm sound great nice thinking

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Posted on: 14 April 2013 at 11:33am
Yes...They can remake the magic they made years ago.. all they need are good promotions... These days... people are so obsessed with khan's and silly stories... they need to know what a real movie and a real story is.. If promoted well.. these movies stand a better chance in box office.. because they contain story which is lacking in most of the movies these days

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 10:25pm
of course the classics of Indian cinema should be would be Great for those who love to watch and are interested to know about the history of IC...but in the process of colouring .. just to compete..please don't cut edit & make compact version of the movie... Dad was shocked to learnt that 'ey ishkk yeh sab duniya wale bekaar ki batein karte hain..'song &many other scenes were not in cloured version of Mughal-e-Azam...wish to see 'Do Aankhein Baarah Haanth in V.Shantaram's other classics Navrang..Jhhanak Jhhanak Paayal Baaje..nice informative article..Thank you I-F

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 7:57pm
nice i wonder howmthey do that

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 1:46pm
mughle Azam is the only movie I know!!!

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 1:45pm
I knew about the others but not Hum Dono, will have to go back and watch it in color. Wish they had asli naqli in color and tere ghar ke saamne, my fave dev anand movies

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