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.
first Bollywood movie to be colorized was the epic romance of Salim and
Anarkali. The Dilip Kumar
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
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.
(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.
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
Author: Neethi B.
Editors: Komal P. & Hershi J.
Graphics: Marsh P.