Bara-Dari – 1955

 

“Bara-Dari”, a Romantic Costume Drama, starring Geeta Bali, Ajit, Pran, Chandra Shekhar, Murad and Gope, was one of the highest grossing Indian films of 1955.

It was a story of Rajput chivalry – and about those times when blood was shed to honour a word, when swords came out of their sheaths even on flimsy pretexts. A true Rajput would fight to his death but never bow his head.

I must have been only 5 or 6 years old but I still remember my dad talking about the scene he had filmed that day. The scene where the villain, Pran, suggests that all doors of the palace remain shut and just a little gap in one window to be left open for Ajit to enter. “He will have to bow his head to all of us in the court” !! Ajit is about to enter with his head bowed down, when he suddenly hesitates, realizes it to be set up, and then bravely enters the palace by jumping in, through the small gap, with his feet in first !!  I remember my dad smiling – pleased with his accomplishment – everyone had delivered exactly the way he had picturized it.

“Bara-Dari”, was also music director Nashad’s most accomplished work, and the album that he is most remembered for. Ten great songs covered a full spectrum of varied music genres – from the playful foot-tapping duet “Bhula Nahin Dena” to the hit melodious ghazal “Tasveer Banata Hoon”.

This classic, ever-green song from this movie, “Tasveer Banata Hoon, Tasveer Nahin Banti” is also listed as one of Talat Mahmood’s most memorable songs.

“Bara-Dari” excelled in all departments and it was K. Amarnath’s masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONGS:

http://www.hindigeetmala.net/movie/baradari.htm

 

https://atulsongaday.me/list-of-songs-by-movies/#b

 

 

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UPDATED: 2018

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