The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on Wednesday mentioned they’ve obtained a rare footage of Meena Kumari-starrer “Pakeezah”, together with visuals of the favored tune ‘Inhin Logon Ne’. NFAI mentioned they’ve added a rare 18-minute footage in 16mm of the making of Kamal Amrohi’s iconic movie to the archives. The footage has visuals of the 15-year lengthy journey of “Pakeezah”, from its inception to launch.
Also that includes Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar, the romantic musical drama revolves round a courtesan (Kumari) and her forbidden love.
“This is a very rare addition to the NFAI collection. The preliminary inspection reveals the condition of the film is heavily scratched and colour faded. We are trying our best to salvage the material so that it can be made accessible to the audience”, Prakash Magdum, director, NFAI, mentioned in an announcement right here.
One of the highlights is the visible of the favored tune ‘Inhin Logon Ne’ shot in black and white within the early interval of the taking pictures of the movie, wherein younger Kumari is seen dancing.
This was one of the primary sequences to be shot and the clapper board exhibits the date as sixteenth July 1956, the NFAI mentioned in a launch on the forty ninth loss of life anniversary of Meena Kumari.
The footage additionally incorporates a Mohammed Rafi’s qawwali quantity ‘Jaye Toh Jaye Kaha, Ab Ye Tera Deewana’, which was not included within the launched movie, it mentioned.
Ghulam Mohammad, greatest recognized for scoring music for “Mirza Ghalib”, “Shama”, had composed the music of “Pakeezah”, to lyrics penned by a number of poets, together with Kaifi Azmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Kaif Bhopali.
The different visuals embody scenes from the premiere of the movie, which was held on the Maratha Mandir in Bombay on February 4, 1972, the discharge mentioned.
Amrohi and Meena Kumari had married in 1952, however their relationship soured later
The movie went on flooring in 1956 and reportedly took about 16 years to reach on the massive display screen. “Pakeezah” opened to extensive acclaim upon its launch on February 4, 1972. It is now thought-about a Hindi cinema basic.
Weeks after the discharge of “Pakeezah”, Kumari died on 31 March 1972 on the age of 39 because of liver cirrhosis.
Known because the tragedy queen of Bollywood, Meena Kumari made her debut as a child-artist in 1939 with “Leatherface” and mesmerized the audiences together with her efficiency in movies like “Bachchon Ka Khel”, “Baiju Bawra”, Parineeta, “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam”, “Kaajal”, “Pakeezah”, “Mere Apne”, “Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai” and “Dil Ek Mandir”.