MUMBAI: Fifty years after its first theatrical release, B R Chopra’s 1957 classic Naya Daur will be released all over India in its coloured version with (remastered 5:1) Dolby digital surround sound.
“This is a tribute to my father in the golden jubilee year of the film,” says filmmaker Ravi Chopra, about the film that will be released on 22 June 2007. “There is an emotional attachment with the film. We have such splendid films in black and white and I want today’s audiences to watch them too.”
The entire procedure of change in colourisation and background score of the film was done over a period of two and a half years and on a budget of Rs 35 million (Rs 3.5 crore) in a studio in Goa.
Produced and directed by B R Chopra under the banner of B R Films, the film features Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Ajit, Chand Usmani, Johnny Walker, Jeevan, Nazir Hussain, with music by O P Nayyar.
The 180-minute Indian classic black and white film was colourised using a host of processes and skilled technicians by Westwing Studios, USA. The restoration of this film was completed in four months by Prasad EFX, Chennai.