Friday, July 31, 2009

Spell it out in black & white - results show

The results of the last poll are out and here's what we've got. I've included some trivia I dug up on each.

3. Mughal-e-azam
The 1960 epic took nine years to finish, and was the highest grossing movie till Sholay broke the record. Two songs and the movie's climax were in colour while the rest was in black and white. The battle sequences actually had soldiers loaned from the Indian Army. Shakeel Badayuni had to rewrite the song 'Pyaar kiya toh darna kya' 105 times before Naushad approved it. Lata Mangeshkar sang the song in a studio bathroom to get the reverberation effect of the 'Sheesh mahal' (Palace of mirrors) where the song was shot.

2. Do aankhen barah haath
The 1957 movie told the story of a jailor trying to reform six imprisoned murderers, it was directed by V. Shantaram (who also played the role of the jailor). This was the first Indian movie to win a Golden Globe award. It also bagged two awards at the Berlin International Film festival. I reckon we've all sung 'Ae maalik tere bande hum' in school at some point or the other.

And the grand winner is................

1. Chalti ka naam gaadi
This 1958 laugh riot brought together brothers Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar for the first time. Apparently, the success of the movie led them to act in another movie called 'Badhti ka naam daadhi' (sheesh!) in 1974. I have yet to catch that. The totally awesome soundtrack by S.D. Burman (Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si, Paanch rupaiya barah aana, Haal kaisa hai janaab ka, Babu samjho ishaare, horun pukaare) just adds to the charm of the movie.

Thanks for voting, bewdas!


Enigma said...


And yeah!!! Tat was my choise too... when i think black n white, i think Chalti ka Naam Gaadi :) and i visualize the "Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si" song...

Thousif Raza M.B said...

Silver, but seriously dosti is also a cult film yaar, hmm but those 3 are also good,

take care and keep writing.......

prathi said...


Chaos said...

Yahooo.......(does e-cartwheels couple of times) choice won my choice won...... :-s.....Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi rules....:))))

Swathy said...

I al almost feeling like I have got first rank in class!

aj said...

i cant think of one b/w movie that i remember scene to scene. Does that mean there weren't any memorable oldies??? i do remember all songs of so many b/w movies though. Why is that?
btw I picked CKNG as well. surprisingly i was impressed with anoop kumar's comic timing.

Sayesha said...

Yeah! I love ALL the songs from the movie! Kishoreda rocked! Anoop Kumar was damn funny too! :D

I haven't watched Dosti! I have to get the DVD from somewhere now...


Hahahahaha! :D

:D :D :D

Yeah Anoop Kumar was awesome! :D