Without the glamor and show, the film that became ordinary despite being extraordinary.

Flashback Friday: The 1980s was a period of diverse films in Bollywood. This was the time when both art cinema and mass cinema were spreading their wings. Films like Arth, Akrosh, Ardastia, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Chashm Badoor, Arth, Sadama Amrao Jaan were released during this period. Grapes, innocent, touch and let go friends. Neither you nor any cinema lover can dare to say that a particular film was a bad film.

Exactly 42 years ago in the same period another film was made whose language was closer to Bhojpuri instead of Hindi like a typical Bollywood film. The village depicted in the film can still remind you of your own village. It would not be wrong to call it ‘amazing’ instead of a movie. Made with a budget of a few lakhs, this film earned crores. And when the film was remade exactly 12 years later, it set the record of being the first Bollywood film to gross Rs 100 crore. Today we will not talk about the story and actors of this particular movie. We will talk about the film and why it is special.

Which film is it and in what ways was it different?
The name of this movie is ‘Nadia Ke Paar’ and if you are even a little bit fond of movies, you must remember it. The movies we mentioned above were all great movies. Still, that was the era of the angry young man. Action movies showered immense love from fans. Here comes a film that tells a simple story. There was no such thing as glamour. Based on the story of two villages, the film does not show the kind of love that seems attractive on the surface. The film showed the love that was seen in people’s homes and surroundings. And the benefit of this was that the audience started connecting with the film. Every audience, young and old, was able to connect with this film. The film had a mother-like sister-in-law and a Laxman-like sister-in-law (Sachin Palgaonkar). There were no real villages in the film, but the villages that were there were real.

Real village and dress, colloquialism
The film was shot in the villages of Vijaypur and Rajepur in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. Each character is seen wearing the same clothes that people in villages used to wear before globalization came. Dressed in simple kurta pajama, khadi and cotton clothes, the characters made the audience feel like themselves. There was nothing artificial in the film. There were no villains in the film, just situations that were beyond anyone’s control, just like in real life. Based on Keshav Prasad Mishra’s novel ‘Kohbar Ki Sharat’, the film was based on the first two volumes of his novel. While this novel was published in 4 volumes.

Why is the film a milestone?

  • This film of the film director Govind Monis was so successful that apart from this film, there is no discussion of other films made under his direction. According to Indian Express, the budget of the film was only 18 lakhs and the film ran for 136 weeks. That is, this film ran for 2 years and 7 months. According to Bollywood Hungama, the film did a business of Rs 2.7 crore.
  • The director of this film kept the language similar to Bhojpuri, as if he knows how to bring the village fans of the Hindi belt to the theatres. Earlier he has also directed a Bhojpuri film Mutwaa. That’s why they probably knew that having a film in this language would do good business at the box office.
  • The songs of the film were written in such a way that they felt like folk songs. The song ‘Kon Dasha Mein Leke Chala Re’ can be said to be a good example of this. If you were born in the 80s or 90s and you belong to a village, you will feel the connection.

Not only did the film earn, but the remake of the film also created history.
The film was re-released on the screen after 12 years under Rajshree Productions in line with the ‘new era’ of the era. The remake of this film was inspired by the dialogue of one of the characters of the film, Ganja. Sadhna Singh’s role in the film ‘Hum Tome Hain Hain Koon’ refers to the role of Sachin Palgaonkar, the lead actor of the film. ‘Hum Aap Ke Hain Koon’ was released under the same name in 1992. The plot, story and character of this film was a completely new version of Nadia Par.

Made on a budget of Rs 6 crore, the film grossed Rs 100 crore and thus became the first Bollywood film to gross Rs 100 crore. This was followed by several better films produced by Suraj Barjatia and Rajshree, which were treated almost like Nadia Par. Films like Vivaah, Ek Wahawa Esa Bhi and Hum Saath Saath Hain were films made on this line which were not only hits but also loved by people.

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