MOVIE OF THE WEEK: RAJHATH

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: RAJHATH

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BANNER: MINERVA MOVIETONE

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY: SOHRAB MODI
CAST: SOHRAB MODI, MADHUBALA, PRADEEP KUMAR & ULHAS
LYRICS: SHAILENDRA & HASRAT JAIPURI
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Rajhath, means means a Royal oath; actually English lexicon does not have a precise word for “Hatt” which, literally means a stubbornness. This movie is more about a combination of both. The backdrop is based on some kingdom in Rajasthan, where, a huge premium was placed on “value of word”, which is derived from the famous words from the Ramayan of Tulsidas; Raghukul Reet Sada chali aayi; pran jaye par vachan na jaaye”Meaning, the tradition of the famous heritage of Raghuvansh the bloodline of Sri Ram ..is that, they would rather forego their life, than going back on their word”

Cinema ; is an audio-visual medium. A combination of running images, and sound, which create an illusion of live images, almost life like and many times larger than life. Without sound, cinema is incomplete, almost lifeless. Sound of music , is the heart and soul of cinema. Two aspects are important in this sound; one is dialogues spoken by the charterers on screen and second is background score and songs, if we are talking about Indian cinema, more so of the 50s and 60s..

Rajhat; is a classic example of ;what a cinema should be like. Since the movie, was released in 1956, it was not yet out of the grip of “theatrical style of narrative” Sohrab Modi; the Cecil B DeMell of Hindi cinema, was very fond of highly theatrical presentation, of costume dramas with a good dose of old school values, heavy dialogues and good sets. I couldn’t stop admiring this man’s commitment to “high quality”cinema, with good content. He had no room for any slapstick comedy, nor any humor. He believed in strong story line, powerful dialogues and good music. His banner “Minerva Movietone” was known for such rich costume dramas.

The story is very simple, and as old as the hills. Two royal kingdoms, with history of vengeance and rivalry. In cinema, like any other art form, it is the presentation and style which differentiates the ordinary and extraordinary. This story is also very well told, with all the relevant twists and turns ending in a climax which , could have been pulled off only by a man of Sohrab Modi’s class nd conviction. Absolutely, extraordinary and remarkable. He is the hero of the movie,every which way.

In terms of credits, it is Sohrab Modi, who dominates the movie,with his towering personality and baritone voice, known for delivering those classic dialogues. His, vision and being ahead of times is evident from his; stand on celebrating the birth of a daughter ; which was unheard of for a story based on Rajasthan. Madhubala as his daughter, the princess and heroin is simply beautiful in appearance and talent. She carries a major part of the story on her shoulders, with a wide range of shades in her portrayal. She comes out trumps, and adds value to the movie.

Pradeep Kumar as the prince and hero, is good to look at, with minimum, challenge to his expressions, which refuse to change, come what may. Ulhas as his father and rival king is good, with his imposing voice and personlity.

The rest of the credit, goes to SJ, for keeping the narrative interesting with some great background score. Without their music, this movie is lifeless. Their score, provides the feel of emotions, when actors like Pradeep Kumar are on screen. The dramatic shots of violent horse rides, and built of serious is accentuated by superb BG score. Their music infuses life and adds punch to the narrative.

When SJ and Shailendra -Hasrat get together, then songs become, extraordinary. SJ and Shailendra had this flair for costume cinema, and they gave their best for such movies. Be it; philosophy in songs or dance sequences etc, this combination were the best. All the songs are simply great and immortal.

I have chosen this dance song, on Helen , which comes in climax, as my song for the day..

nache ang ang ang tere aage
nache ang ang ang tere aage
baze re man mardang baze
baze re man mardang baze
dhadak ke dil ka git
meri prit nache re

sare jag pe jo chhaye tufan hai
sare jag pe jo chhaye tufan hai
jinse kanpe aaj sato aasman hai
jinse kanpe aaj sato aasman hai
ye to mere armano ki uthan hai saloni
ye to mere armano ki uthan hai saloni
nache ang ang ang tere aage

us par mera bhola bhala pyar hai
us par mera bhola bhala pyar hai
is par dekho sara sansar hai
is par dekho sara sansar hai
o ho tere hatho me hamari patwar hai sanam
tere hatho me hamari patwar hai sanam
nache ang ang ang tere aage
nache ang ang ang tere aage

With such lyrics and great rendition by Lata, and the Celestial beauty Madhubala….does a great job of an Indian dance, and looks so beautiful .
Enjoy: this beautiful song from this superb movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ti9agttfKA

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