Clash of big budget movies at box office is not a new trend like the recent Shah Rukh Khan’s DILWALE versus Ranveer Singh’s BAJIRAO MASTANI clash on December 18 but among the rarest of rare clashes is the ‘unique’ clash of grandson Ranbir Kapoor’s forthcoming film TAMASHA clashing with his great grandpa, the veteran actor, Prithviraj Kapoor’s movie NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI!!!
No, Prithviraj Kapoor’s movie NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI is not a new release but it is the digitally resorted version of the 1969 National Award winning film NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI that is being re-released in color with modern incorporations like stereophonic sound and cinemascope format just like K.Asif’s cult classic MUGHAL-E-AZAM was re-released in November 2004.
Originally in Punjabi language the movie has been dubbed in various languages and is being released all over the world including North America, Canada, Russia and UK
Incidentally both Ranbir Kapoor’s TAMASHA and Prithviraj Kapoor’s NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI are releasing on November 27, 2015. Though the date may hold no significance to Ranbir Kapoor’s film TAMASHA but it has great significance to Prithviraj Kapoor’s film NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI as it is the 546th Birth Anniversary of legendary scared saint Guru Nanak Ji.
The major highlight of the film is that it is the only film that stars spiritual guru Dalai Lama, who was then just 24 years, paying his respect at Golden Temple, in the opening sequence of the film.
Filmmaker Rahul Mittra on being asked instead of releasing the restored version why didn’t he remake the film, he smiled, “Well classic like MUGHAL-E-AZAM or SHOLAY cannot be remade. Further today we do not have any actor who could live up to the performance of the great Prithviraj Kapoor.”
On being quizzed about any particular reason to release the film, he said, “In today’s scenario when the nation is battling with the heat intolerance, I thought it is the right time to release the movie because the film brings home the message of love, compassion and secularism. Hope the film succeeds in reviving the feelings of peace and harmony.”