Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Guru Dutt's milestone PYAASA gets a new lease of life; to compete at ‘Venice Classics Award’

It is heartening to know that legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt’s all time hit classic PYAASA, that was lying in cans decaying for years has got a new lease of life thanks to Indian film restoring firm Ultra Media and Entertainment. 

What’s more the movie will now compete with 20 other prestigious restored films from all over the world for the coveted ‘Venice Classics Award’ for the best restored film, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival that will be held from September 2-12 in Venice.

Sushilkumar Agrawal, CEO, Ultra Media and Entertainment in an interview said, “When we found our Indian classic films absents in the retro section of such prestigious fests, we decided to restore PYAASA from our library.”

Ask him was it an arduous task to restore the film, Agrawal, said, “When we got the film from archives, it was completely melted, with parts damaged or lost. It took us nearly four months to restore this film frame by frame and we are happy that the final outcome of the restored version can now be seen in its original form.”

Agrawal says, “I have picked PYAASA because Guru Dutt has a huge following globally. Further PYAASA is one of the most adorable films both artistically and commercially. It is included in the Time Top 100 films of all time.”

Ultra Media and Entertainment is also planning a major theatrical release of PYAASA, post its screening at the Venice Film Festival. 

Truly if PYAASA gets a warm welcome there is hope of other Indian classics films becoming immortal. 

Present generation readers may be surprised to know that PYAASA was such a hit that it was remade in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu.

Is Salman Khan and BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN writer Jodi the present generation’s Salim Javed and Amitabh Bachchan combination?

In the 70’s when Amitabh Bachchan was struggling to make it big in Bollywood it was writer pair Salim Javed, who established him as a superstar writing a string of hit films for Amitabh Bachchan. Beginning with ZANJEER in 1973 the combination gave several hits like DEEWAAR, SHOLAY, DON, TRISHUL, KALA PATHAR, SHAKTI, SHAAN etc.

Like the Salim Javed and Amitabh Bachchan combination it seems after the mega success of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, Salman Khan and its writer Vijayendra Prasad (father of South film maker SS Rajamouli of BAAHUBALI fame) have formed an irresistible blending.

According to reports Salman Khan has nodded to yet another script of Vijayendra Prasad and if sources are to be believed the movie is once again based on human values and virtues minus the typical Salman Khan’s action thriller formula. 

Confirming the news writer Vijeyendra said, “I have just been to Mumbai to narrate a script to Salman Khan and fortunately Salman Khan has loved the script.”

Giving details about the script Vijeyendra said, “The story is not the extension of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and is neither an Indo-Pak drama but it deals with a similar subject on love and compassion.”

“All I can reveal about the script is that it is an emotional tale glorifying humanism as the most sacred and above all virtues and morals,” he informed.

Sources close to Salman Khan disclosed Salman Khan is overwhelmed by the subject and believes the script is yet another full proof hit formula and has the potential to be another BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN.

Salman Khan has decided to produce the film. As far as director is considered Salman Khan may consider somebody else other than Kabir Khan as he is quite busy. 

Salman Khan had been going gaga over writer Vijayendra Prasad’s writing style and his amazing creative imagination. In fact, if readers may recollect, soon after the success of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, Salman Khan had candidly given the movie’s major credit to the movie’s brilliant script and had applauded Vijayendra Prasad for penning such a sensitive script.