After 50 years of its first theatrical release, B R Chopra's evergreen classic NAYA DAUR (1957) will now be released all over India on June 22 in its colour version with (re-mastered 5:1) Dolby digital surround sound. 'This is a tribute to my father in the fiftieth year,' says son Ravi Chopra, 'There is an emotional attachment with the film. We have such splendid films in Black & White and I want today's audiences to watch them too.'
The entire procedure of change in colorization was executed using a host of processes and skilled technicians by Westwing Studios at USA and background score of the film was done over a period of two and a half years and on a budget of Rs 35 million (Rs 3.5 crore) in a studio in Goa. The restoration of this film was completed in four months by Prasad EFX, Chennai with technicians working 24 hours a day/ 7days a week. The only surviving composite dupe negative had to be physically restored from mis-handling, dirt, dust particles and repaired of frame perforation tears and more. Produced and directed by B R Chopra under the banner of B R Films, the film features Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Ajit, Chand Usmani, Johnny Walker, Jeevan, Nazir Hussain, with lilting music by O P Nayyar.
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