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Why K. Asif reshot classic song 'Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya'?

September 26, 2014 2:33:05 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Recently the news that ageless beauty Rekha would be reliving the evergreen classic song ‘Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ in her forthcoming movie SUPER NANI, has created a lot of excitement in the media and among Rekha’s fans. Glamsham.Com now takes readers down memory lane and shares an interesting anecdote how the song was shot, watched and why it had to be reshot!


Readers are aware that the classic song ‘Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ is immortalized by Madhubala in K.Asif’s magnum Opus Mughal-E-Azam.  The song was picturised on the magnificent Sheesh Mahal set and was specially shot in Technicolor, while the original movie was shot in Black and White. K.Asif, movie’s director spent money lavishly into making the song  a milestone but readers would be surprised to know that after weeks of painstaking efforts and spending a whopping amount on every minor details to make the song a landmark, the song had to be reshot!

Music director Naushad, who composed music for the film, once in an interview revealed, “It took Asif Sahab about 15 to 20 days to shot the song ‘Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ and when the song was finally shot he arranged the screening of its rushes. Everybody from Dilip Kumar, Prithiviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Shakeel Badayuni (lyricist), cinematographer R. D. Mathur and I, attended the screening with great excitement.”

He continued, “When the screening began there was pin drop silence and when the song ended the auditorium echoed with applause and everybody congratulated Asif Sahab. But to everybody’s dismay Asif Sahab looked dissatisfied!” 

Readers would wonder what may be the reason. Informed Naushad, “If you have seen the movie than you must have noticed that in the climax of this song there is a verse… Chhuup Naa Sakegaa Ishq Hamaaraa; Chaaro Taraf Hain Unkaa Nazaaraa… It was this verse that made K.Asif confused because according to the lyrics the heroine proclaimed Chaaro Taraf Hain Unkaa Nazaaraa… but onscreen he had just captured the angry expression of King Akbar (Prithiviraj Kapoor), ignoring the important lines Chaaro Taraf Hain Unkaa Nazaaraa…( The king is gazing from each corner). Hence he immediately decided to reshoot the song and brilliantly captured the scene featuring Prithiviraj Kapoor’s furious expression fuming in rage all around the glittering glass pieces of the Sheesh Mahal on the silver screen. Thus justifying the lines Chaaro Taraf Hain Unkaa Nazaaraa…

Hats off to K.Asif, truly a genius!

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