Shehar Aur Sapna

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Shehar Aur Sapna
(The City and the Dream)
Directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Produced by Naya Sansar
Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Story by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Starring Dilip Raj
Nana Palsikar
David
Music by J. P. Kaushik
Cinematography Ramachandra
Release date(s) 1963
Running time 120 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Shehar Aur Sapna (The City and the Dream) is 1963 Hindi film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, about a young couple, searching in vain for a home of their own in a metropolis, amidst the backdrop of rapidly developing city, and the many who flocked to it, in hope for a better life. [1] It won the 1964 National Film Award for Best Feature Film and was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Film.

Synopsis and themes[edit]

It was based on Abbas's own story, One Thousand Nights on a Bed of Stones, which describes the struggle in the life of pavement dwellers in the backdrop of rapid industrialization. The theme of the film signified a marked departure from the films, made in 1950s, the opening decade of independent India, as by now the euphoria seen the films like, Naya Daur (1957) and Boot Polish (1954), had been replaced by realism and death of economic idealism. This was also seen in later films like Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974) and Mani Kaul's Uski Roti (1969), as industrialization didn't turn out to be a boon for the masses as promised.[2]

Production[edit]

Abbas used his own experiences of sleeping on the footpath at one point in his life, as he had used in his three other films. To prepared for shooting the city "figuratively", he walked about the city under all weathers, to be able to recreated the settings to match the emotional landscape of the film. Though most shot was shot outdoors, in Mumbai slums and roads, on a shoestring budget, for crucial scenes, the cylindrical drainpipes were carried to the studios to recreate life of the urban poor indoors, complete with slums, hutments by the railway line.[3][4]

Awards[edit]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overview:Shehar Aur Sapna (1964)". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Bollywood toasts the great Indian middle class". Sify.com Movies. May 28, 2007. 
  3. ^ Manju Jain (2009). Narratives Of Indian Cinema. Primus Books. p. 142. ISBN 8190891847. 
  4. ^ Georges Sadoul (1972). Dictionary of Film Makers. University of California Press. p. 1. ISBN 0520021517. 
  5. ^ "11th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ 1965 Filmfare Awards IMDB

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