Chaudhvin Ka Chand

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Chaudhvin Ka Chand
Chaudhvin ka chand.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byM. Sadiq
Produced byGuru Dutt
Written bySaghir Usmani
Screenplay byAbrar Alvi
StarringGuru Dutt
Waheeda Rehman
Rehman
Johnny Walker
Minoo Mumtaz
Mumtaz Begum
Music byRavi
CinematographyV. K. Murthy
Release date
1 January 1960 (1960-01-01)
CountryIndia
LanguageUrdu/Hindi
Box office₹2.5 crore (equivalent to 434.6 crore, as of 2019)[1]

Chaudhvin Ka Chand (lit.'Moon of the fourteenth day / Full moon') is a 1960 Urdu/Hindi-language Muslim social film directed by Mohammed Sadiq.[2][3][4][5] This film was super-hit at box-office, one of the top-grossing films of 1960.[6] A production of Guru Dutt, the film centers on a love triangle between Guru Dutt, Rehman and Waheeda Rehman, and features music by Ravi. After the disastrous box office performance of Kaagaz Ke Phool, Guru Dutt had to stick back to the idea of producing a commercial project along with an experimental project to protect his studio from ruins. The next commercial venture by the studio was Chaudhvin ka Chand, which was a huge commercially successful comeback film for Guru Dutt, which saved Guru Dutt's production studio from ruins.[7]

Despite being a commercial venture, the film is considered a classic Muslim-social.[8] It was ranked #30 in 2003 Outlook Magazine poll of 25 leading Indian Directors for Best Bollywood Movies of all time.[9] Filmfare listed it among Seven Muslim social you must watch.[10] Its album was ranked #30 in Top 100 Bollywood Albums by Film Companion.[11][12] Chaudhvin ka Chand is also noted for pioneering the “bro code” in Hindi cinema.[13] The film's title track “Chaudhvin ka Chand ho” became especially popular and is noted for picturisation of the song sequence. The song is regarded as one of the most acclaimed romantic ballads in the history of romantic ballads and one of the most loved Hindi film songs of all time.[14][15]

Plot[edit]

The setting is the city of Lucknow in northern India, where Islamic culture flourished. Two of the three best friends who live in this city have fallen in love with the same woman named Jameela. Aslam (Guru Dutt) and Nawab (Rehman) are the two friends caught in this love triangle with Jameela (Waheeda Rehman). An integral part of any Guru Dutt film, comic relief was provided by Johnny Walker, who plays Mirza Masaraddik Shaida.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Guru Dutt's music composer of earlier films S. D. Burman had warned him not to make Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959 film), which resembled his own life. When Guru Dutt insisted on making the film, S. D. Burman said that would be his last film with Guru Dutt. Hence, the music composing of this film was offered to composer Ravi and was critically acclaimed, and the lyrics by his all-time favourite Shakeel Badayuni. It was a creative choice of Guru Dutt's to have the title track in color while the rest of the film was in black and white.[16] The title song, sung by Mohammed Rafi, became an evergreen hit, and is still popular among masses. The other hit songs from this film are "Mera Yaar Bana Hai Dulha", sung by Mohammed Rafi, often played in wedding ceremony and mujra song "Dil Ki Kahani Rang Layi Hai", sung by Asha Bhosle.

Track listing[edit]

Ravi has composed the music of the film & Shakeel Badayuni wrote the lyrics.

Song Singer
"Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho" Mohammed Rafi
"Mili Khaak Mein Mohabbat" Mohammed Rafi
"Mera Yaar Bana Hai Dulha" Mohammed Rafi
"Yeh Duniya Gol Hai" Mohammed Rafi
"Yeh Lakhnau Ki Sar-Zameen" Mohammed Rafi
"Balam Se Milan Hoga" Geeta Dutt
"Badle Badle Mere Sarkar" Lata Mangeshkar
"Sharmake Yeh Kyun Sab Pardanasheen" Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum
"Bedardi Mere Saiyan, Shabnam Hai Kabhi Sholay" Asha Bhosle
"Dil Ki Kahani Rang Layi Hai, Allah Duhayi Hai" Asha Bhosle

Awards[edit]

The film was also entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office 1960". Best of the Year. 1960. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  2. ^ Sadiq, M. (9 November 2008), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (Drama, Musical, Romance), Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Rehman, Minoo Mumtaz, Guru Dutt Films Pvt. Ltd., retrieved 15 January 2021
  3. ^ "Chaudhvin ka Chand | Indian Cinema - The University of Iowa". indiancinema.sites.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  4. ^ Luo, Ray. ""Chaudhvin Ka Chand" captures the heartbreaking choice of love or friendship". Pacific Ties. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  5. ^ Sood, Samira (11 July 2020). "Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Guru Dutt's Muslim social that pioneered the bro code in Hindi films". ThePrint. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  6. ^ Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960 film) on Muvyz.com website Retrieved 13 November 2019
  7. ^ Sukanya. "Chaudhvin Ka Chand: An ode to Waheeda Rehman's incandescent beauty". Sukanya Verma. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  8. ^ Luo, Ray. ""Chaudhvin Ka Chand" captures the heartbreaking choice of love or friendship". Pacific Ties. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Outlook India's Best Bollywood Films - iCheckMovies.com". iCheckMovies. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Seven Muslim socials you must watch". filmfare.com. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  11. ^ Nair, Vipin (10 October 2017). "#30 Chaudhvin Ka Chand: Top 100 Bollywood Albums". Film Companion. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  12. ^ Nair, Vipin (7 November 2017). "Top 100 Bollywood Albums". Film Companion. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  13. ^ Sood, Samira (11 July 2020). "Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Guru Dutt's Muslim social that pioneered the bro code in Hindi films". ThePrint. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  14. ^ "The Romance and Mystique of Waheeda Rehman in Chaudhvin ka Chand". The Wire. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Top 32: Most loved Bollywood songs of all time". Hindustan Times. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  16. ^ http://www.hindigeetmala.net/movie/chaudhvin_ka_chand.htm Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960 film) on Hindigeetmala.net website
  17. ^ "2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2019.

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