In this weekly column, we revisit gems from the golden years of Hindi cinema. This week, we revisit the 1962 launch Bees Saal Baad.
“Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil…” the vocals, the music and lyrics of this music can nonetheless create a haunting impact within the minds of Hindi movie lovers. The famed music from Bees Saal Baad is 59 years previous at this level however the impact it has on its listeners is simply as eerie.
Released in 1962, Biren Nag’s Bees Saal Baad was produced by music composer Hemant Kumar, which says so much in regards to the timeless music of the movie. Starring Waheeda Rehman and Biswajeet, in his debut Hindi movie position, Bees Saal Baad is a basic story of a haunted mansion that’s beneath the spell of a mysterious spirit. After the success of the 1958 movie Madhumati, the horror style discovered many takers and because the 60s got here alongside, it noticed many experiments, and most of them had been accepted keenly by the viewers.
Written by Dhruva Chatterjee and Dev Kishan, the plot of Bees Saal Baad might sound a bit simplistic at present however with all its bells and whistles, it’s a basic. The movie follows Kumar (Biswajeet) who has returned to Chandangarh after the mysterious demise of his uncle. As he enters his household mansion, the servant informs him that the boys of his household had been cursed two generations in the past after his grandfather raped a younger girl from the village. Kumar would possibly fall into the identical dying lure as his uncle because the spirit has vowed to not spare the boys of this household.
While fixing the thriller on the aspect, Kumar falls in love with Radha (Waheeda Rehman), and that is the portion of the movie the place you get some glorious music that makes watching this movie a worthwhile expertise. “Zara Nazaron Se Keh Do Ji”, “Bekarar Karke Humein”, “Sapne Suhane” amongst others make for a wonderful album with lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni.
Right from the beginning, Bees Saal Baad creates an environment that immediately sucks you in. The background rating, the lighting, and even the digicam angles used right here give an ominous feeling and director Biren Nag continues to construct upon that basis. “Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil” seems in lots of locations by means of the movie and each time you hear its sound, you sit up and pay attention to the happenings as even the lyrics have hidden clues concerning the homicide thriller.
Much like many different movies from this period, the movie depends on comedic breaks to supply a breather from critical storytelling and whereas Asit Sen’s Gopichand may need labored again within the day, it simply drags the movie now. The affect of Madhumati, when it comes to creating the appropriate temper, is clear right here and in lots of respects, Bees Saal Baad creates a extra participating horror story.
Bees Saal Baad’s central premise talks a couple of girl who was raped and unjustly killed however all through the run of the movie, there’s hardly any sympathy proven for her. The characters preserve questioning how Kumar would die and even once they catch the mysterious killer red-handed, nobody talks in regards to the injustice his daughter needed to bear 20 years in the past. Rather, a personality simply says “crime by no means pays” to a dying man who was avenging his useless daughter. The makers villainize the antagonist utterly with out presenting a nuanced argument for his actions.
Bees Saal Baad hasn’t aged in addition to lots of its contemporaries however the way in which it creates a horror ambiance can educate many present-day filmmakers a factor or two.
Bees Saal Baad is streaming on Eros Now and YouTube.
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