The Golden Year of 1952 on 20th March at 8 PM

With its core proposition ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’, Zee Classic aims at reviving nostalgic moments and memories while promising to bring home the timeless magic of classic Hindi cinema. These moments continue to touch us in different ways over generations through characters, stories, plots, dialogues and the most important of all - MUSIC. Keeping this core thought in mind, the channel is celebrating the music of The Golden Era (1950-1975) in an exclusive twenty-six part series titled, ‘The Golden Years 1950 – 1975, A musical journey with Javed Akhtar’. This Sunday, 20th March at 8 PM, be ready to travel back to 1952 and become a part of those magical renditions.

1952 was a landmark year for more reasons than one. India had its first General Elections in 1952 which catapulted Jawaharlal Nehru to power as the first Prime Minister of India. Cinematically, the relevance was no less. Dilip Kumar went on to win the Best Actor Award for his performance in Daag and Meena Kumari went on to win the Best Actress Award for her role in Baiju Bawra. 1952 gave us films like Jaal, Aan, Aandhiyan, Daag, Sangdil and many more. Ace lyricist Javed Akhtar will once again take audiences through the unheard stories and anecdotes that took place during the making of these classics.

Baiju Bawra, based on the life of a timeless musician, showed the true potential of Indian music and its time transcending capacity to capture hearts. Another important film was Jaal starring Dev Anand in the lead which went onto break Hindi cinema stereotypes with strong performances and soulful music. Javed Akhtar shares that the term ‘ahead of its times’ truly applies to Jaal. While we often refer to the anti-hero phenomena in Hindi cinema, Guru Dutt dared to have one in this film way back in 1952. In Jaal, Dev Anand played a ruthless conman, miles away from the lead hero image who duped women into smuggling. “Koi imaan Nahi, koi zameer nahi, koi wafa nahi, koi usool nahi, sirf lalach, this was one role which stands out even today.” Daag was another musical blockbuster of this year and its songs still make for a rejuvenating experience.

1952 was, indeed, a year of content driven films in which music was skillfully woven into the narrative to create an impact. With artists like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Hemant Kumar and Talat Mehmood contributing to playback, this year saw a host of romantic songs that continue to charm us for their meaningful lyrics and heartfelt compositions.


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