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Daag (1973) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
19 Apr, 2011 | Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / D

The first movie coming from the Yash Chopra's own production banner, “Daag” was a big musical hit of the year 1973. Though the film was at first released with lesser number of prints due to its dicey subject, but within few days of its release, positive reports started coming in and more prints had to be arranged for all the theaters.

With a brilliant musical score from the team of Yash Chopra, Laxmikant Pyarelal and Sahri Ludhianavi, the film is still remembered for its unusual subject and melodious songs such as, “Ni Main Yaar Manana Ni”, “Ab Chahe Maa Roothe Ya”, “Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai” and many more.
But very few know that the Hit film was actually based on a novel by British author Thomas Hardy published in 1886 titled “The Mayor of Casterbridge” which was also made into a British film made with the same title in 1921. Later it was also adapted for TV in 1978 and 2003, plus the same subject became the backdrop of a film titled “The Claim” released in the year 2000 too.

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19 Apr 2011 / Comment ( 2 )

Hi Bobby Sir
Thanks for giving the details of Daag .I was under the impression that it\'s original writer was Gulshan Nanda. Original is original...no one can match it...Even great Movies like Sholay are not original stories...even more epics and classics are not original if we explore them....

What is ur opinion of the music of Jab tak hai Jaan...Music has played a big role in Yash Chopra\'s success...I heard the numbers of Jab tak hai Jaan on You Tube...although they have been composed by AR Rahman...they do not seem to leave any lasting impression...Khayyam Sahab and Shiv Hari gave the best to Yash Chopra...they adjusted well to his style of film making,script and story...Would have been great had Yash Chopra got Khyamm Sahab or Shiv Hari for this one movie too as he had got the late Madan Mohan for VEER ZAARA...and Madan Mohan gave great numbers for that movie...u still enjoy listening to them...

Bobby Sing

Hi Shiraz,
Yes an Original is an Original and true artists need to give credits to it too.

About music of JTHJ, I cant say clearly as ARR's music grows on you after repeated listenings mostly......still I am not excited to hear it in the first listening. But yes I would have loved if Yash Chopra had chosen the "STILL AVAILABLE" Khayaam Saab for this score as then the maestro would have also been interested in giving eveything he has got in his SWAN SONG to the world.

However regarding Madan Mohan's great score in VEER ZAARA - Its only a matter of time, the banner along with the Big Stars and the fact that we all love our artists only after they are gone, which made this score a big hit...........Otherwise all the compositions used in the film were in fact the Un-used or Rejected tunes of Madan Mohan Saab which were not accepted by some reputed directors in the past era.

For instance, the composition for the title song "Tere Liye" was in reality the compostion made by Madan Mohan for Gulzar' song "Dil Dhoondhta Hai" in film MAUSAM....But Gulzar didnt liked it then and later on it became the song "Tere Liye".

So, it lot depends upon how you serve the dish and at what time, which counts in this present era of MARKETING.


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