Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein

Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (transl. Far Away Under the Shadow of the Sky) is a 1964 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed, produced and written by Kishore Kumar. He also stars, along with Supriya Devi and Amit Kumar. Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein, an adaptation of the American film The Proud Rebel (1958), was released in 1964 and gained critical acclaim, but failed commercially. It was later remade in Tamil as Ramu (1966) in Telugu with that same title (1968), and in Malayalam as Babumon (1975).

Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein
Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein.jpg
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Directed byKishore Kumar
Written byKishore Kumar
Produced byKishore Kumar
StarringKishore Kumar
Supriya Devi
Amit Kumar
CinematographyAloke Dasgupta
Music byKishore Kumar
Production
company
Kishore Films
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
153 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

PlotEdit

Shankar, a soldier, returns from war, only to find that his family has died in a fire, and the sole survivor is his infant son Ramu, left mute by the incident. When Shankar is attacked by the villainous Thakur's men, he is rescued by a woman named Meera, and they fall in love. This provokes further trouble from the Thakur whose son wants to marry Meera.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein was the directorial debut of Kishore Kumar, who also worked as producer, writer and lead actor.[1] The film was based on the 1958 American film The Proud Rebel directed by Michael Curtiz.[2] Kumar also took inspiration from the 1955 Bengali film Pather Panchali, which he saw at least 13 times before making Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein.[3] Although Kumar was then known primarily for acting in comedy films, he cast himself against type this time by portraying the melancholic role of Shankar, a demobbed soldier.[4][1] Regarding his choice to make such a melancholic film, Kumar said, "There's sadness in the heart of even a comedian."[5] His son Amit played the role of Shankar's son Ramu, and Supriya Devi portrayed Meera, the woman Shankar falls in love with after she rescues him from an attack.[1] She said she accepted to work on the film because of its offbeat nature.[6] Aloke Dasgupta was the cinematographer, and Ramesh Pant wrote the dialogue.[1] According to Amit, his father's fascination for the word "door" (meaning far) was the reason behind the film receiving its title.[7] He also said that, despite Kumar facing adverse remarks from his friends while making the film, he managed to complete it "against all odds".[3]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack was composed by Kishore Kumar who also worked as lyricist, along with Shailendra.[8] The song "Aa Chalke Tujhe", written by the former, attained popularity.[1] R. D. Burman played the harmonica.[9][10]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Aa Chalke Tujhe"Kishore KumarKishore Kumar4:42
2."Jin Raaton Ki Bhor"ShailendraKishore Kumar3:57
3."Khoya Khoya Chanda"ShailendraAsha Bhosle3:47
4."Koi Lauta De Mere"ShailendraKishore Kumar3:33
5."O Jag Ke Rakhwale"ShailendraManna Dey, Kishore Kumar4:50
6."Path Bhoola Ek Aaya"ShailendraAsha Bhosle2:38
7."Chhod Meri Baiyan"ShailendraAsha Bhosle3:24
8."Rahi Tu Ruk Mat Jana"ShailendraHemant Kumar3:01
9."Koi Lauta De" (revival)ShailendraKishore Kumar3:24
10."Aa Chal Ke Tujhe" (instrumental)  4:01

Release and receptionEdit

Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein was released in 1964, and received critical acclaim.[11] Baburao Patel, then the editor of Filmindia magazine, wrote, "Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein just misses out on being a classic".[2] However, it was not commercially successful.[11] When officials suggested that Kumar give them bribes so that the film would be entered for the National Film Awards, Kumar refused.[12]

RemakesEdit

Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein was remade in Tamil as Ramu (1966).[13] The remake was commercially successful, and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. Kishore Kumar's brother Ashok Kumar praised Ramu screenwriter Javar Seetharaman for making suitable changes to the screenplay.[14] The film was also remade in Telugu with that same title in 1968,[15] and in Malayalam as Babumon (1975).[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 380.
  2. ^ a b Bhattacharya, Roshmila (23 June 2015). "In Focus – How Kishore Kumar left his son speechless". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b De, Hemchhaya (27 August 2018). "The life and times of Kishore Kumar". Femina. India. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 132.
  5. ^ Mahajan, Rohit (15 October 2017). "The mad mad world of Kishore da". The Tribune (Chandigarh). Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  6. ^ Gupta, Ranjan Das (24 March 2017). "I never expected too much". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  7. ^ Farook, Farhana (15 April 2018). "Legendary Kishore Kumar's son Amit Kumar talks about his father". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964)". Music India Online. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  9. ^ Arunachalam, Param (27 June 2015). "Bollywood Retrospect: RD Burman- The immortal musical soul". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  10. ^ Jha, Subhash K. (5 January 2013). "Amit Kumar talks about his association with the late RD Burman". Mid-Day. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  11. ^ a b Lokapally, Vijay (1 June 2012). "Blast From The Past: Door Gagan ki Chhaon Mein (1964)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  12. ^ Kumar, Ashwani (31 March 2017). "I'm here because of my father, says son of legendary singer". Khaleej Times. Archived from the original on 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  13. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 180–189.
  14. ^ Dhananjayan, G. (15 August 2016). "Artistic amends – Flops a reservoir of hot story ideas". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  15. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 203–211.
  16. ^ National Film Archive of India [@NFAIOfficial] (18 March 2020). "#Remake Popular Malayalam film #BabuMon (1975) starring #PremNazir in a leading role was a remake of #KishoreKumar's #DoorGaganKiChhaonMein (1964). It was also remade as #Ramu in Tamil and Telugu in 1966 and 1968 respectively with #GeminiGanesan and #NTRamaRao" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2 July 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2020 – via Twitter.

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