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Bollywood Rewind | Aar Paar: Guru Dutt blends comedy with noir

On this weekly column, we revisit gems from the golden years of Hindi cinema. This week, we revisit the 1954 launch Aar Paar.

Filmmakers, irrespective of how numerous they is likely to be, are sometimes remembered for his or her explicit kinds or genres so once I just lately watched Guru Dutt’s 1954 movie Aar Paar, I used to be stunned on the light-heartedness of the movie that effortlessly swings between comedy and noir, kinds that aren’t essentially related to Dutt. Starring Guru Dutt, Shyama and Shakila in lead roles, Aar Paar is a captivating movie that’s primarily a love story with a touch of suspense thrown into it. The Dutt directorial is so pleasant in its presentation that you may’t assist however smile on the antics of its characters.

Aar Paar begins with Kalu Birju (Dutt) who’s in jail for rash driving however his good conduct has gotten him off two months early. As Kalu begins in search of a job, he runs into Nikki (Shyama) and we witness one of the cute meet-cutes in Hindi cinema. As passers-by witness their chemistry, a girl sings “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” and love begins to blossom. Whereas Kalu’s life is crammed with rainbows on this finish, he has one thing else occurring as nicely. In making an attempt to ship a co-prisoner’s coded message, Kalu will get concerned with some criminals, who unbeknownst to him try to rob a financial institution. The faux financial institution theft sequence is extraordinarily intelligent because the viewers doesn’t even realise that this can be a mock theft till the sequence ends.

Guru Dutt’s Kalu Birju is an uncomplicated man who is much from the nuanced on-screen picture that we frequently affiliate with Dutt.

On the villain’s den, Kalu meets a dancer (Shakila) who’s making an attempt her greatest to make him fall in love along with her. With songs like “Babuji Dheere Chalna” and “Hun Abhi Major Jawan”, her seductive persona leaves Kalu spellbound, however not sufficient that he might let go of his love. Even when Kalu is heartbroken after Nikki doesn’t elope with him, he continues to like her and sticks by her. Aar Paar is a singular movie that may very well be labeled into ‘comedian noir’ – a suspense thriller with a great deal of gentle moments.

Aar Paar marked the primary collaboration between Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi, who later made Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. Aar Paar was Abrar’s first movie as a dialogue author and his work right here is especially spectacular. Aar Paar has characters from each sort of financial and cultural background and their dialogues replicate their background.

The movie’s music by OP Nayyar with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri is a stroke of genius. Other than the aforementioned songs, Aar Paar has tracks like “Solar Solar Solar Solar Zalima”, “Ye Lo Major Haari Piya”, “Mohabbat Kar Lo Jee Bhar Lo” amongst different timeless classics.

Watching Aar Paar in 2021 makes you assume that some tales are literally timeless and that not due to their common nature however primarily due to their sheer simplicity, and Aar Paar is a kind of easy movies that may convey a smile to your face.

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Aar Paar is streaming on Prime Video.

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