Nadiya Ke Paar

I loved Swades but did not write a blog post about it. Same goes with Lakshya, Dil Chahta Hai, Dor, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zamin Par and some 100 odd other hindi movies. however i’m writing a post on Nadiya Ke Paar. Why?  

Because i adore this movie. Because it beautifully captures the spirit of a north Indian village. Because considering the entertainers only, this film stands tall among the likes of all time great bollywood movies. Because it proves, what creativity, simplicity, great acting, direction and music can do, shelling millions of bucks cannot. Because if there’s any movie which needs the recognition it deserves, it is this. Because Hum Apke Hain Kaun was a remake of this movie.  

Nadiya Ke Paar tells the story of a farmer somewhere from Eastern UP who lives with his two nephews. He falls ill and is treated by a Vaidya who comes from another village. When the farmer feels okay, he asks the Vaidya for his fees. In return, the Vaidya asks for his son as his son-in-law to which farmer readily agrees. The farmer's eldest son Omkar (played by Inder Thakur) marries Vaidya 's elder daughter Roopa and they start living happily. Roopa gives birth to a baby. During Roopa's pregnancy her younger sister Gunja (Sadhana Singh) comes to live with her and falls in love with Roopa's brother-in-law Chandan (Sachin). Roopa comes to know of this and assures them that she will get them married, but she dies in an accident soon and nobody else knows about their affair. Their parents mutually decide to get Gunja married off to Omkar so that she could take care of her sister's baby. But in the last moments of the movie, their affair comes to everyone's notice and things are resolved. Chandan marries Gunja ultimately with everybody's consent.  

You have seen HAHK! So you knew that. Right? :-)  

Nadiya Ke Paar was released in 1982 and became a superhit. It ran houseful for years in a movie theatre in Allahabad. It is based on a Hindi novel by Keshav Prasad Mishra called "Kohbar Ki Shart". Although it captures only the first half of the novel with the change that Gunja gets married to Chandan in the movie. In the novel, the proposed marriage between Gunja and Omkar does take place and the story continues after that.  

Nadiya Ke Paar’s sheer simplicity sets it apart from its contemporaries. Ravindra Jain immortalized the songs with superb music and lyrics. Sachin and Sadhna were proficient as lead actors. Direction of Govind Moonis was brilliant. Rajshri Productions have some wonderful gems in their kitty, this one surely ranks very high among them(Best being HAHK, which ironically is a remake of NKP as i’ve already pointed). When you start the movie, you wish that this movie should never end. Especially the first half, totally fun. A must watch!

11 comments:

Raphael said...

Hated HAHK, hated DDLJ, couldn't tolerate nadiya ke paar.....but yes i appreciate the simplicity of the film......

*NaVdEeP* said...

I Didn't Knew It!!!!! :)

Aditya ! said...

@varun sir, dramatics u love, but drama u hate :P

@navdeep, now you know it ;)

Misha said...

i cannot believe ANYYY muvi cud b8r that HAHK...
but ya...i lyk ur post coz i knw how much u loooove this muvi, and ur luv was clearly visible in the post!
:)

Raphael said...

Yaar i don't like over the top drama, even in dramatics, just can't stomach it....it should be as real as possible....

Aditya ! said...

@misha, I usually review the movies/books/music which i love and want other people to be aware of them. At least somebody would see the world through the eyes of my pen. Just a perspective, my take u can call it! :)

@varun sir, I too don't like over the top drama. But these are the few movies which i first watched as a kid and had no sense whatsoever of what sensible cinema is. Saw it, loved it, wrote about it :)

Kaylene said...

simply ...best movie i ever seen.sachin n sadhna both superb

rahul said...

i love this movies
i feel the character alive

kalpana said...

I really like this movie(not that I am a great fan of love stories) but this movie gives a very soothing and serene feeling. Its a very simple and beautifully made movie :):)

deepak kumar garg said...

फिल्म नदिया के पार में इस उपन्यास की आधी कहानी ही प्रयोग हुई थी .उपन्यास की बाकी कहानी को लेकर नदिया के पार पार्ट 2 बननी चाहिए, जैसे पिछले वर्ष सचिन और राजश्री की फिल्म अखियों के झरोखों से फिल्म का पार्ट 2 फिल्म जाना पहचाना बनी थी, वैसे उपन्यास की बाकी कहानी क्या है

Swati said...

love this movie.. esp because the village life is depicted perfectly! and ofcourse the music.. each and every song is a memorable one.. can watch another 20 times without getting bored :) :)