New Delhi: After Naya Daur and Mughal-e-Azam it is the turn of legendary war film Haqeeqat to be re-released in colour.
Chetan Anand with Dr Radhakrishnan
Ten years after the death of its maker at the age of 82 on 6 July 1997, his son Ketan Anand, announced that the war film will soon be ‘colourized’ as a tribute to his father who at that time had shown rare grit in shooting a black and white film in Ladakh.
Inspite of colour having made its appearnace on the Hindi film screen, Chetan chose the stark and dramatic tones of black and white to convey what he felt should be a typical war film.
Films set against the backdrop of war have been made in India ever since the border conflict with the Chinese in the early 60’s. Images from ‘Haqeeqat’ by Chetan Anand flash across the mind vividly showing horrors of not only the war, but of soldier’s loneliness on hostile borders.
Ketan Anand made the announcement during an interaction soon after the screening of his film ‘Chetan Anand – The Poetics of Film’, a docu-drama written by him in collaboration with his mother Uma Anand, a writer and actress.
The film has been co-produced by Vani Tripathi under the banner of Himalaya Films.Simultaneously, a book ‘Chetan Anand – The Poetics of Film’ which analyses his work, penned by Uma Anand and Ketan Anand, was also released on the occasion.
Actor Tom Alter has woven all the details together through his narration for the 95-minute film. He pointed out that it was Chetan who first took India to the overseas market with his first directorial venture, ‘Neecha Nagar’ in the mid-40’s, going on to win the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Film Festival.
The 160-page book is a nostalgic biography of the film maker vividly brought to life with telling photographs. In two parts, it has Chetan’s wife’s account and in the second it is his elder son Ketan Anand who speaks of his experience of working with his father and uncles Dev Anand and Vijay ‘Goldie’ Anand.
The film was screened at the Stuttgart Film Festival in Germany this year. A retrospective of Chetan’s films was also screened at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi: Neecha Nagar, Arpan, Haqeeqat, Aakhri Khat, Heer Ranjha, and Hanste Zakhm.