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Chhattisgarhi Film: 'Ghar Dwar' Was The Second Historic Movie in Chhattisgarhi



Late Shri Vijay Kumar Pandey who struggled for dignity of Chhattisgarh and the great fan of the emotional drama films, made a movie 'Ghar Dwar' in 1965 with 'the story of the broken family of Chhattisgarh'. He was born on December 23, 1944 in Brahmin village proprietor family in Shri Vikramaditya Pandey house at Bhanpuri, Raipur Chhattisgarh.

At that time, Bhanpuri was considered as a village situated near Raipur. Now it joined the boundary of Raipur. Shri Vijay Pandey came to Chhattisgarh with the whole team from Mumbai (at that time used to be Bombay) to make Chhattisgarhi movie 'Ghar-Dwar'.

Many known artists of Mumbai, Kanan Mohan, Ranjita Thakur and Dulari played important roles in this movie. Artists of Chhattisgarh Zafar Ali Farishta, Ballu Rizvi, Basant Diwan, Smt. Neelu Megh, Bhagwati Dikshit, Bhaskar Kathote, Shriram Kalele, Yashwant Govind Joglekar, Ramkumar Tiwari, Parveen Nil Ahmed, Thakur Das Ahuja and Shivkumar Deepak also played the important roles. The film was released at 35mm White-Shyam (Blake and White) in 1971.

Story of The Movie
Late Shri Vijay Kumar Pandey

'Ghar Dwar' was the second Chhattisgarhi film, is based on a Chhattisgarhi family story. According to the information given by Mr. Jai Prakash Pandey, the son of Shri Vijay Kumar Pandey (the film's founder) and today's veteran artist Shri Shivkumar Deepak who also played being an important role on the film, the main characters include Dulari Bai (mother), Kaan Mohan (elder brother) , Ranjita Thakur (elder brother's wife), Zafar Ali farishta (younger brother), Geeta Kaushal (younger brother's wife), Basant Diwan (Munim), Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi (broker) and Shivkumar Deepak (younger brother of uncle's wife) is included. Apart from this, the most notable fact is that Shri Vijay Kumar Pandey has played a brief role in this film from Seth of Raipur.

According to the story, It is about two brothers in central role whose father had died in the childhood. Their mother worked hard and care for both sons. The elder son spend his life between farming and family responsibilities. The elder brother and mother together send the younger brother to the city (Raipur) for study. From here due to the bad friends and urban misconceptions he is a cause of discord in the house.

Then after study he returned to the village along with his wife, the wife. He married to a girl in the city and her rogue uncle also came with her. The conditions are such that the days of stringency due to domestic discord. Meanwhile, mother also died. The elder brother comes to the town with his wife and earn money by running a rickshaw. Here he is met with a loyal donor Seth, who is an old friend of his father. This rich man supports him. The story takes a new turn and the village's ancestral home is auctioned. In such a situation, Seth reached the village with the elder brother the last bid himself and after purchasing the house and he hand it over to both brothers.
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'Ghar Dwar' film was also influenced by Mehboob Production's 'Mother India' to a lesser extent. The most busy artist Dulari Bai who was set up in Bombay Cinema is played mother's role. Main hero of the first Chhattisgarhi movie "Kahi Debe Sandesh" Kaan Mohan played the role of the eldest son. And Zafar Ali Farishta got the role of younger son who was struggling to make his identity on Bollywood from Raipur to Bombay. Although Mr. Farishta could not be established as a hero in Bollywood Cinema, later he was involved in the production of some Hindi films. The heroines of the film were Ranjita Thakur and Geeta Kaushal. In addition, today's Congress leader Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Apart from poet Nilu Megh, Bhagwati Dixit, Bhaskar Kathote, Yashwant Govind Joglekar, Ramkumar Tiwari, Parveen Ahmed and Thakur Das Ahuja also played important roles.

Film production

Shooting in Saraypali Rajmahal

Regarding the shooting of the film, Mrs. Pandey said that the movie 'Ghar Dwar' was an ambitious film for Mr. Pandey. That's why he called all technical experts and all the main artists from Bombay. The main shooting for the film took place at the Saraipali Palace. The entire team of Bombay stayed there for one and half year of the schedule. According to Mrs. Pandey, the Saraipali King Shri Mahendra Bahadur Singh gave a lot of support. Raja Saheb devoted his entire palace (excluding the worship house) for the film 'Ghar Dwar'. Since the whole unit cost bear Mr. Pandey himself so, the responsibility to take care of every need of every member. According to Mrs. Pandey, whenever there was a nonveg diet for the unit because of being a Brahmin, Mr. Pandey used to go to different enclaves with his family, including the other vegetarians in the unit.
Film music
Theatrical poster

Kishor Kumar was going to sing "Gonda Fulge..."

Sharing the memories related to the film, Mrs Chandrakali Pandey said that she did not go to Bombay during the recording of the film's songs. She was only witness to the movie shooting in Chhattisgarh. Self On the basis of what he heard from Mr. Pandey, Mrs Pandey said that the period of 1965-67 was such that when Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi was top singers. In such a situation, we could not even record the duet song like 'Sun-Sun More Maya Peera ke' and 'Aaj Abarthiya' in the voice of both. Then Suman Kalyanpur was the only option, so she sang with Rafi Saheb. According to Mrs Pandey, the most famous song of the movie is  'Gonda Fulge More Raja' was to be recorded in the first Kishore Kumar voice. Kishore Kumar was contracted for this, but at some time Kishore Kumar's program abroad was fixed, probably due to Madhubala's treatment. In such a way, musician Jamal Sen recited this song to Rafi Sahib, then he accepted the offer to sing the song;

Promotion and film release

Dilip Kumar promoted the film 'Ghar Dwar' in his film 'Gopi'

Mrs Pandey said that the film 'Ghar Dwar' and Dilip Kumar's film 'Gopi' was almost complete together and the release date was also nearby. In this way Dilip Kumar called Mr Pandey one day for his film 'Gopi' and in one scene set up a set of Raipur railway station and a special dialog was included in which Raipur wali Mausi was mentioned. Dilip Kumar did all this for help of promoting the film 'Ghar Dwar'. Mrs Pandey said that the film was released in Prabhat Talkies of Raipur in 1971, exact date she does not remember. After this, from 1984-85, the film was going on in the talkies of other cities Bilaspur, Durg, Bhilai, Raigarh and Korba, with a gap of every two years. The performance of the film was also brilliant in the fair through touring talkies.
Digitization of the film

Chhattisgarhi film 'Ghar Dwar' will be released in digital format

From 1971 to 1981, the film continued to be released in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra, UP and Bihar. Many songs of it were played on the radio as well. But after the death of producer Vijay Pandey in 1987, the whole process was over. Jaiprakash Pandey, son of Vivey Kumar Pandey, told that after the death of his father, the family had been completely broken and nobody paid attention that the only print placed in the house is getting worse. Apart from this, a print and negative film of the film was in the Quality Lab of Ranjit Studios in Dadar, Mumbai. After death of Babu Bhai Desai, owner of Lab, it was bought by Manohar Shetty from Bangalore. In this period, the old building of Lab was broken down. During this time, the Pandey family has no contact in Mumbai. In this way, negative, positive and other rush prints of the film were lost.

According to Jayaprakash Pandey, after making Chhattisgarh state, he tried his best to find out the prints together with his brother Jayasantosh Pandey (now departed). Finally,  through the producer-director Manu Naik, in the first Chhattisgarh film 'Kehi debe Sandesh' of Mumbai, the lab got information. But there was only disappointment upon reaching there. After this, he also searched the print at the National Film Museum in Pune but there was no record of it. In the meantime, Mr. Pandey's old friends met in Mumbai. The film's print got in a private museum of Marathi films, in Dadar, through a gentleman. According to Mr. Pandey, this print of 13 reels was found, but it was very poor. The other problem was that as soon as some people got to know it in Raipur, a businessman associated with the film and video business started pressuring him to "deal" in every situation. But some well wishers came in at that time and we strongly refuse.
Shri Pandey said that the revival of this print was guided by the technicians of Mumbai. In which one idea was to create negative from this positive and then to be positive in celluloid form again. But until the work started in this direction, the time of digital came. In this case, now under the new process, every frame of the entire celluloid positive print will be scanned. Its picture and sound quality will be improved. Subsequently, its original negative print will be created. After which the film will be released through a satellite in the digital form.

Mr. Pandey said that it is a coincidence that this film will be resurrected from the new owner's lab of the same film which was deleted from the quality lab. According to Mr. Pandey, these days, the work of digitizing white shyam films in Mumbai is going on very fast, so after six months of efforts, his film number came in the second week of December. The entire process will take 10 to 12 days. After this he is preparing to release the film in digital format on 23 December 2010, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Shri. Vijay Kumar Pandey.

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