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

In this weekly column, we revisit the gems of Hindi cinema’s golden years. This week, we take a look again at Aar Paar, which released in 1954.

Filmmakers, however diverse they may be, are often remembered for their particular genres or genres, so when I recently watched Guru Dutt’s 1954 film Aar Paar, I was surprised at the film’s lightness. Hua, which seamlessly swings between comedy and noir. Genres that are not necessarily associated with Dutt. Starring Guru Dutt, Shyama and Shakeela in lead roles, Aar Paar is a fascinating film which is primarily a love story with a hint of suspense. The Dutt directorial is so delightful in its presentation that you cannot stop smiling at the antics of its characters.

Aar Paar begins with Kalu Birju (Dutt) jailed for rash driving, but his good conduct frees him two months ago. As Kalu starts looking for a job, he meets Nikki (Shyama) and we see one of the cutest meet-cutes of Hindi cinema. Passersby watch their chemistry, a woman sings “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” and love blossoms. While Kalu’s life is full of rainbows at this end, he has something else going on. While trying to deliver a coded message from a co-prisoner, Kalu gets involved with some criminals who are trying to rob a bank from him unknowingly. The fake bank robbery sequence is extremely clever as the audience doesn’t even realize that it is a fake robbery until the sequence is over.

Guru Dutt’s Kalu Birju is a simple man who is far from the nuanced on-screen image we often associate with Dutt.

In the villain’s lair, Kalu meets a dancer (Shakeela), who is trying her best to make him fall in love with her. With songs like “Babuji Dheere Chalna” and “Hun Abhi Main Jawan”, his seductive personality charms Kalu but not enough to make him give up on his love. Even when Kalu is heartbroken after Nikki doesn’t run away with him, he continues to love her and cling to her. Aar Paar is a unique film that can be classified as a ‘Comic Noir’ – a suspense thriller with lighter moments.

Aar Paar marked the first collaboration between Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi, who later created Sahib Bibi and Ghulam. Aar Paar was Abrar’s debut as a dialogue writer and his work here is particularly impressive. Aar Paar features characters from all sorts of economic and cultural backgrounds and their dialogues reflect their backgrounds.

The film’s music by O.P. Nayyar with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri is a stroke of genius. Apart from the above songs, Aar Paar has other timeless classics like “Sun Sun Sun Sun Zalima”, “Yeh Lo Main Hari Piya”, “Mohabbat Kar Lo Ji Bhar Lo”.

Watching Aar Paar in 2021 makes you feel that some stories are truly timeless and it is not because of their universal nature but mainly because of their sheer simplicity, and Aar Paar is one of those simple films that will bring a smile to your face. can bring

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Aar Paar is streaming on Prime Video.

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