A Rare Reel on the Making of Pakeezah Discovered by NFAI


As movie lovers bear in mind famend actress Meena Kumari on her loss of life anniversary, NFAI-National Film Archives of India, Pune obtained maintain of a prized possession. A uncommon 18-minute footage in 16mm of the making of Kamal Amrohi’s iconic movie Pakeezah titled ‘Pakeezah – Rang Barang’ is now added to the assortment of NFAI to protect it for generations to come back.

The footage has uncommon visuals of the 15-year lengthy journey of Pakeezah, from its inception to launch. The spotlight of the footage is the visuals of the in style music ‘Inhin Logon Ne’ shot in black and white in the early interval of the taking pictures of the movie, by which younger Meena Kumari is seen dancing to a in another way choreographed sequence. As per visuals, this was one of the first sequences to be shot and the clapper board exhibits the date as sixteenth July 1956.

The footage additionally incorporates a Mohammed Rafi Qawwali quantity ‘Jaye Toh Jaye Kaha, Ab Ye Tera Deewana’, which was not included in the launched movie. The different visuals have the scenes of the premiere of the movie held at Maratha Mandir in Bombay on 4th February 1972.

“The preliminary inspection reveals that the film is heavily scratched and colours are faded. We are trying our best to salvage the material so that it can be made accessible to the audience,” stated Prakash Magdum, Director, NFAI.