Aan (1953)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 41 mins

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Hero Jai Tilak (Kumar) belongs to a Rajput clan loyal to the benevolent maharaja (Murad). The villain is the Cadillac-driving Prince Shamsher Singh (Premnath) who tries to usurp power by killing his father, the ruler. Much to the distress of Mangala (Nimmi), who loves him, Jai resolves to tame the proud rajkumari (Nadira) as he tamed her wild stallion in a contest. Shamsher kidnaps Mangala and tries to rape her, causing her to fall to her death. Jai retaliates by capturing the rajkumari, forcing her to take Mangala’s place. Eventually it turns out that the maharaja is still alive and Mangala appears in the rajkumari’s dream, making the princess realise she loves Jai. Jai and the loyalist forces defeat Shamsher and reassume power.

Cast: Dilip Kumar, Nimmi Ali Raza

Crew: Mehboob Khan (Director), Faredoon Irani (Director of Photography), Naushad Ali (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1953 (India)

Tagline: A Thousand And One Forbidden Sights Of India!

Hindi Name: आन

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Did you know? This was one of the first Indian movies to have a world wide release. The film had an extremely lavish London premiere attended by Mehboob Khan, his wife Sadar Akhter and Nimmi. Read More
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as Jai Tilak
as Mangala
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as Jais Mom
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as Prince Shamsher Singh
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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02:48
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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02:55
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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03:14
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
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03:55
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
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03:36
Music Director: Naushad Kannur
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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04:41
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03:44
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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04:18
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03:32
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Shamshad Begum
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03:10
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Shamshad Begum
Taglines:
A Thousand And One Forbidden Sights Of India!
The First Spectacular Musical Drama Ever To Come Out Of Mystical, Magical India!
Trivia:
Music director Naushad used a 100-piece Orchestra for the music of ‘Aan’ (1952, Dir: Mehboob Khan) thus changing the dynamics and budget of music production.

This was one of the first Indian movies to have a world wide release. The film had an extremely lavish London premiere attended by Mehboob Khan, his wife Sadar Akhter and Nimmi.

When a first edit of the film was shown to the film's financiers and distributors, they objected that Nimmi's character died too early. This was due to Nimmi's vast popularity as an actress. Therefore a lavish and extended dream sequence was filmed and edited in to give Nimmi more prominence and screen time in the film.

The English version came to be known under the title 'The Savage Princess'.

This movie marked the debut of Nadira in the role of female lead.

The desert, a set created by art director Achrekar, in which the rajkumari is gunning for Jai quotes the climactic scenes of King Vidor’s 'Duel in the Sun' (1946). Full of elaborately stylised action (esp. Nimmi’s performance), the most spectacular action takes place in a Ben Hur-type arena, including the sword-fight between Jai and Shamsher in front of the funeral pyre intended to burn the rajkumari at the stake. Shot in 16mm Gevacolour and blown up in Technicolor, the film’s epic style merges remarkably well with Technicolor’s tendency to create colour patches, a problem that e.g. Nitin Bose failed to solve in his 'Ganga Jumna' (1961), making 'Aan' one of India’s first successful experiments with colour cinematography.

This was the first ever Hindi film to be dubbed in Tamil.

This movie was released in a 105’ dubbed French version as 'Mangala Fille des Indes' in 1954. Although Nimmi was not the romantic lead, she made a huge impact on audiences and her character, Mangala, emerged as the most popular in the film. This was to such an extent that, when the film was released dubbed in French in 1954, it was retitled "Mangala, fille des Indes" (Mangala, girl of India) and Nimmi was promoted as main star of the movie in the theatrical posters and trailers for the French language release. Nimmi further revealed in a 2013 interview, that at the London premiere of 'Aan', she received four serious offers from Hollywood, including Cecil B. DeMille who greatly admired the production design and Mehboob's vision as a director. He was in fact, so impressed by the film, he personally wrote a letter of commendation to Mehboob Khan praising the film and the performances of Nimmi and Nadira in particular.

One of Mehboob’s first films to receive wide distribution in the West, where it was compared, incongruously, to both 'LeRoy’s Quo Vadis' (1951) and Powell’s 'The Red Shoes' (1948), while Dilip Kumar was seen as close to Tarzan.

Mehboob’s shift from Black&White to colour led to a sweeping narrative style, with a brown and green countryside, neo-classical decor, expansive gestures and valiant horsemen thundering under fiery golden-orange skies, announcing his 'Mother India' (1957) socialist realism.

Nargis was the original choice for the role of Princess Rajshree, but left the film to concentrate on her association with RK studios. For a time, Madhubala was considered, with considerable lobbying from Dilip Kumar who was romantically involved with her at the time, but for reasons unknown she was never cast. Finally, Mehboob decided to launch a newcomer and selected the then unknown, Nadira and promoted her as his new star discovery.