Hamid Ali Khan (27 January 1922 – 22 October 1998), better known by his stage name Ajit, was an Indian actor active in Hindi films. He acted in over two hundred movies over almost four decades. Ajit is also credited for starring as a lead actor in popular Bollywood movies such as Beqasoor, Nastik, Bada Bhai, Milan, Bara Dari, and later as the second lead in Mughal-e-Azam and Naya Daur.
He started as a hero and later got famous for the roles of sophisticated villains. He is remembered even today for his dialogues like ‘Mona Darling’ and ‘Smart Guy’.
Celebrating his centenary anniversary, Lamakaan celebrates this son of the soil films, art, legacy and much more through screening of some of the finest films on all Wednesday of the May month and discuss Ajit's work pre and post screening.
Film: NAYA DAUR (1957) Directed by: B R Chopra Duration: 162 minutes
ABOUT THE FILM: Naya Daur (transl. The New Era) is a 1957 Indian Hindi-language social drama film directed and produced by B. R. Chopra. It was written by Akhtar Mirza. It stars Dilip Kumar, and Vyjayanthimala in lead roles, along with Ajit, Jeevan, Johnny Walker, Chand Usmani, Nazir Hussain, Manmohan Krishna, Leela Chitnis, Pratima Devi, Daisy Irani, Radhakishan form an ensemble cast. The film narrates the story of Shankar and Krishna, two best friends who fall for the same woman, Rajni.
Naya Daur was the second-highest grossing Indian film of the year 1957 and also the second-highest grossing Indian film of the decade, behind Mother India (1957). By many sources, it remains one of the top 10 highest-grossing Indian films of all time when adjusted for ticket-price inflation. It became the highest-grossing sports film ever at the time of its release and remains one of the highest ticket-selling sports film, despite its release only being in India.
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