By Pradyot Lal: “Kala Bazar” (1960) remains the only film in which the three brothers – Chetan, Dev and Vijay Anand – starred together. A social tirade against black marketing and corruption, “Kala Bazar” was far ahead of its times in sheer cinematic value…s.
Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman come together to create magic in this black and white tribute to entertainment on screen. There is not a dull moment in this slick movie that carried a strong social message on the importance of education. Music had always been an integral part of Navketan Films and Sachin Dev Burman makes a huge contribution with his craft, setting soulful tunes to Shailendra’s lyrics. It also marked the coming together of Shailendra and S.D. Burman for the first time. The duo wrote and composed immortal melodies in true Navketan style for “Kala Bazar” like “Khoya Khoya Chand”, “Sach Hue Sapne Tere” and “Rimjhim Ke Tarane”. There is a beautifully composed and executed rain-song “Rim Jhim Ke Tarane Leke Aai Barsaat”, the hero and heroine gracefully sharing an umbrella as Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt come up with an all-time great duet. Geeta Dutt also combined with Sudha Malhotra to give an immortal devotional offering in the shape of “Na Mai Dhan Chahoon Na Ratan Chahoon…”
“Apni To Har Aah Ek Toofan Hai” should rank as one of the finest situational songs. Dev Anand teasingly referring to Waheeda (on the upper berth) as the train is chugging towards its destination. And then the romantic “Khoya Khoya Chand Khula Aasman” sets up the tempo, leaving the audience asking for more. Vijay Anand’s direction and attention to small details contribute to make the movie memorable. Kala Bazar” is indeed a timeless classic. With a director like Vijay Anand to make use of their genius, every actor played his part in a composed manner. Some close to reality sequences in this movie only underlined the importance of his direction. No wonder, Dev Anand regarded his brother “a great asset.”