In defense of Poor Image- Mughal-e-Azam

The above image is taken from one of the classic movies of Bollywood. The movie was shot in black and white but was colorized in 2004. The coloring of the black and white films have been done to attract the masses but has failed to deliver the original context that the film holds in its real version. It loses the charisma of the originally original. Such is the case of Mughal-e-Azam which was colored in 2004. Although the coloring of the film attracted young people, the fake colors tend to look flat and brash, taking away the elegance from the shot of the cinematographer.

Although colorization is done to attract new masses, the filmmaker are not of opinion to deface their original work. One of the interesting incident regarding this is when the ill-health filmmaker Orson Welles told his friend: “Don’t let Ted Turner deface my movie with his crayons’, regarding the colorisation of his movie Citizen Kane. This shows that the technology, the high resolution might bring an appeal to the picture but it is not close to the real image produced.

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