Naya Daur is still so Naya (New). The story is simple and social, relevant in so many ways even today. We are introduced to the welcoming people of a sweet little Indian village called Karanpur. This isn't the typical farmers' village that thrives on their agricultural exports.
Naya Daur is the story of two friends- Shankar the tongawala and Krishna the wood. Karanpur, far away in the valley of the hills crowned by timber forests, first stop to the sacred temple of Shiva, twelve miles away, to which came pilgrims every day and journeyed forth in the tongas. A village peopled by robust, rugged, simple men and women who despite the lack of an agricultural economy remained happy because of the money earned by the tonga-walas and the wood-cutters working for Seth Maganlal, the kind hearted Timber factory owner who believed his prosperity was entirely due to the people who worked for him and that he owed it to them to see they remained happy. Into this village comes Kundan, the Seth's city-bred, money greedy son and Rajni, a beautiful young lady. Shankar and Krishna realise that they're in love with the same woman. Further misunderstandings occur and the relationship between Krishna and Shankar gets strained. The two part ways on extremely unforgiving terms. Krishna, in a bid to hit back at Shankar, hatches an ugly plan with Kundan.
This movie brings together the histrionic talents of Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala. Made with a very strong social theme that was very relevant to its time, this movie boasts a brisk narrative, evocative performances and an unforgettable soundtrack by O.P. Nayyar. From "Mai Bambai ka Babu", to the patriotic "Yeh desh hai veer jawanon ka" to "Maang ke Saath Tumhara" set to the clip clops of the horse, every number is a collector's item. This is one of the best performances of Dilip Kumar. The scene in which Dilip Kumar convinces the rival villagers to allow them to pass road through their place is my favorite and amazingly done by great Dilip Kumar. The acting performance is superb and natural - from Dilp Kumar and Vyjayanthimala down to the extras. O.P. Nayyar's evergreen music is haunting even today and never seems out of place in the whole movie.
While recommending this classic wholeheartedly to the movie buffs we will only say that this movie retains a perennial charm that comes only from honest and impassioned film-making.