The title Sahib, Bibi, cmyk for your article on the colouring of Guru Dutt films was erroneous (Mar 22). Colour films are not printed on offset presses. The release print has three layers of colour-sensitive emulsion. So, if you did wish to use computer terminology, then it should have been rgb and not cmyk. As for Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam, the film probably did not recover production cost on initial run. In fact a review in a film trade magazine just after its release actually declared: Sharabi Bibi, Vyabhichari Sahib and Nikhattu Ghulam. I saw the first show of this film at Nandan Cinema, Amritsar, and liked it a lot, but that was, and still is not, the case for most moviegoers. My suggestion to Arun Dutt is to shift his ‘nigahein’ and find another ‘nishana’ for his colour dreams. He could also perhaps put back the Fiffi song in the film which was cut because the censors felt that the lyrics implied the Bombay police as being corrupt. Sudhir, Gurgaon
I was the one who rendered Mughal-e-Azam in colour and am yet to receive any negative comment on it as the film deserved to be coloured. Naya Daur did not do as well since the film was not supposed to be coloured. Arun Dutt has been trying to colour his films since 2003, before MeA went colour. But, first of all, colourisation as a technology is not easy, and secondly, it needs good investment. There are almost a hundred people who lay claim to the rights on Guru Dutt’s films. Arun does not have the money to invest and investors do not see potential in this project as the market for colourisation has not entirely worked in India. MeA was the first project of its kind and we completed it in 10 months’ time and released it successfully worldwide while others have been talking about it for a decade and yet have not been able to complete even 10 minutes of a clip. Rajeev Dwivedi, Mumbai
How anyone can even conceive of tinkering with a movie as wonderful, meaningful and aesthetically perfect as Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam is beyond me! Someone should stop Arun Dutt from committing this complete sacrilege against probably the most perfect Hindi movie ever made. Raveesh Varma, Grand Rapids, US
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