Dilip Kumar and Vyjanthimala in a still from the film Naya Daur. The film is set in post-Independent India and the focus is on tangawallahs who earn their living by transporting people.
Though the colour version of Naya Daur hasn't been as big a success as Mughal-e-Azam, Ravi Chopra is all set to colour many well-known classics.
"After Naya Daur we'll now colour our other black-and-white classic Gumrah, which was originally released in 1963. This will be followed by a coloured version of my father BR Chopra's 1958 classic Sadhana," Chopra told IANS.
Interestingly, Gumrah, about an unfaithful wife (Mala Sinha) and her clandestine trysts with her lover before marriage, was remade two years ago by Dharmesh Darshan as Bewafaa.
"Better the coloured versions than the remakes," said Vyjayanthimala, who features in Naya Daur and the soon-to-be-re-released Sadhana.
"I very honestly feel remakes miss the spirit of the original. I much prefer our old classics to be technically updated. That way a new generation wakes up to the original without any creative tampering. Give me a coloured version of a classic than a remake any day. I just don't like remakes," she added.
Besides her, many learned sections of the film industry feel black-and-white classics shouldn't be tampered with.
"I wouldn't want to see coloured versions of Guru Dutt's Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam or Bimal Roy's Bandini or Sujata," said Gulzar.
However, Rituparno Ghosh, who made Dosor, one of the rare black-and-white Indian films in the era, feels every film has its own mood and colour.
He said: "You can't fill the colours of the rainbow into a summer sky."