India's First 70 MM Film 'Around the World' Takes Indian Cinema Global

Cine-Ma: In 1967, Indian cinema witnessed a landmark moment with the release of "Around the World." This Hindi romantic comedy, directed and produced by Pachhi, wasn't just another love story. It was a technological marvel,

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In 1967, Indian cinema witnessed a landmark moment with the release of "Around the World." This Hindi romantic comedy, directed and produced by Pachhi, wasn't just another love story. It was a technological marvel, becoming the first Indian film to be shot and released in the grand 70mm widescreen format.

Five Thousand Rupees and a Dream

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The story follows the adventures of an Indian man (played by the legendary Raj Kapoor) who embarks on a global expedition with a mere five thousand rupees in his pocket. Romance blossoms along the way, with Rajshree and Ameeta playing the leading ladies. Accompanying them on this whirlwind journey are the comedic talents of Om Prakash and Mehmood.

A 70mm Rom-Com Adventure

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"Around the World" wasn't just about the destination; it was about the journey itself.  The expansive 70mm format allowed viewers to be transported to iconic locales around the world, offering a visual feast unlike anything Indian audiences had experienced before.  Imagine the thrill of seeing the bustling streets of London, the serene beauty of the Swiss Alps, or the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro, all on the silver screen in breathtaking detail.

Lights, Camera, and 'Around the World'

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The film also boasted a unique cameo by the legendary West Indies cricketer Sir Frank Worrell. This unexpected inclusion added a touch of international flair to the production.

Despite its groundbreaking format, "Around the World" had its detractors. Raj Kapoor himself, in a 1977 interview with India Today, expressed his dislike for the film, criticizing Pachhi's direction. He admitted to taking on the role purely for financial reasons, comparing his situation to Orson Welles, who "had to act in bad films to make good ones himself."

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 "Around the World" paved the way for future filmmakers to embrace widescreen technology and create visually stunning cinematic experiences.

Regardless of Kapoor's personal feelings, "Around the World" remains a significant chapter in Indian cinema history. It paved the way for future filmmakers to explore the vast possibilities of 70mm, offering audiences an unparalleled cinematic experience. The film serves as a testament to the constant evolution of Indian cinema and its willingness to embrace new technologies.

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