At times some valuable things are found only after we're gone. No one would have expected that there would be another release of late Joy Mukherjee's movie. A 40-year-old classic film called Love in Bombay made by Mukherjee in 1973 will be released on August 2, 2013. The negative of the film was found by Joy's children in Fazal Bhoy cold storage at Worli. They got it digitally restored and decided to showcase their father's last work. Joy passed away last year on March 9 at the age of 73.
Love in Bombay was part of the Love in trilogy but remained unreleased until now. The series started with Joy debuting with the blockbuster hit Love in Simla in 1960, followed by the golden jubilee hit Love in Tokyo in 1966. Joy not only made the movie but is also the lead actor of the film opposite Waheeda Rehman.
The film is being released nationally by PVR Director's Rare. The supporting cast includes yesteryear's biggest names like Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Rehman while the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
Joy's family is grateful that the current generation can watch his work. "We are really touched by PVR Director Rare's gesture to release the film. They are giving today's young generation a chance to enjoy my husband's classic work. I'm sure they will appreciate his cinema and the same will create nostalgia for those who have seen his work before. I would also like to appreciate the unrelenting effort that was put by Avitel Post Studio in restoring the film's negative," said Neelam Mukherjee, Joy's wife.
The movie is an adventurous romantic tale that revolves around an innocent young man who meets an arrogant city girl on a ship. "We are extremely pleased to announce the release of late Joy Mukherjee's Love in Bombay through PVR Director's Rare. By providing a platform which renders it possible for the film to see the light of day, we pay our respects to the celebrated visionary that Joy Mukherjee was," said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director of PVR Ltd.