Film-making is inclusive of various stages. Some of which are conceiving an initial idea, story, screenwriting, casting, shooting, sound recording, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience. Given that there are so many stages, the process involves a huge number of technicians. Plus, it can be time-consuming. Typically, a film can also take from a few months to several years to complete depending on various elements like the availability of funds or the filmmakers' dedication to detail.
We all know that immediacy has tremendous currency and projects that survive a long gestation are rare. However, there have been a few projects throughout history that broke that notion to create waves.
Here are five such movies that may have taken forever to make, but still turned out brilliant:
This K. Asif film released in 1960. However, it was conceived way back in 1944. Chandra Mohan, who was the original choice for the iconic role of Salim, which Dilip Kumar played, passed away in 1949. Due to this, the movie had to be reshot.
The magnum opus, Mughal-e-Azam, remained in production for about nine years. This happened for various reasons. One, because it had lost a financer and two, on the account of its sheer scale and logistics.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The script of Apocalypse Now had been held up for six years for the want of a director and production house.
The film took three years to finish as opposed to the estimated 14 weeks. During this time, Coppola had to deal with the weather conditions in the Philippines, a ballooning budget, one actor's health care and another's mood swings.
Pakeezah was launched in by director Kamal Amrohi and his wife Meena Kumari (also the lead) in 1958, but only made it to the theatres in 1972.
In 1964, Amrohi and Meena Kumari had separated and it was only four years later that filming was resumed. By then, however, the actress was battling alcoholism. Due to her condition, a body double had to be used to film various dance sequences
Also, portions of the film were shot in black and white and had to be redone in color, keeping with the changing technology.
After the film's German cinematographer Josef Wirsching had passed away, many industry technicians started chipping in to finish the project. The composer of the film, Ghulam Mohammed, too, didn't not live to the end of the movie. His place was taken by Naushad Ali.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Speilberg read Thomas Keneally’s novel Schindler’s Ark back in 1980. Thereafter, he went on to buy the movie rights. However, the director had to wait for ten years to make the film because he thought he was not quite prepared to tell a Holocaust story.
Bajirao Masatani (2015)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Bajirao Mastani was stuck in development for over 12 years. He, of course, wanted to start working on it right after he completed Devdas (2002) but that did not happen.