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Pyaasa - Movie Review

26 March 2010 9:16 AM, PDT | The Bollywood Ticket | See recent The Bollywood Ticket news »

'Pyaasa' (1957)

Starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha

Guru Dutt—an Indian actor, director, and producer from the golden age of Hindi cinema in the 1950s—was a matinee idol who became one of the greatest filmmakers in history. A luminary artist in the commercial industry of Bollywood, he's often called "the Orson Welles of India." He's revered in his home country and has a huge cult following among film buffs around the world. His masterpiece 'Pyaasa,' which he directed and starred in, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 best films of all time.

The title means "thirst," and it's one of many allusions in the film to the crucifixion of Christ—the story's overarching metaphor—a dramatically grandiose one and certainly unusual in a Hindi film. Dutt's character, Vijay, a starving poet, is the persecuted martyr and art is his religion. He's »

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I knew India and its clothes inside out: Bhanu Athaiya

22 February 2010 12:28 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

The ever elegant Helen swaying to "Oh Haseena" in black and red, Meena Kumari draped in yards of silk exuding sensuality in "Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam" and oomph girl Zeenat Aman in a transparent sari under a waterfall. The woman behind all these looks is Bhanu Rajopadhye Athaiya, India's first Oscar winner, who says she knows "India and its clothes inside out".Athaiya, who walked away with an Oscar for "Gandhi", remembers yesteryears' screen siren Helen with fondness as she looks back at the many decades of dressing Indian stars."Helen was nimble-footed and graceful - almost like a bird taking flight. There was a slight hint of bareness, but it never crossed the limit. Although she played the vamp, she never looked a bad vamp," Athaiya told Ians."Invariably, she would wear fitting bodices to show off her »

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