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Pyaasa (1957)

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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mala Sinha ...
Meena
Guru Dutt ...
Vijay
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Gulabo
Rehman ...
Mr. Ghosh
Johnny Walker ...
Abdul Sattar
Kumkum ...
Juhi (as Kum Kum)
Leela Mishra ...
Vijay's Mother (as Leela Misra)
Shyam
Mehmood ...
Vijay's brother
Radheshyam
Tun Tun ...
Pushplata
Maya Dass
Moni Chatterjee ...
Chatterjee (as Moni Chatterji)
Ashita
Neel Kamal
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Storyline

Unemployed Vijay is the youngest in his family consisting of his widowed mom, and two brothers. His passion is poetry - frowned upon by his brothers - who want him to find gainful employment instead. Vijay's poems are quite radical in which he laments about the poor, the destitute, and the arrogance of the rich after the departure of the British from India. His efforts to get them published are in vain. He takes to drinking, gets in trouble with the law, is disowned by his brothers, ends up at a brothel and befriends a prostitute named Gulabo. Gulabo is sympathetic, listens to him as he pours his heart out, and decides to assist Vijay. Watch what happens when Gulabo approaches some of her affluent clientèle to assist Vijay and try and get his work published, without revealing that they are written by an alcoholic, disheveled, homeless man. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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19 February 1957 (India)  »

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Thirsty  »

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Trivia

Rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by the Time Magazine in 2005. See more »

Quotes

Vijay: Apne shauk ke liye pyaar karti hai aur apne aaram ke liye pyar bechti hai.
[Love, for her, is a hobby that she can barter for material pleasures]
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Referenced in Satin Sin B's a Movie on Cinema (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
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classic legendary Hindi movie
7 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the master piece of Guru Dutt. Its his own life story. In real life he fell in love with Wahida Rehman, but love was unsuccessful. This movie is based on his love story. Hero (Vijay) is a great poet, but people do not recognise him when he is live. But when he dies, people admire his work. Same thing happened to Guru Dutt in real life. His contribution to Hindi movie industry was not recognised by people, as his movies were not conventional, but revolutionary. After he died, people studied his work and he is now known as legend in Hindi cinema.

This is a must watch movie for Hindi movie livers. But please do not expect a typical third class Hindi movie story and songs.

You have to watch it if you want to admire it.


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