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Release Date:
19 February 1957 (India) See more »
A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mala Sinha ... Meena

Guru Dutt ... Vijay

Waheeda Rehman ... Gulabo
Rehman ... Mr. Ghosh

Johnny Walker ... Abdul Sattar

Kumkum ... Juhi (as Kum Kum)
Leela Mishra ... Vijay's Mother (as Leela Misra)
Mehmood ... Vijay's brother
Tun Tun ... Pushplata
Maya Dass
Moni Chatterjee ... Chatterjee (as Moni Chatterji)
Neel Kamal
Mohan Sandow
Rajendra (as Rajendar)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tulsi Chakraborty

Directed by
Guru Dutt 
Writing credits
Abrar Alvi (dialogues)

Produced by
Guru Dutt .... producer
Original Music by
Sachin Dev Burman  (as S.D. Burman)
Cinematography by
V.K. Murthy (photography) (as V.K.Murthy)
Film Editing by
Y.G. Chawhan  (as Y.G.Chawhan)
Art Direction by
Biren Nag  (as Biren Naag)
Costume Design by
Bhanu Athaiya  (as Bhanu Mati)
Makeup Department
P. Baburao .... makeup artist (as Babu Rao)
Jayant .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
S. Guruswami .... production incharge (as S. Guru Swamy)
G.L. Kashmiri .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shyam Kapoor .... assistant director (as Shyam)
Niranjan .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
M.D. Moses .... assistant camera (as Moses)
K.G. Prabhakar .... assistant camera (as Prabhakar)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ramlal Maheswari .... costumes assistant (as Ramlal)
Editorial Department
E.G. Shinde .... assistant editor (as Shinde)
Music Department
Mukul Bose .... song recordist
Geeta Dutt .... playback artiste
Suhrid Kar .... music assistant (as Suhrit Kar)
Sahir Ludhianvi .... lyrics
Hemanta Mukherjee .... playback artiste (as Hemant Kumar)
Mohammad Rafi .... playback artiste (as Mohd. Rafi)
Other crew
Surya Kumar .... dances
G.R. Narveker .... processing (as G.R.Narveker)
Gyan Mukherjee .... in the fond memory of (as Late Shri Gyan Mukherjee)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Thirsty" - USA (informal title)
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146 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
India:U | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1989) (2002)

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Has been recently restored.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Desi (2001)See more »
Jaane Kya Tu Ne Kahi, Jaane Kya Maine SuniSee more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Simply Superb, 2 September 2006
Author: maxqnzs42 from Te Ika a Maui, Aotearoa

Hindi cinema cops a lot of flak for its escapist fluff, and rightly so, when it churns out drek like MPKK, HSSH and HTHS with depressing frequency. It was, however, not always so. Pyaasa reminds us that the Golden Age of Hindi cinema was just that, truly golden. There is almost nothing at all to fault with this gem. I'm listening to Sar Jo Tera Chakraye while I type this, but the whole soundtrack is outstanding, and the story, both in design and execution is a great demonstration of the fact that commercial cinema _can_ be fine art, too.

The evocation of atmosphere is well-done, and the main characters are well drawn. Johnny Walker is, as always, excellent in the comic relief. Some have said that they found him an intrusion, but for me, this very un-comic movie benefited from a little lightening touch from the inimitable Johhny. Subhaan Alaah that it wasn't Johnny Lever!

I love every song in the soundtrack, and think that it is the best soundtrack from any of the 320 or so Hindi films I've seen. It is, in my opinion, rare to find a Hindi film in which the songs work very well both in the film AND on their own. Sometimes, there are boring films with great songs, like Swades, and sometimes there are unremarkable songs that work well inside the film, like Dhadak Dhadak from "Bunty aur Babli". In Pyaasa though, every song fits AND every song survives apart from its context in the film.

However, the clincher for me the ending. There are maybe three or four Hindi films I've seen with almost perfect endings, in terms of being right for the film. I would say that they are, Dil Se (breathtaking and brave, but absolutely right for that film), Page 3 (the 21st century Pyaasa in its storyline, to me) and at the top of the heap, Pyaasa. The fade out to Yeh Duniya Agar is utterly perfect. I love this film to bits, and it was the ending that sealed it for me.

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