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Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Shanti
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Suresh Sinha
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Pramila Sinha (as Baby Naaz)
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Rocky
Mahesh Kaul ...
Rai Bahadur Verma
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Veena Varma / Veena Sinha
Minoo Mumtaz ...
Veterinarian
Nilofar ...
(as Nilofer)
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(as Sulochna Devi)
Sheela Vaz ...
(as Sheila Vaz)
Vikram Kapoor ...
(as Bikram Kapoor)
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Suresh Sinha's brother
Mohan Choti
Munshi Munakka ...
(as Munshi Munaqqa)
Haroon
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Storyline

A popular director recruits a new actress to work for his Movie. The popularity of the movie spills over to the already strained relationship between the Director and his in-law leading to ban in his access to his own daughter. Due to the emotional turmoils, the director falls from the height, while the actress who is now the queen of industry tries to bring him back into world. Written by Shahbaz Eqbal (shahbaz.nips@gmail.com)

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Musical | Romance

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2 January 1959 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Flores de Papel  »

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2.35 : 1
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Guru dutt last directed film. See more »

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Referenced in Love Aaj Kal (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

San San San Jo Chali Hawa
Sung by Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra & chorus
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
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Surprising Bollywood Movie
4 August 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I never associated Bollywood with introspective, semi-autobiographical tragedies, but here we are: writer-director-star Guru Dutt plays Suresh Singh, a highly successful movie-director who discovers a new star Shanti (Waheeda Rehman). The two fall in love but when he loses a custody battle with his estranged wife over his daughter, Suresh slides down a self-destructive path.

A movie like Kaagaz Ke Phool shows how wrong the stereotyped view of Bollywood-movies, as cheesy, badly made opiate for a backward people, really is. This is a highly intelligent, deeply personal movie with strong performances, assured visual direction, great cinematography and beautiful songs. It's not perfect: it drags somewhat in the middle and the broad comic relief feels out of place, but this movie about movies that can hold its own against any version of A Star is Born.

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