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Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Shanti
Guru Dutt ...
Suresh Sinha
Kumari Naaz ...
Pramila Sinha (as Baby Naaz)
Johnny Walker ...
Rocky
Mahesh Kaul ...
Rai Bahadur Verma
Veena ...
Veena Varma / Veena Sinha
Minoo Mumtaz ...
Veterinarian
Nilofar ...
(as Nilofer)
Ruby Mayer ...
(as Sulochna Devi)
Sheela Vaz ...
(as Sheila Vaz)
Vikram Kapoor ...
(as Bikram Kapoor)
Mehmood ...
Suresh Sinha's brother
Mohan Choti
Munshi Munakka ...
(as Munshi Munaqqa)
Haroon
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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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2 January 1959 (India)  »

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Flores de Papel  »

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The melody of the song "Hum Tum Jise Kehta Hain Shaadi" was inspired by "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will be Will Be)," which was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans and appeared in the film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). See more »

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Referenced in Reaching the Top (1971) See more »

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Ek Do Teen Chaar Aur Paanch
Sung by Geeta Dutt
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
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devastating
22 August 2002 | by (Melbourne, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Kaagaz ke Phool" (Paper Flowers) is an agonizing, self-reflexive look at a filmmaker who, because of martial, societal and economic pressures dissolves into alchoholism. It's a common theme among Indian movies, but in this film, there's autobiography to back it up. From what I understand, the course of this film paralells Guru Dutt's life who died by his own hand.

Geeta Gutt and Mohammad Rafi sing on the soundtrack penned by S.D. Burman, which is wonderful as can be expected considering the people involved (and, if anyone has a lead on where I can find it on lp or cd, be in touch!) The movie is beautifully shot, and the play of light on Guru Dutt's face (he acts in the lead role, as well as directing) as he enters an alchoholic stupor will bring a grown man to tears (I've seen it happen.)

There's more misery and abjection here this side of Fassbinder or Jerry Lewis, so this is perfect for a cold, rainy, lonely evening.


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