The story of a prostitute, with a pure heart (PAKEEZAH), and grand dreams...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nargis / Sahibjaan
Salim Ahmed Khan
D.K. Sapru ...
Hakim Saab (as Sapru)
Kamal Kapoor ...
Nawab Zafar Ali Khan
Vijay Laxmi
Jagdish Kanwal
Nadira ...
Madame Gauhar Jaan
Pratima Devi ...
Salim's Badi Amma
Praveen Paul ...
(as Parveen Paul)
Chanda ...
(as Chanda Bai)


A girl, whose mother dies of sorrow from her husband's family's rejection, grows up singing and dancing like her mother. She works as a dancing girl and is courted by a prince, but can think only of a man she has never met, who left her a message on the train. She dreams of him and cannot dance, becomes frightened and runs into the night Written by William Kennedy <>

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Musical | Romance | Drama





Release Date:

4 February 1972 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Pure Heart  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It took 14 years for this film to be completed. To begin with, the film was launched in 1958, jointly planned by Kamal Amrohi and 'Meena Kumari'. It was launched in black-and-white, but when colour came in vogue, Amrohi scrapped those portions already shot and decided to start again. Later, Cinemascope came into vogue, and Amrohi acquired a Cinemascope lens from MGM and scrapped the plain colour portions too. Then Amrohi and Kumari separated in 1964, bringing filming to an indefinite halt. Finally, the film was resumed in 1968, and though by then Kumari was suffering from alcoholism and was in critical condition, she was still Amrohi's only choice and she agreed to complete the film. See more »


Salim Ahmed Khan: This mansion is built on quicksand out of fog - it cannot give refuge to anyone.
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Referenced in East Is East (1999) See more »


Thaarey rahiyo O' baankey yaar
Sung by Lata
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watch this one over and over again
20 September 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is definitely one of the best movies I've ever seen-- it has everything-- a genuinely touching screenplay, fine actors that make subtlety a beautiful art to watch, an actually elegant romance (it's a shame that that kind of romance just doesn't seem to exist anymore), lovely songs and lyrics (especially the final song), an artistic score, and costumes and sets that make you want to live in them. The ending was only a disappointment in that I was expecting a spectacular film to have a brilliant end-- but it was still more wonderful then the vast majority of movies out there. Definitely check this movie out-- over and over again. There are many details you miss the first time that deserve a second look.

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