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Pakeezah (1972)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ...
Shahabuddin
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Nargis / Sahibjaan
Raaj Kumar ...
Salim Ahmed Khan
Veena ...
Nawabjaan
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
Altaf
Praveen Paul ...
(as Parveen Paul)
Lotan
Chanda ...
(as Chanda Bai)
Meenakshi
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Storyline

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 <william.kennedy@spl.org>

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4 February 1972 (India)  »

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Pure Heart  »

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(DVD)

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kamal Amrohi acquired a Cinemascope lens from MGM on a royalty basis for shooting the film. However, he detected a focusing error in the rush prints that had been missed by the cameraman and even the UK lab team that processed the film. On hearing of this, MGM instructed its Indian subsidiary chief not to collect any more royalty and gave the lens to Amrohi as a gift. See more »

Quotes

Salim Ahmed Khan: Tonight, I will see those feet you planted in my heart, performing in front of everyone. Will I be able to look?
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Featured in Rêves de poussière (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Mausam Hai Aashiqana
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Ghulam Mohammed
Lyrics by Kamal Amrohi
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A parody of all the dreams you've ever had..........
11 April 2005 | by (Le Monde) – See all my reviews

Besides the fact that it was one of the few movies that I ever shed a tear over (bye-bye manhood), this is one of the most beautifully crafted Indian films that has ever been made. From the finely crafted sets, to those haunting looks Meena Kumari gives, no one can ever forget it. The music of Pakeezah is amazing, all the more if you can understand the sublime poetry, and is definitely one of those "OMG, 5 minutes another song" movies. You get the feeling of how trapped Sahibjaan is in among all the amazing jewelery she wears and fountained court yard she casually walks past.

A parody of all the dreams you've ever had..........


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