Pakeezah (1972)

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



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Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Motilal


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ...
Nargis / Sahibjaan
Raaj Kumar ...
Salim Ahmed Khan
Veena ...
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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During the making of the film, composer 'Ghulam Mohammed' and cinematographer Josef Wirsching died, leaving director Kamal Amrohi at a loss. Eventually, though, composer Naushad was brought in to compose the background score; and after Wirsching's death, over a dozen of Bombay's top cinematographers stepped in as/when they had a break from their other assignments, and they maintained an even look. 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 Because I Don't Lie (2001) See more »


Chalte Chalte
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Ghulam Mohammed
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Meena Kumari at her best
16 August 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Without question, this film has to be one of the greatest ........ in cinematic history. I have it watched too many times to remember, and each time it is like I am seeing the film for the first time.

Where does one begin?

Meena Kumari's central performance is undoubtedly one of the finest of her career, followed closely by Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam and Phool aur Pathar. Each movement and nuance of her performance, makes any other Bollywood heroine pale into significance. Her masterly interpretation of Kathak coupled with her grace, tragic vulnerability and poetic delivery of Urdhu, is like nothing ever seen on the bollywood screen.

Pakeezah is perhaps the most stylised interpretation of the human condition; the photography, sumptuous cinematography and mise en scene, are so charged with symbolism and meaning, that the viewer is left breathless.

Naushads music, is unsurpassed, his knowledge of the music of the courtesan gharanas is incredible, and the way in which he punctuates the narrative with dark atmospheric motifs and overwhelming romantic melodies is indeed remarkable.

My only advice to anyone who seriously enjoys the spectacle of total cinema, should watch this epic mediation on life and art.

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