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Pakeezah (1972)

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

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Nargis / Sahibjaan
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Salim Ahmed Khan
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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 ...
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Lotan
Chanda ...
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Meenakshi
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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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Waheeda Rehman paid a brief visit to Meena Kumari on the sets. See more »

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[singing]
Salim Ahmed Khan: Come, my love, come, / let us soar beyond the moon...
Sahibjaan: I am ready, / let us go...
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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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