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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

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)  »

Also Known As:

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

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 »

Quotes

Hakim Saab: Jo log doodh se jal jate hain woh chhas bhi phoonk phoonk kar peete hain.
[Those who get burnt by milk blow into buttermilk too before drinking it]
Salim Ahmed Khan: Afsos, log doodh se bhi jal jate hain.
[Alas, people get burnt by milk too]
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Referenced in Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Tanhai sunaya karti hai kuchh beetay dinaun ka afsana
Sung by Lata
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A Must See
20 July 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

The concubine Sahibjaan (Meena Kumari) is the toast of the town, but she secretly dreams of a life away from the brothel, with a man she never met, but who wrote an ode to her feet while she lay sleeping in a train compartment (I kid you not!).

Now here's an epic that has everything an epic needs to have: fantastic sets, great romance, fine songs, beautiful sunsets, elephant-stampedes and plenty of foot-fetishism (okay, that last one isn't strictly necessary, but it's a nice bonus).

Pakheezah is a glorious, sumptuous, cruel and twisted fairy-tale.

***1/2


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