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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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dance | brothel | train | prostitute | qur'an | See more »

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Musical | Romance | Drama

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Release Date:

4 February 1972 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Pure Heart  »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to some problems, Nadira quit the film. At this, Kamal Amrohi sat down and wrote a line of dialog that created a new character, which was taken by Veena. 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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Connections

Referenced in Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Teer-E-Nazar
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Ghulam Mohammed
Lyrics by Kaif Bhopali
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The best Indian film this millennium
17 December 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A great film requiring an acquired taste. If you're into action, wham bam films and hate serious love stories then its not for you. Otherwise, if you like to sit in front of a good intelligent movie now and again I recommend this very highly. Easily the best film produced in Bollywood this century.

The only other Indian film I would give 10/10 for is Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Even then it comes second to this masterpiece.


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