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 ...
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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Did You Know?


When the film was resumed in 1968, several financiers asked Kamal Amrohi to replace the music with slightly trendier music. Amrohi said that he would have agreed, had 'Ghulam Mohammed' lived on, but he could not betray a dead man who had given him twelve beautiful songs. In keeping with the times, though, he kept only six songs in the film. See more »


Salim Ahmed Khan: Come, my love, come, / let us soar beyond the moon...
Sahibjaan: I am ready, / let us go...
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Referenced in Bol (2011) See more »


Inhee lougon ne lay leina dopatta mera
Sung by Lata
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A truly astonishing film dazzling in its complexity and depth of emotion.
13 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Pakeezah is in my mind the greatest achievement of Indian cinema. The film is visually overwhelming but also emotionally breathtaking. The music, the songs, the sets, the costumes, the cinematography, in fact every creative element is worthy of superlatives.

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