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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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4 February 1972 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Pure Heart  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1958, Ashok Kumar had signed on to play the role of Salim, who was to be a businessman. When filming was resumed in 1968, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt were considered for the role. When Raaj Kumar accepted the role, it was modified from a businessman to a forest ranger to match Kumar's rugged build. Ashok Kumar was still on, though now he was to play Hakim Saab; but he instead played Shahabuddin, while Hakim Saab was played by D.K. Sapru. See more »

Quotes

Salim Ahmed Khan: This mansion is built on quicksand out of fog - it cannot give refuge to anyone.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Mausam Hai Aashiqana
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Ghulam Mohammed
Lyrics by Kamal Amrohi
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A parody of all the dreams you've ever had..........
11 April 2005 | by (Le Monde) – See all my reviews

Besides the fact that it was one of the few movies that I ever shed a tear over (bye-bye manhood), this is one of the most beautifully crafted Indian films that has ever been made. From the finely crafted sets, to those haunting looks Meena Kumari gives, no one can ever forget it. The music of Pakeezah is amazing, all the more if you can understand the sublime poetry, and is definitely one of those "OMG, 5 minutes another song" movies. You get the feeling of how trapped Sahibjaan is in among all the amazing jewelery she wears and fountained court yard she casually walks past.

A parody of all the dreams you've ever had..........


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