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

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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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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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Musical | Romance | Drama

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4 February 1972 (India)  »

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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

After the shooting stopped in 1964, after some time, one day sunil dutt and nargis dutt happened to watch the rushes of pakeezah, they like the film very much and they thought the film must be completed and relesased so the world to see. Sunil and Nargis Dutt tried to convince to Kamal amrohi and Meena kumari to come together for completing the masterpiece. They agreed. So Pakeezah was complited and released because of Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt. When the song ' mausam hai ashiqana ' was to be recorded at that time the music director Ghulam Mohammed was very ill and very weak, he could not go to record, a day before he requested Naushad to record it and he agreed, but the next day when the time to record approached Ghulam Mohamed was restless as he wanted to record the song himself, suddenly he got the streanth he got up from his bed set in the rikshaw and headed for the studio and got there in time to record the song, Naushad and everyone was supprised to see him, such dedication of. Ghulam Mohamed but he dint get award for pakeezah. See more »

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Salim Ahmed Khan: [in a note to Sahibjaan] Aapke paon dekhe, bahut haseen hai. / Inhe zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayenge.
[Saw your feet; they are very beautiful. / Don't place them on the ground, they will get dirty]
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Referenced in Because I Don't Lie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Teer-E-Nazar
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Ghulam Mohammed
Lyrics by Kaif Bhopali
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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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