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Pyaasa (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 19 February 1957 (India)
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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.

Director:

Guru Dutt

Writers:

Abrar Alvi (dialogues), François-Xavier Durandy (French adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mala Sinha ... Meena
Guru Dutt ... Vijay
Waheeda Rehman ... Gulabo
Rehman ... Mr. Ghosh
Johnny Walker ... Abdul Sattar
Kumkum ... Juhi (as Kum Kum)
Leela Mishra ... Vijay's Mother (as Leela Misra)
Shyam Shyam
Mehmood ... Vijay's brother
Radheshyam Radheshyam
Tun Tun ... Pushplata
Maya Dass Maya Dass
Moni Chatterjee Moni Chatterjee ... Chatterjee (as Moni Chatterji)
Ashita Ashita
Neel Kamal Neel Kamal
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Storyline

Unemployed Vijay is the youngest in his family consisting of his widowed mom, and two brothers. His passion is poetry - frowned upon by his brothers - who want him to find gainful employment instead. Vijay's poems are quite radical in which he laments about the poor, the destitute, and the arrogance of the rich after the departure of the British from India. His efforts to get them published are in vain. He takes to drinking, gets in trouble with the law, is disowned by his brothers, ends up at a brothel and befriends a prostitute named Gulabo. Gulabo is sympathetic, listens to him as he pours his heart out, and decides to assist Vijay. Watch what happens when Gulabo approaches some of her affluent clientèle to assist Vijay and try and get his work published, without revealing that they are written by an alcoholic, disheveled, homeless man. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

19 February 1957 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirsty See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by the Time Magazine in 2005. See more »

Quotes

Vijay: Jab hum chalein toh saaya bhi apna na saath de; jab tum chalo toh zameen chale, aasmaan chale! Jab hum rukein, saath ruke shaam-e-beqasi; jab tum ruko, bahaar ruke, chandni ruke!
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Soundtracks

Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Laga Lo
Sung by Geeta Dutt
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
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One of the best musicals I've ever seen
30 April 2009 | by Jag85See all my reviews

A musical melodrama from the Hindi film industry of Bombay, now popularly known as "Bollywood", although it wasn't called that back then. Well this movie is certainly a lot better than any of the more recent "Bollywood" musicals I've seen, and it's probably even one of the best musicals I've ever seen from anywhere. What really stands out in Pyaasa in particular is how the music is often used to express serious themes and social critiques, which is something I've rarely ever seen in a musical. The ending was also quite unexpected and very moving. The last few scenes and dialogues in particular were powerful and had a lot of meaning to them.

The star of the show here is Guru Dutt, who was not only the director and producer, but also starred in the film as the protagonist Vijay (a struggling poet from the slums), comparable to the versatility of Orson Welles in Citizen Kane. The two main actresses in the film, Mala Sinha as the married ex-girlfriend Meena and especially Waheeda Rehman as the prostitute Gulabo, were also impressive. In some ways, the story has some similarities to that of Moulin Rouge! (2001) but even better than that in my opinion. The music by S. D. Burman and his son R. D. Burman also has a timeless feel to it. I would highly recommend this movie to musical fans, or even if one is not a musical fan, I still think it's worth checking out.

9/10


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