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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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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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

The film was to be made with Nargis and Madhubala in the roles Mala Sinha and Waheeda Rehman played eventually. However the two actresses were unable to decide which role they wanted to play and Guru Dutt eventually opted for two then new actresses, Mala and Waheeda. 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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Referenced in Satin Sin B's a Movie on Cinema (2009) See more »

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 greatest Indian Classics.
19 December 2000 | by Shailesh-2See all my reviews

In search of a little selfless love a poet struggles to make it trough this cruel world.

In this world there is nothing such as true love and everything can be bought with money and power. The lead character of this movie does not realize this and when he does eventually, he still does not want to accept the fact which leaves him no choice but to go in exile.

Of all the Hindi movies made to date, this one came closest to the painful realities life. A MUST SEE GURU DUTT FILM.


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