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Pyaasa (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 19 February 1957 (India)
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:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

19 February 1957 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirsty See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Guru Dutt Films Pvt. Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Jaane Kya Tu Ne Kahi, Jaane Kya Maine Suni
Sung by Geeta Dutt
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
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classic legendary Hindi movie
7 April 2007 | by ramta jogiSee all my reviews

This is one of the master piece of Guru Dutt. Its his own life story. In real life he fell in love with Wahida Rehman, but love was unsuccessful. This movie is based on his love story. Hero (Vijay) is a great poet, but people do not recognise him when he is live. But when he dies, people admire his work. Same thing happened to Guru Dutt in real life. His contribution to Hindi movie industry was not recognised by people, as his movies were not conventional, but revolutionary. After he died, people studied his work and he is now known as legend in Hindi cinema.

This is a must watch movie for Hindi movie livers. But please do not expect a typical third class Hindi movie story and songs.

You have to watch it if you want to admire it.


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