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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.

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... Meena
... Vijay
... Gulabo
... Mr. Ghosh
... Abdul Sattar
... Juhi (as Kum Kum)
... Vijay's Mother (as Leela Misra)
Shyam
... Vijay's brother
Radheshyam
... Pushplata
Maya Dass
Moni Chatterjee ... Chatterjee (as Moni Chatterji)
Ashita
Neel Kamal
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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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Rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by the Time Magazine in 2005. See more »

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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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Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye Toh Kya Hai
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
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Best cinema ever in Bollywood
8 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

This one is listed on Time's 25 top movies from around the globe . Everything in this movie is A grade starting from direction , acting , music , theme , story. But the thing that stands out unique and best is the amount of intensity and its ability to make audience feel that intensity . The whole movie goes on telling you a story about struggling poet. You are watching the movie and have an idea how it may end but only for last twenty minutes of movie. The last twenty minutes of movie are the strength of this classic flick. You may not be remembering the story when you get out but you will be feeling the thoughts emerging and revolving around the drama of last 20 minutes. And thats where the movie succeeds brilliantly. That much amount of theme with excellent dialogs and turnarounds, no one else has ever put in just twenty minutes of cinema. Definitely this is the best movie ever made in Indian cinema history and do not have any reasons with current bollywood trends , to believe that it won't remain best forever. I will say that this is a must watch for everyone who believes in quality cinema and does not want only entertainment. 10 on 10 points for this movie.


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