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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:

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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: Apne shauk ke liye pyaar karti hai aur apne aaram ke liye pyar bechti hai.
[Love, for her, is a hobby that she can barter for material pleasures]
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Referenced in Vanity Fair (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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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This film is the story of an educated unemployed youth who is also a poet and who feels the pinch of unemployment.
30 March 2005 | by hjakharSee all my reviews

This is an excellent movie which raises many important issues which include unemployment, prostitution in all its worst colours, the exploitation of writers by publishers, breaking family cords etc. Handling of these problems leaves an indelible effect on the viewer and the film tries to shake the souls of the viewers. The lyrics by Sahir Ludhianwi fit the situations and enhance the effect of the film as usual. Mohammad Rafi also sang the songs in his inimitable style of playback acting which is also adds a gem to the film. The level of acting is also very high and special mention has to be made of Waheeda Rahman, Guru Dutt and Rehman. The handling of important scenes keeps viewers glued to the screen till the end. Actually this is one of the best movies made in India.


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