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Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Unrated | | Romance | 2 January 1959 (India)
Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.


Guru Dutt


Abrar Alvi (story), Abrar Alvi (dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Waheeda Rehman ... Shanti
Guru Dutt ... Suresh Sinha
Kumari Naaz ... Pramila Sinha (as Baby Naaz)
Johnny Walker ... Rocky
Mahesh Kaul Mahesh Kaul ... Rai Bahadur Verma
Veena ... Veena Varma / Veena Sinha
Minoo Mumtaz Minoo Mumtaz ... Veterinarian
Nilofer Nilofer ... (as Nilofer)
Ruby Mayer ... (as Sulochna Devi)
Sheela Vaz Sheela Vaz ... (as Sheila Vaz)
Vikram Kapoor Vikram Kapoor ... (as Bikram Kapoor)
Mehmood ... Suresh Sinha's brother
Mohan Choti
Munshi Munakka Munshi Munakka ... (as Munshi Munaqqa)
Haroon Haroon


A popular director recruits a new actress to work for his Movie. The popularity of the movie spills over to the already strained relationship between the Director and his in-law leading to ban in his access to his own daughter. Due to the emotional turmoils, the director falls from the height, while the actress who is now the queen of industry tries to bring him back into world. Written by Shahbaz Eqbal (shahbaz.nips@gmail.com)

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The movie is now considered as one of the best movie of Indian Cinema. This Classic was ahead of times in about 60 years back. At that time because of this movie Guru Dutt lost a lot of money. After this movie Guru Dutt stopped to direct movies and we loss great director. See more »


Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Sex & Melodrama (2011) See more »


Hum Tum Jise Kehta Hai Shaadi
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
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Work of a great team!
12 May 2007 | by indigshai-1See all my reviews

This is really a milestone in world cinema - not just Indian cinema. The story, the lyrics, songs, music, photography, editing and above all class act. Everyone has poured their heart in this film. This indeed is a poetry in form of a film. Though the topic is very depressing it but reflects reality from eyes of a defeatist, maybe the only flaw I see in the picture, and perhaps the reason why the film never saw a good box office record. However, it may have a lot to do with personal struggles of Guru Dutt at the time of making of this film. Only if the film had been about triumph of human struggle to overcome all odds, outcomes could have been different. A lot of credit is given to Guru Dutt alone, however I feel the classic nature of this film has a lot to do with contribution of everyone - the music is touching today as I suppose it might have been then. One who has never seen Wahida Rehman in younger days is dazed at her beauty and innocence. Guru Dutt himself looks rather handsome. Kaifi Azmi's lyrics are just inimitable. Photography is great - considering it was done in 50a. I came up with the DVD by chance and I'm now going to see more of Guru Dutt's work. I not for a moment want to deny Guru Dutt his share of glory, however one must also acknowledge other geniuses who made this movie a classic!

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