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Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

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.

Director:

Guru Dutt

Writers:

Abrar Alvi (story), Abrar Alvi (dialogue)
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Cast

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 Mohan Choti
Munshi Munakka Munshi Munakka ... (as Munshi Munaqqa)
Haroon Haroon
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

2 January 1959 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Flores de Papel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was India's second widescreen film; it used the CinemaScope process. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Hum Tum Jise Kehta Hai Shaadi
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
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devastating
22 August 2002 | by nirav-3See all my reviews

"Kaagaz ke Phool" (Paper Flowers) is an agonizing, self-reflexive look at a filmmaker who, because of martial, societal and economic pressures dissolves into alchoholism. It's a common theme among Indian movies, but in this film, there's autobiography to back it up. From what I understand, the course of this film paralells Guru Dutt's life who died by his own hand.

Geeta Gutt and Mohammad Rafi sing on the soundtrack penned by S.D. Burman, which is wonderful as can be expected considering the people involved (and, if anyone has a lead on where I can find it on lp or cd, be in touch!) The movie is beautifully shot, and the play of light on Guru Dutt's face (he acts in the lead role, as well as directing) as he enters an alchoholic stupor will bring a grown man to tears (I've seen it happen.)

There's more misery and abjection here this side of Fassbinder or Jerry Lewis, so this is perfect for a cold, rainy, lonely evening.


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