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Pakeezah (1972)

The story of a prostitute, with a pure heart (PAKEEZAH), and grand dreams...

Director:

Kamal Amrohi

Writers:

Aman, Kamal Amrohi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ... Shahabuddin
Meena Kumari ... Nargis / Sahibjaan
Raaj Kumar ... Salim Ahmed Khan
Veena ... Nawabjaan
D.K. Sapru ... Hakim Saab (as Sapru)
Kamal Kapoor ... Nawab Zafar Ali Khan
Vijay Laxmi Vijay Laxmi
Jagdish Kanwal Jagdish Kanwal
Nadira ... Madame Gauhar Jaan
Pratima Devi Pratima Devi ... Salim's Badi Amma
Prakash Gill Prakash Gill ... Hashim Khan- Horse Rider
Altaf Altaf
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ... (as Parveen Paul)
Lotan Lotan
Chanda Chanda ... (as Chanda Bai)
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Storyline

A girl, whose mother dies of sorrow from her husband's family's rejection, grows up singing and dancing like her mother. She works as a dancing girl and is courted by a prince, but can think only of a man she has never met, who left her a message on the train. She dreams of him and cannot dance, becomes frightened and runs into the night Written by William Kennedy <william.kennedy@spl.org>

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Genres:

Musical | Romance | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Urdu

Release Date:

4 February 1972 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Pure Heart See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kamal Amrohi was told that he and his crew would receive a special award for this film - for a consideration. He flatly refused to "buy an award." See more »

Quotes

Nargis: [singing] A moonlit night is far batter than a night with hundreds of stars...
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Referenced in Bol (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Mora sajjan sautan ghar jaaei
Sung by Vani Jairam
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Meena Kumari at her best
16 August 2001 | by RajBSee all my reviews

Without question, this film has to be one of the greatest ........ in cinematic history. I have it watched too many times to remember, and each time it is like I am seeing the film for the first time.

Where does one begin?

Meena Kumari's central performance is undoubtedly one of the finest of her career, followed closely by Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam and Phool aur Pathar. Each movement and nuance of her performance, makes any other Bollywood heroine pale into significance. Her masterly interpretation of Kathak coupled with her grace, tragic vulnerability and poetic delivery of Urdhu, is like nothing ever seen on the bollywood screen.

Pakeezah is perhaps the most stylised interpretation of the human condition; the photography, sumptuous cinematography and mise en scene, are so charged with symbolism and meaning, that the viewer is left breathless.

Naushads music, is unsurpassed, his knowledge of the music of the courtesan gharanas is incredible, and the way in which he punctuates the narrative with dark atmospheric motifs and overwhelming romantic melodies is indeed remarkable.

My only advice to anyone who seriously enjoys the spectacle of total cinema, should watch this epic mediation on life and art.


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