Pyaasa (1957)

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Pyaasa a 1957 Guru Dutt’s film is one of his successful movie and rated as one of the best 100 films of all-time by Time Magazine, which called it “the soulfully romantic of the lot.”Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.It tells the story of struggling poet, Vijay (Guru Dutt), trying to make his works known in post-independence India.The music was composed by S.D. Burman.

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 good-hearted prostitute named Gulabo (Waheeda Rehman) who is enamoured with his poetry and falls in love with him.

Gulabo is sympathetic, listens to him as he pours his heart out, and decides to assist Vijay.In his way he also encounters his ex-girlfriend Meena (Mala Sinha) from college and finds out that she is married to a big publisher Mr. Ghosh (Rehman) for financial security, who hires him as a servant to find out more about him and Meena.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..

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