Pyaasa (1957)



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Pyaasa is a story of a struggling poet, trying to make his works known in post-independence India, and a prostitute with a heart of gold who eventually helps him get his poems published. Pyaasa is produced, directed and starred by Guru Dutt.


Critic Reviews for Pyaasa

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The final third of this 1957 Indian musical is convoluted but also moving, as dramatic compositions heighten the narrative conflict between artistic idealism and an avaricious society.

Apr 11, 2015 | Full Review…

This heart-rending masala is a solemn meditation on the impossibility of poetry in a cruel world and it marked a distinct change in tone for actor/director Guru Dutt.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Masterfully manages to let us know in a meaningful way the timeless message of how cruelly the world treats its true artists.

Jun 4, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[VIDEO] "Pyaasa" set a high watermark for Guru Dutt, and left the world with a pure tour de force of Bollywood cinema.

Nov 9, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

A moving mixture of Bollywood song and dance, plus Christ parable

Sep 29, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pyaasa


all i can say is this is as good if not better than any hollywood musical of the period. guru dutt was a true auteur of vision. too bad he died so young

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I am no expert on the history of Bollywood, but my guess is that this must be one of the original Bollywood "musicals." This really deserves a Criterion restoration as an historically significant film in its genre. I was very disappointed that the musical numbers had no captions, but it is a good story, well acted, and should be restored with a healthy dose of TLC.

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