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Pyaasa (1957)






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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 prostitute named Gulabo. Gulabo is sympathetic, listens to him as he pours his heart out, and decides to assist Vijay. 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 manmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
On DVD: Aug 24, 1999

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Critic Reviews for Pyaasa

All Critics (4) | 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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 4, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | November 9, 2011

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2009

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

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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