The cult film that ensured the lasting reputation of Kamal Amrohi was the 1971 bix-office success, Pakeezah. The film had been launched in 1958, when Meena Kumari was still married to Amrohi. The production was interrupted on account of their divorce. Meena Kumari accepted, in 1971, just before her death, to return to the project. The great love story is, first and foremost, a homage to the poetic tradition of Indo-Muslim India, as expressed in music and dance, amongst the princely classes.