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Pyaasa  (1957 - Hindi)

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  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 13 Jul 2009

    Meena stands in contrast to Gulabo, the prostitute. A liminal figure, an outcast, she becomes the marginalized hero's partner. In the last shot they walk away in a dim gray fog, entering a nowhereland, an unspecified space---an ending common to so many 1950s Hindi films. The film reclaims Gulabo as the hero's legitimate partner, a hooker with the proverbial golden heart. The first to recognize the worth of Vijay's iconoclastic poetry, she selflessly works on publishing it.

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 13 Jul 2009

    Meena has neither Parvati's( of Devdas) austerity nor firmness in love, nor is her decision driven by sacrifice or circumstances. Financial security drives her pragmatism. She lacks remorse and fears only that her domineering husband will discover her past. This justifies Vijay's misogynist aggression. Such male vindictiveness, presented as justifiable, is characterstic of so many films by Guru Dutt.

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 13 Jul 2009

    In "Pyasa" thr female figure locked in a loveless marriage, Meena (Mala Sinha) has an ex-lover, Vijay, who re-enters her life. Vijay is a recreation of the legendary, self-destructive "Devdas" figure introduced in Saratchandra Chatterjee's 1917 novel Devdas, and reformulated in the film as an iconoclast. Vijay spurns Meena along with the world. By choosing to marry a wealthy publisher instead of the poet-dreamer Vijay, Meena comes to represent the shallowness and hypocrisy of bourgeois world.

  • Square on the Hypotenuse
    Square on the Hypotenusewrote on 10 Jul 2009

    The original casting of Pyaasa was Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Madhubala. But both Nargis and Madhubala wanted the role of "Gulabo", which was finally went to Waheeda Rehman.

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