Pyaasa (1957 - Hindi)
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Pyaasa synopsis (Story)
Vijay (Guru Dutt) is an unsuccessful poet. His works are not considered seriously by publishers or his brothers, who even sell his poems as waste paper to a ragseller. His day begins with knocking on the doors of publishing houses or newspapers circulating his poems or ‘nazams’, in a hope that some day the world would want to read what he has to say. Unable to bear their taunting at him being a good for nothing, he stays away from home often out on the streets, sleeping on a park bench with his notebook or when he is lucky, manages to get shelter at a friend’s place. Vijay has left ...
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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.
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.
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Also spelt like: Pyaasaa, Pyasa, Pyasaa