Pyaasa (1957)

Guru Dutt’s classic, set in post-independence Kolkata (then Calcutta), tells of a young poet’s ambition.

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  • The Thirsty One Alternative
  • Eternal Thirst Alternative


Stark black and white cinematography powerfully evokes the antagonistic forces at work in this classic melodrama.

Set in post-Independence Calcutta, it tells the story of Vijay (Dutt), an unemployed young man striving to be a published poet and whose potential for success hangs on a twist of fate.

Waheeda Rehman’s emerging talent is showcased in the role of his loyal friend, Gulabo, a pairing which contributed to the film’s commercial success.

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