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Film Review: Pyaasa

Pyaasa is justly lauded as a masterpiece of 1950s India cinema. It’s a fantastic film whose melancholy twists and turns make for a refreshingly individual film.

Written, produced, directed and staring Guru Dutt, the 1957 film was his follow-up to the commercial success that was Mr & Mrs ’55 and he used the rewards from that film to make a darker counterpart.

Pyaasa sees Dutt play an unemployed poet and, following his unemployed newspaper cartoonist in Mr & Mrs ’55, you’d be forgiven for thinking Pyaasa was set to follow its predecessor’s pleasingly familiar story arc. Continue reading

Film Review: Mr & Mrs ’55 and Mahal

Mr & Mrs '55

An unusual twist on ‘boy meets girl’, Mr & Mrs ’55 is more ‘boy meets girl, boy paid to marry girl, boy loses girl, girl loses boy, boy and girl reconciled’.

The film is directed by Guru Dutt, who cast himself to star as the unemployed cartoonist Preetam Kumar alongside Madhubala’s young heiress Anita.

The plot sees Preetam contracted by Anita’s feminist aunt Sita Devi to marry Anita, thus saving her inheritance, but only on the understanding he will divorce Anita when asked to. Continue reading