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