'+ Special Introduction
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Guru Dutt, India, 138mins, 1957
Guru Dutts poignant, romantic masterpiece is an immortal classic from the golden age of Hindi cinema.
Set in Post independence Calcutta (now Kolkata), Pyaasa tells the story of Vijay, an unemployed poet who strives for his work to be published as only a few appreciate his endeavors – his mother and Gulab, a young prostitute who he befriends and becomes his muse. But after he is mistakenly believed killed in an accident and his reputation soars, he sees that success may hand only on a twist of fate.
‘More than 50 years later, Pyaasa continues to remain a formidable work of cinema that presents the art of filmmaking at its finest.’
Screened as part of the BFI India on Film project with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Independent Cinema Office and Into Film.