Sunday, April 03, 2005


Was watching the movie 'Pyaasa' by Guru Dutt on Doordarshan today ...
A brilliant movie which focuses on the society's indifference towards a poet played by Guru Dutt himself. He is reduced to penury by certain circumstances after his brothers throw him out of his house.
Its only after he is mistaken to be dead that his poems are published and he becomes a sensation.
He actually has survived and escapes a suicide attempt. Later he is put into an asylum for claiming that he is the poet whose poems have now become famous. Then everyone first avoids him as they will have to share the profits from the published works. Then everyone starts claiming that he is the true poet and they are his friends and relatives so that they can now share the riches.
Though sometimes appearing fatalistic the movie, has songs and sequences replete with theme of the exploitation of women and the rampant poverty in our country.


The songs are marvelous, and Waheeda Rehman and Mala Sinha play out their roles well.
Jane kya tune kahi, jane kya maine suni
Jane who kaise log the jisne
Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye to ka hai – the tragic song is a masterpiece by Mohammed Rafi.
The comedy song Sar jo tera chakraye ya dil dooba jaye ebacted by Johny Walker.

A movie that was released in the same year as Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali'.
Doordarshan is showing the classics on sundays - dont miss the movie 'Kaagaz ke Phool' next sunday at about 12 pm.

Apart from the current directors alive the three main world acclaimed Indian film directors were : Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt, and Ritwik Ghatak ...


  1. Doordarshan is great in some ways. I like gurudutt's style of direction. It is subtle and poetic. My favourite song from the movie pyaasa is "Jaane woh kaise log the jinke".

  2. Gurudutt's movies are poetic yes but quite stark in portraying what it wants to - though the dark backgrounds etc are stunning. I loved the 'Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai' - very very tragic song ... Very emotional.
    About Doordarshan I always thought so ...