The World of Guru Dutt
(“The Thirsty One”)
Directed by Guru Dutt • 1957 • India
Starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha
Often cited as the crowning achievement of director Guru Dutt’s career—and as one of the greatest Indian films of all time—PYAASA stars Dutt as the talented but destitute poet Vijay, who experiences love, rejection, and betrayal as he struggles to have his work recognized. When he finally does achieve success, however, it comes at a terrible price. Masterfully incorporating poetic musical numbers and stunning camera work by V. K. Murthy, Dutt powerfully dramatizes the conflict between the idealism of the artist and the naked greed of capitalism.
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