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Bollywood Film Night: Pyasa (The Thirsty One) (1957)

Pyaasa (Hindi: प्यासा Pyāsā, Urdu: پیاسا, "Thirsty") is a 1957 Indian film, produced and directed by Guru Dutt, written by Abrar Alvi, and starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, and Mala Sinha. Set in Calcutta, West Bengal, the film tells the story of Vijay, a struggling poet trying to make his works known in newly post-independent India and Gulabo, a prostitute who falls in love with him and tries to get his poems published. The music was composed by S.D. Burman. The poetry of the film songs were written by Sahir Ludhianvi.

The version being screened at Davidson is the newly restored digital print.

Pyasa has been digitised and restored by Mumbai-based Ultra Media and Entertainment. As per the report, the original camera negative had come to them from the archives completely melted, with parts damaged or lost. After several clean-ups, they managed to retrieve the actual content from the original camera negative. The original monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the 35 mm optical soundtrack. The company sent it to the 72nd Venice International Film Festival held in 2015, where it was selected to be screened as part of the Venice Classics section.


Chambers Hance Auditorium (CHAM-4121)

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