Monday, June 06, 2005

Pyaasa in All Time 100 Movies

Guru Dutt's Pyaasa is one of my most favourite Hindi movies, along with his Kaaghaz ke Phool and Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam. Now The Time has included Pyaasa in its list of All Time 100 Movies. I am so gald. Finally, the movie is being acknowledged and feted in the West. The story of an unpublished poet and failed lover whose work achieves fames and acclaim after his being presumed dead is one of the most moving tales told on the celluloid. Nihilistically, Dutt declares in the movie: Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai... (So what if I become materially successful in this world...)

Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy also makes it to the list. That is not surprising. Surprising is the inclusion of Mani Rathnam's gem of a movie, Nayakan. I think Kamal Hasan has given his best performance in this Godfather-like movie.

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