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VINE VOICEon 27 May 2007
"Pakeezah" (1971)is a 125 minutes long Indian classic melodrama, directed by Kamal Amrohi and starring his wife - Meena Kumari in the main role.

The story is set in the North of India and is about the beautiful Muslim dancer Nargis who fells in love with one of her clients - a rich man Shahabuddin (Ashok Kumar). Shahabuddin takes Nargis out of the brothel and marries her but his family refuses to accept her and she runs away into the local cemetery where eventually she dies giving birth to Shahabuddin's child - a girl who will later become a dancer called Pakeezah.

The movie is about the beauty and wonderfulness of Pakeezah and the young man Salim (Raj Kumar) who fells in love with her by accidentally meeting her in a train.

The movie is full of symbols, Urdu poetry, elegance of Uttar Pradesh feudal elite, wonderful photography, beautiful music and romantic scenes. It has six famous songs like "Inhi Logone le Leena", "Thade Radhiyo", "Chalte Chalte Yuhin Koi", "Mausam Hai Aashiqana", "Chalo Dildar Chalo", "Aaj Hum Apni". Music is written by Ghulam Mohammed. The Meena Kumari heroine is young (17 years old), beautiful and tragic. In "Pakeezah", coincidental meetings, paradoxical family ties and the role of destiny acts as a moral.

The movie has been nominated for the Filmfare Awards (1973) in the categories for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Music. It has won an award for the Best Art Direction (N.B. Kulkarni) and the movie has been called as the best ever in Bollywood, a masterpiece, cultic, classical and the titan of the Indian cinema. It has been filmed for 14 years and the main actress Meena Kumari died shortly after the film was released. Touching and unforgettable.
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on 13 March 2014
It's difficult to add more to the glowing praise that others on here have already given to this Bollywood masterpiece.

However, I can say that tenderness, compassion, hope and salvation are all here. And add to that evergreen songs and exquisite dances.

This film will continue to connect with generations forever - such is the achievement of this classy film. And, when you also know that the heroine Meena Kumari was dying but yet worked hard to get the film finished, there is added poignancy and wonder.

As for the picture and sound quality, the print/copy is watchable, but that's about the best you can say about it. A film this sumptuous deserved better treatment, from Shenmaroo. Giving us this version of this great film is not good advertising for them.

Next time, hopefully we'll get the actual colours and clarity to erase the suspicion that the DVD company are indifferent about the quality.

5 stars for the original film.
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on 29 November 2013
This is one of my all time favorites but the sound was awful there were loads of background scratchy noises them there was no sound. This was a very bad recording and the seller should be held accountable.
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on 12 July 2009
I think Pakeeza is a great Indian movie. Story is gripping. Meena Kumari acted brilliantly. Music and songs are great. I enjoyed the way story line was reflective of how ego plays it's controlling role in our lives and how detrimental it can be for others. It is one of my top 5 films.
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on 20 June 2014
My one of a few favourite films of all time. Bette Davies, joan fontain, nargis, jennifer Jones and meena kumari. Fabulous colour. Songs, dances and story. Grips your attention. You'll love it.
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on 20 March 2015
Could not get the DVDS to play. I understand it is for all regions. Very disappointed.
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