Wednesday, March 20, 2013

PYAASA, HINDI MOVIE REVIEW OF 1957- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL


PYAASA,  A CLASSIC HINDI MOVIE- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL



First copy and past this link below on Google and watch the Hindi movie on Youtube with English subtitles.

You will NOT be disappointed.


www.youtube.com/movie/pyaasa


I was reminded of this movie today . After my haircut, the barber offered me a head massage. And then he started singing the immortal song of Johnny Walker . This song is recently lifted by BUPA for a commercial advertisement.




Here is the story line in advance.

Vijay is considered a loser by society.   He is a fine poet who thirsts for recognition and fame. His poems are rejected by all publishers, as they are too stark and full of melancholy.  

His brothers torment him as he cannot bring bread on the table.  They sell his collection of poems for the worth of the scrap paper it is written on. 

His college girlfriend, Meena , though in love with him,  is materialistic and marries a rich publisher for financial security,  breaking Vijay’s heart.

Vijay realizes that this materialistic world  is only for  selfish and opportunistic people.  

Once at an old alumni meet at his college he runs into his old love Meena.  Her rich husband Ghosh gets the gut feeling that his wife is in love with her classmate poet Vijay.  




Ghosh hires Vijay to dig out the possibly sordid past of his wife Meena.


In this world of selfish people, a golden hearted whore, Gullabo is Vijay’s only well-wisher .  She chances upon the papers of Vijay’s poems which his brothers disposed off a scrap.  She appreciates his stirring poetry and falls in love with him.

When Vijay learns of his mother’s death he reaches his threshold limit of his tolerance.  In a bout of alcohol powered depression he decides to commit suicide on the train tracks.   

On the way he sees a beggar shivering in the cold .  He gives him his coat and proceeds.  The beggar follows him but his foot gets caught in the tracks, with a train rushing in.  Vijay attempts to save him,  but is unable.

The beggar is killed, but his face and body is badly disfigured.  His coat and  note in the pocket causes people to believe that it was Vijay who committed suicide.

Gulabo goes to Ghosh and gets Vijay’s poems published, by giving up her wealth.  Ghosh does so feeling he can exploit the poems of a dead poet and make a financial killing out of people’s sentiments.  


The poems are a roaring success and  rake in moolah.   The greedy publisher soon learns that Vijay is still alive but in a coma in the hospital.  


When Vijay resurrects from the dead, the people who make money out of his work would rather not see him alive.  He is dismissed as a imposter, and humiliated.


They declare him mad, by bribing all and sundry . They  lock him up in a mental asylum, for claiming he the author of his own book..  


All conveniently maintain that Vijay is dead and this includes his own bribed up brothers who are still claiming royalty.  Vijay with the help of his friend Abdul Sattar escapes from the mental asylum and reaches the hall where a huge congregation is gathered to pay tribute to his works.  


He denounces this corrupt and materialistic world in a final recitation.  He declares that he is not Vijay and walks away with Gullabo, in a dramatic finish.

Here is the old alumni meet song lyrics-- poignant indeed!


Jaane Woh Kaise Log The Jinke Pyar Ko Pyar Mila
Humne To Jab Kaliyaan Maangi Kaaton Ka Haar Mila

( I wonder how many people exist who have received love in return for their love.
Whenever  I asked for flowers, I always received a garland of thorns )

Khushiyon Ki manzil Dhoondhi tho Gham Ki Gard Mili
Chaahat Ke nagme Chaahe tho Aahe Sard Mili
Dil Ke Bhoj Ko Dugna Kar Gaya Jo Gham haar mila
Humne To Jab Kaliyaan Maangi Kaanton Ka Haar Mila ..

( I have searched for happiness and found sorrow
I wanted moments of passion and received only pain
The weight in my heart has been doubled, I have faced such a plaintive defeat
When I asked for flowers, I received a garland of thorns .. )

Bichhad Gayaa Har Saathi Dekar Pal Do Pal Ka Saath
Kisko Phursat Hai Jo Thaame Deewanon Ka Haath
Humko Apna Saaya Tak Aqsar Bezaar Mila
Humne To Jab Kaliyaan Maangi, Kaanton Ka Haar Mila ..

(Every friend has deserted  me after giving me company for a few moments
Who has the time to comfort a jilted lover ?
Even my shadow seems apathetic to my sorry state
When I asked for flowers, I received a garland of thorns .. )

Isko Hi Jeena Kehte Hain To Yunhi Ji Lenge
Uf Na Karenge Lab See Lenge Aansoo Pee Lenge
Gham Se Ab Ghabraana Kaisa Gham Sau Baar Mila
Humne To Jab...

( If this is what they call living, then I will live like this
I won't sigh, my lips are sealed, I will swallow my tears
I don’t care for  sorrow, I experienced it hundreds of times
When I asked for flowers, I only received a garland of thorns .. )


This is why you should NOT take your spouses for any old alumni meet.

Want to read about my last old alumni meet?

Punch into Google search OLD ALUMNI MEET.

If you don’t see my mushy post on page ONE among 30 million posts , then punch in—

OLD ALUMNI MEET VADAKAYIL.

Find out what nostalgia is all about.


Pyaasa is a dark detour in a man’s mind, into one of his biggest phobias – the fear of rejection.

How rejection can destroy and debilitate a genuis and turn him into a puppet of fate.  

Have you not seen strong confident day men turn weak ,wimpy and vulnerable on even losing their jobs or their wife running away with another man? .

So what run away thoughts does this movie Pyaasa stoke in my mann mandir? 


Let me see-

the resemblance of the real life failed affair of poet Sahir Ludhianvi with poetess Amrita Pritam, which is probably the reason why the lyrics of Pyaasa songs evoke naked and intense passion --- 

the amazing music of SD Burman and inimitable songs of Mohammed Rafi and Hemant Kumar—meaningful songs that are apt to the situation  ( unlike the ridiculous BEAT IT - BEAT IT or BABE , BABE songs you hear ) – the film unit was attacked in a Calcutta red light area by pimps, and hence forced to do the scenes with Gulabo in a studio – 

the virgin freshness of actress Waheeda Rehman  — real life words told to dialogue writer Abrar Alvi in a brothel  “ it is the first time that I have been treated with respect, in a place where you hear only abuses” — that the Malayalam movie Kavyamela is based on Pyaasa, where the poet is blind – that even fallen whores have a noble gene and are good listeners--

the bitterness of a poet whose priceless works gets rejected by publishers --  the despair of a poet whose entire life’s work was sold as scrap paper by his own brothers to cruelly taunt him as a loser , which tears his world apart and kicks him out of his comfort zone  – the grief when the poet tries retrieving his poetry sheets from the ’Raddiwaala’ ( scrap seller ) ,  and the latter tells him that they had been bought by a strange lady --   

Vijay’s  inner traumas, agony and frustrations -- the credibility in society of an alcoholic disheveled man roaming the streets , mired  in self pity— the way budding poet Vijay pisses off  Meena while daydreaming of her,  when she is sitting right there next to him in flesh and blood --  the anguish of a sensitive man who has lost his love -- a tortured soul accusing his ex- flame of selling bartering love for comfort and financial security --  

oozing wounds of betrayal -- a rich husband calling his wife a whore resenting her past affair –  the jealous sadistic employer husband treating his clerk ( wife’s past lover) worse than  dirt and firing him when he is done with him – the simmering hatred and jealousy undercurrents portrayed so effortlessly by the rich publisher Rehman— the surprise of a poet when he hears his lost poem being sung by an unknown woman--


a beautiful whore gulabo mocking a sensitive Vijay for having nothing to offer, if you know what I mean —  platonic love between a  poet on the path of self destruction and a young whore -- the brief light moments provided by Johnny Walker in an otherwise mind numbing movie — how loyalties get bought and sold for money like fish in a market place – selfish and ego laden thought processes that guide human value systems--

immoral and vulgar lunges for short term success — how songs are natural and seamless extensions of movie dialogue — how Vijay speaks more with his silence than his words — how material success comes after death riding the crest of a sympathy wave in a vested world – the compassion of a man who is about to commit suicide , taking off his warm coat for a shivering tramp  -- 

a whore pooling her entire life’s earnings to get a dead poet’s handwritten work published as a posthumous book “Parchhaiyaan"  to calm her inner conscience --  how enemies when alive suddenly become friends and relatives in death for material “necrophilia” spoils – the heartache when friends and family refuse to identify Vijay – 

how Vijay finally rejects the recognition he was THIRSTY for all his life , scalded to the soul by the hypocrisy of his family and friends.


The scene where Meena tries to prove her point of view to Vijay , a  male-female confrontation, is impressive.  The final shocking climax just jerks you out of your indifferent slumber—

Pyaasa sees some of Sahir’s best work, ’ Yeh mehlon, yeh thakhton… ’ when Vijay returns from the mental asylum , to attend his own death anniversary and tribute to his works.


Check out the English translation of this poignant song which is surcharged with feelings of contempt .


This world, of palaces,  thrones, and crowns
This world, of despots, of clans
This world, of greed, of autocrats
This world, what can be gained by having it?

Each body is wounded, every soul is thirsting
Despair in all eyes, sadness in the hearts
Is this really the world or the rule of the diabloical?
This world, what can be proved by having it?

Here, a man’s existence can be toyed with
Here, are the colonies of murderers
Here, death comes cheaper than life
This world, what can be had by having it?

Here, youth stumbles like a social abomination
Here, young bodies are decked for sale in the bazaar
Here, love is transacted as in barter and trade
This world, what can be gained by having it?

This world, where man has no value
Where loyalty is not expected, friends mean nothing
Here, love neither deserves nor demands respect
This world, what can be achieved by having it?

Burn this perversion, demolish this tyranny
Remove it from my sight, this despondency
To you it belongs and you alone can keep the world
This world, what can be made by having it?



At the end of the movie when the audience troops out of the cinema hall , you don’t get to see a single forehead which is not creased in heart aching introspection .  The last song “ Jaane Woh Kaise Log The”  just reverberates in their minds.

When you see the movie again, new thought flow through your mind as you have fresh interpretations,  you read more in the silence between dialogues,  you see more symbolism in the deep shadows, revealing that this masterpiece in indeed multilayered and for thinkers , not mindless bumpkins.

Here is the timeless story of a one person’s search for his own identity in society and losing his very recognition in process.

Pyaasa means “Thirsty One”.  Its title is a bit ambiguous and you can ping it the way you infer.


Who is the thirsty one? 

The one for love? 
The one for a relationship?
The one for wealth?
The one for appreciation?  

Johnny Walker as Abdul Sattar ( the happy go lucky Tel MalishWala ) provides the much-required comic relief.  Without him, this movie could have been 2 hours of intense heartache . Every actor and actress live their roles— and this cannot be gauged by reading English subtitles..


This movie’s theme  transcends time and is still relevant 56 years later.  Will merit, talent , hardwork, honesty, sincerity, compassion really help in this decadent, corrupt, street smart modern winners’ world?
  
Check out how myths get shattered !

The scene where he tries his best to prove his identity to his own people and fails is one of the best in cinematic history.  What touches a raw nerve is the scene where he has the selfish world at his feet and simply chooses to renounce it, on his own terms . This is the same society who sold fake inferior poems in his name, thinking he is dead, and hence were not happy to see him alive.

Pyaasa’s climax is considered as a classic masterstroke.  Indian movies are known for it’s escapist ending, catering to happy dreams, NOT gruesome reality.

Does any human being cry , other than for selfishness?  

Is there a quest in every human being to feel wanted by society ?  

Does a man feel good when he self destructs on his own terms?  

Is it possible to wake up a man who is pretending to sleep ?

Does money govern everything in modern life?

Is there anything worse in life than being declared mad for claiming to be yourself?

Not many people know that the director, Guru Dutt ( Vijay the actor ) , committed suicide seven years after the release of Pyaasa.

THIS MOVIE WHICH SWAM UPSTREAM , IS A MUST SEE.   

ONLY PROFOUND THINKERS CAN GET TO THE ONION LAYERED CORE.

I PREDICT THAT THIS MOVIE WILL RESURFACE AND TAKE ITS RIGHTFUL POSITION AHEAD OF INTERNATIONALY ACCLAIMED  MASTERPIECES  ( INFLATED BY LOBBIED UP CRITICS AND MEDIA ) .   

-- SO SAYS CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL.


Grace and peace! ( note: it is OM shanti -- NOT om shande )



CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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19 comments:

  1. Pyaasa was rated as one of the 100 best films of all time by Time Magazine, which called it "the soulfully romantic of the lot." Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. On the occasion of Valentine's Day 2011 Time magazine has declared it as one of the top 10 romantic movies of all time

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  2. are russians still mad after raj kapoor ?

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  3. hi hari,

    only the old communist generation who were given large compulsory dollops of awara.

    the younger genration will puke at the sight of raj kapoor's gargantuan bottoms and his tuft titties and his funny " on my way for a crap" walk.

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  4. "large compulsory dollops of awara." ?

    plz enlighten me on this fact

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    1. hi hari,

      in the seventies when we went to russia, the movie AWARA would be screened in the seamen's club ashore.

      the communist govt of russia decided what people must see. and those days we were the world's largest democracy supporting the EVIL empire ( as per USA ).

      i saw AWARA in russia first.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  5. Hi capt,
    I haven't seen pyaasa,but I have seen 'Saab ,bibi aur ghulam',have u ? And I think its also a masterpiece. Many of its scenes were also very poerfull especially the introductory scene of meena kumari and the last scene when bhootnath discover the grave and skeleton of meena kumari. Do u agree?
    And if u haven't seen this classic then u must. I strongly recommend.

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    1. hi pankaj,

      yes-- a classic DARK movie.

      Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam ,a 1962 Hindi film produced and acted by Guru Dutt ( director / actor Pyaasa ) and directed by Abrar Alvi ( dialogue writer Pyaasa )

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  6. Ajitji,
    Have you seen Shower , a chinese film ?

    Off-topic - Is the Maharashtra draught man-made ?

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    1. ho yogesh,

      NO , have not seen shower !

      punch into google search THE LIE OF GREENHOUSE GASES CAUSING GLOBAL WARMING VADAKAYIL

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  7. Hi Sir,
    Sir, sorry for being out of topic. I just want to know whether I can ask my carpenter to put a sri chakra in the front door of my new house which is in the process finishing. Is there any pluses or negatives by doing it. Could you please advise me regarding the same. Thanks for your time in advance, godbless.
    Rajeev RS

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    1. hi rajeev,

      have it INSIDE of the door-- NOT outside.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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    2. Hi Sir,

      Thanks a lot for your time, appreciate it.
      Rajeev.RS

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  8. Hi Captain Sir..
    As i had written yesterday that from past few days i am reading all your writings. Based on that i am arrived at some conclsuion or say rather confusion & ineed them to clarify them.
    Problem is should i ask those contovertial questions on this public form or there is any other way to communicate to you. I will write the questions to you & you may answer it on the blog if you think that they will not craete any problem.

    Sir, awaating your reply.

    Regards
    Pawan

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    1. hi pawan,

      you can ask the question on one of my older blogs, which are not opened frequently.

      i can delete it later.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  9. No need for correction sir,my apologies. I was wrong .

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  10. Wonderful! Marvellous!! Pyasaa is my most favourite movie for 56 years!

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  11. Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    September 18, 2015 at 12:59 PM
    S Roy
    September 18, 2015 at 10:27 AM
    In Interstellar when Cooper was communicating with his daughter Murphy, he mentioned the connection as 'love' but is there a better word to describe that connection - is it conscience, emotional connect - is there any Sanskrit word for it.

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    Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    September 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM
    hi sr,

    i just imagined-if this question was put to RAJEEV MASAND the guy on AIB bakchod -- what he would SQUEAK.

    and imagining how this man would DIVE OFF THE DEEP END , squeaking pathetic nonsense all the while, i had the heartiest laugh since several days..

    the movie INTERSTELLAR has NOT been understood by anyone on this planet ( including the maker ) for you need to know Vedanta and Quantum physics to comment on the movie as a whole.

    THIS MOVIE HAS AN EVIL AGENDA.-- IT TRIES TO PROVE THAT THERE IS NO CREATOR GOD -- BUT FOR SOME "THEY " TYPE BENEVOLENT ENTITY.

    Thorne’s old friend Stephen Hawking, has been warning that the long-term survival of our species depends on us developing interstellar travel.

    So we must grow GM crops, we must stop burning coal , we must stop cremations --for in this movie there was only GM Corn as food .

    MAD MAN Stephen Hawkin's loaded astro physics has placed this movie in the realm of STUPID -- and has NO scientific base -- where they try to integrate newton's classical physics along with Einsteins theories- by bleeding gravity through dimensions.

    While the Endurance team is away, Prof Brand will continue to work on an advanced equation that, if solved, will allow humans to harness fifth-dimensional physics – specifically gravity.

    The equations on the black board are textbook general relativity equations-- pathetic !

    Both Newton and Einstein have stolen everything from India.

    Interstellar uses Einsteins RELATIVITY, GRAVITY LENSING, TIME DILATION, SPACE TIME CURVATURE , SINGULARITY , SPIRAL YUGA TIME , WORM HOLE PROVIDED BY OM, BUTTERFLY EFFECT BY SOLITON WAVE OF COCONUT SMASH , BLACK HOLE OF KALI, VARAHA AVATAR SAVING GENETIC BLUEPRINT CODE BEFORE PRALAYA , AAKASHIK RECORDS -- all lifted from Vedanta.

    Quantum Physics is embedded in Hinduism.

    The 10-year-old daughter, Murphy believes their house is haunted by a ghost that is trying to communicate with her by dropping books off a shelf in her room. THEY are sending an unknown form of intelligence sending them coded messages by means of gravitational anomaly altering the dust on the floor in a binary pattern .

    In Hinduism we read of SIGNS from our dead ancestors when we do REM sleep. That is why we do Pitr Paksha.

    Equipped with conscious robot ( only conscious computer can tell jokes and understand subtle humor ) TARS's data on the singularity, Cooper communicates Murph across the dimensional barrier from inside a fifth dimension tesseract through gravitational waves ( bleeding Newtons asshole ) , making him the "ghost" from her childhood ( bleeding Einsteins asshole ) .

    With this information, Murph is able to complete Brand's equation, allowing Earth's population to be evacuated el pronto—OOPS ! I must NOT get so cynical !.

    Now how does Cooper Praaji reach this Tesseract or Phesseract or whatever ? Pray? Prithee ?—


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    1. CONTINUED FROM 1-

      -- a place beyond the event horizon of a black hole, where our man can view time as though it were a spatial dimension ( sic !).

      The conscious robot goes down a black hole to send back HAJAAAR “quantum data”

      They encounter a planet near a black hole, and decide to go around it to avoid the “time shift zone” --AIYOO AIYOO !

      NASA has been driven ‘underground’ as a secret organization --it also doubles up as a future humankind’s space-traveling ark. -- first generation of embryos are already with them – each subsequent generation helping to raise a new set of embryos (as well as reproduce naturally) PLAN A , if you pleaJJe..

      Translating that coded data gives Murph all the information she needs to drastically advance humanity’s understanding of space and time – as well as complete Plan A – CHOONA LAGAAKE !.

      But hey, they have PLAN B too. So that is why Cooper Praji sacrifices himself to reduce weight on the Endurance, thus ensuring Amelia can make it to Edmonds’ planet and kick ze goal of Plan B .

      But hey, THEY help cooper -- instead of dying alone in space, Cooper is pulled inside The Tesseract - the gravitational singularity that is maintaining the wormhole – created by the aforementioned THEY .

      Hey, I am beginning to fall in LOBE nay love with THEY. Where is my CHARKHA .

      INTERSTELLAR MEIN CHARKHA GHUMAAAKE PLAN B SAPHAL HUA-- SACHCHI MEIN !

      Kosher NASA scientists spAke that THEY ” are an advanced extraterrestrial race who have unlocked the mysteries of dimensional manipulation - and, for some NOT SO FAALTHU reason, decided to aid mankind in escaping our doomed planet. GOD BILKUL HAI HI NAHI !

      THEY are loathe to communicate directly with us humans – coz they are fifth-dimensional, having transcended our three-dimensional ways of understanding the universe.

      However THEY acquiesce to lay out a series of rudimentary library dust ripples – nay - breadcrumbs (binary messages) and advanced technology ( down the rabbit-nay- the wormhole) for humans to follow – in order to save ourselves from annihilation.

      THEY will sambhavami Yuge Yuge ( TEE HEE !)

      Cooper and Murph are saviors of humanity,chosen by THEY - the fifth-dimensional humans – who can observe past, present, and future of AAKASHA – custom-build The Tesseract for Cooper, so that he can communicate with his daughter in the past and relay the data that funny TARS (the quadrilateral shaped robot) had collected inside the singularity.

      SEARCH FOR SRI YANTRA BINDU IN SINGULARITY TOO --LANGOT PHAADKE- NAY—RUMAAAL JHODKE )

      Of HAJAAAAR importance is --the fifth-dimensional communication through gravity (made visible by three-dimensional objects back on Earth) enables Cooper to gently PEEPTA BHARPOORN , manipulate the hands on Murph’s watch – transferring the data that funny TARS acquired with morse coded watch ticks.

      Gravity bleeds via Newton’s asshole through to other dimensions in time and space to Einsteins asshole , allowing Cooper to spell out a message (“S-T-A-Y”) by pushing them mangy books off of Murph’s shelf – or communicate map coordinates to the past version of himself by spreading them dust across the floor (in binary language).

      If only this IDIOT knew the meaning of consciousness field.

      So so so—thief Newton’s Laws, what we perceive as a finite calculation could actually have infinite implications and fit into the plans of thief Einstein –kosher vineger mein daaalke.

      THEY kaun hai bhaiiya ? Aliens hai kya ? AKKAL KA DUSHMA YUVRAAJ ko poochna padenga ! Escape velocity bi pooch lenge !

      Hum honge kaamyaab !

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  12. dear captain
    why didnt consider cherthala kartyayani temple? which has relevent rituals like kodungalloor.that temple had not any kind of relation with tippu or britishers.

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