Bollywood Classics: Pyaasa

(India/1957—directed by Guru Dutt)

Hindi cinema—popularly known as Bollywood (Bombay + Hollywood)—has long been the world’s largest film industry, currently averaging ticket sales of 3.9 billion annually. Based in Mumbai since the silent era, Bollywood films are distinguished by romantic themes, exuberant music sequences and epic running times.

In celebration of the DIA’s Festival of India (April 5-7) the DFT will present Pyaasa, the film that best defines Bollywood’s golden age, a tragic romance between a poet and a prostitute that Time named among the top ten romantic films of all time. 

 

 



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