A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.
Had been wanting to watch this movie since a very long time and finally managed to watch it. Had watched the Telugu version Mallepoovu way back in late 80s or may be early 90s.
Excellent movie. No wonder its considered a classic. It has a great story which is still relevant even today. Guru Dutt’s direction was excellent.
Some scenes are excellent like the scene where Gulabo tries to escape from a cop and hugs Vijay, or the scene where he finds out his mother has died, or the scene where the crazy beggar keeps following him or the scene where his own brothers refuse to recognize him because of money or the scene where his college friend refuses to recognize him. The best scene is one where he rejects all the money and the fame.
I am not sure if this was the first time but it must have been very bold to depict Gulabo as a prostitute in a 1957 movie. Its not the typical Naachnewali at Kotha that used to be shown in old movies.
Dialogues by Abrar Alvi were excellent. Cinematography by V.K. Murthy was excellent. The songs were excellent and picturized so well. Music by S.D. Burman and lyrics by Sahir were excellent.
Guru Dutt was excellent as the poet Vijay. Waheeda Rahman was excellent as the prostitute Gulabo, with a heart of gold. Mala Sinha was good as the married ex-girlfriend. Rehman was good as Mala Sinha’s husband. Johnny Lever was good as Sattar. Mehmood is in a non comic role as Vijay’s elder brother. The rest of the cast was good too.