|Directed by||Kamal Amrohi|
|Produced by||Kamal Amrohi|
|Written by||Kamal Amrohi|
|Music by||Ghulam Mohammed
|Edited by||D.N. Pai|
|Release date(s)||4 February 1972|
|Running time||126 minutes|
Pakeezah (Urdu: پاکیزہ, Hindi: पाक़ीज़ा; Pākīzah, meaning "Pure") is a 1972 Indian film, written and directed by Kamal Amrohi who was known for his perfectionism. The music is by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad Ali. The film tells the story of a Lucknow tawaif played by actress Meena Kumari who died shortly after the film was completed.
This movie is about the tawaif Sahibjaan, (Meena Kumari), who is born to a courtesan, Nargis (also Meena Kumari). After being spurned by her lover Shahabuddin's (Ashok Kumar) family, Nargis is driven to a graveyard where she gives birth to Sahibjaan secretly. Nargis dies during childbirth and her sister, Nawabjaan, takes the child as her own. Sahibjaan was brought up by brothel madame Nawabjaan (Veena). Unable to break away from the vicious circle, Sahibjaan grows up and becomes a beautiful and popular dancer/singer. Forest ranger Salim Ahmed Khan (Raaj Kumar) is enthralled by Sahibjaan's beauty and innocence, and eventually convinces her to elope with him, which she does. But trials and tribulations await Sahibjaan as she is recognized by men wherever she goes in the company of Salim. When Salim renames her Pakeezah (pure of heart) and takes her to a priest to be legally married, she refuses, and returns to the brothel. Salim eventually decides to marry someone else, and invites Sahibjaan to dance at his wedding Sahibjaan agrees to this. During this event, the story reveals an exciting turn: Nawab recognises Shahabuddin and calls him to witness the irony of the situation. His own daughter employed to dance and entertain his own family without his knowing.
- Ashok Kumar - Shahabuddin
- Meena Kumari - Nargis / Sahibjaan
- Raaj Kumar - Salim Ahmed Khan
- Veena - Nawabjaan
- Nadira - Madame Gauhar Jaan
- D.K. Sapru - Hakim Saab
Pakeezah took nearly 14 years to shoot because of a change in relationship between Meena Kumari and the director. Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi were married when Pakeezah was first conceived. Ashok Kumar was to have played the part of Salim, but the part was later played by Raaj Kumar. The character was changed from a businessman to a forest ranger to suit Raaj Kumar's more muscular physique. Both the film's composer Ghulam Mohammed and cinematographer Josef Wirsching died during the period. Later composer Naushad Ali stepped in and composed the film's background music as well as its title track. Over a dozen of Bombay's top cinematographers pitched in when they had time; they however managed to maintain its uniform look.
Due to a variety of different factors Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi parted ways and the film remained incomplete. It was only when Nargis and Sunil Dutt saw the rushes of the film that they convinced Meena Kumari to complete it. It was mostly shot in Kamal Amrohi Studios, Mumbai.
Meena Kumari was very ill when filming resumed and one can note the difference in the portions shot earlier in the earlier sixties and the ones shot during her illness. All the kathak dance sequences were performed by Meena Kumari herself except for the last dance sequence of the movie wherein a body double (Padma Khanna) was used in the long-shots. Meena Kumari died weeks after the film was released. The film, which had been declared a flop when first released, became a success.
Pakeezah made news during the Filmfare Awards in 1972 when Pran refused to accept his award for Be-Imaan because he felt that Ghulam Mohammed deserved a posthumous Filmfare award for his songs in Pakeezah.
- Screenplay: Kamal Amrohi
- Art direction: N.B. Kulkarni
- Set Design : Kamal Amrohi
- Costume Design : Meena Kumari
- Director of Photography : Josef Wirsching
- Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi, Kaif Bhopali, Kamal Amrohi
- Music: Ghulam Mohammed, Naushad Ali - Background Score, Title Music
- Singers: Lata Mangeshkar; Mohd. Rafi; Mehdi Hassan
|Soundtrack album by Ghulam Mohammed & Naushad Ali|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
|Ghulam Mohammed chronology|
|Naushad Ali chronology|
The soundtrack for the film was composed by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad Ali with lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kamal Amrohi and Kaif Bhopali. Due to the demise of the composer before the completion of the film, Naushad Ali was signed to compose the background score for the film. He also composed the songs, Nazaria Ki Maari, Title Music - Alap, Mora Saajan Sauten Ghar Jaye and Kaun Gali Gayo Shyam. These renderings are presented in the voices of the veteran singer Rajkumari, Parveen Sultana, Vani Jairam and Naseem Bano Chopra.
|1||"Chalo Dildar Chalo"||Mohammad Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar||Kaif Bhopali||Ghulam Muhammad|
|2||"Chalte Chalte"||Lata Mangeshkar||Kaifi Azmi||Ghulam Mohammed|
|3||"Inhi Logon Ne"||Lata Mangeshkar||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Ghulam Muhammad|
|4||"Mausam Hai Aashiqana"||Lata Mangeshkar||Kamal Amrohi||Ghulam Muhammad|
|5||"Nazariya Ki Mari"||Rajkumari||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Naushad Ali|
|6||"Teer-E-Nazar"||Lata Mangeshkar||Kaif Bhopali||Ghulam Muhammad|
|7||"Thare Rahiyo"||Lata Mangeshkar||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Ghulam Muhammad|
|8||"Mora Saajan Sauten Ghar Jaye"||Vani Jairam||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Naushad Ali|
|9||"Kaun Gali Gayo Shyam"||Parveen Sultana||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Naushad Ali|
|10||"Pi Ke Chale"||Lata Mangeshkar||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Ghulam Muhammad|
|11||"Title Music - Alap"||Lata Mangeshkar||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Naushad Ali|
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- Awards IMDB.
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- Music Review of Pakeezah at Planet Bollywood
- Pakeezah at Rediff Movies
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- Analysis of the movie's ambiguities at Let's talk about Bollywood