Mirza Ghalib (film)

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Mirza Ghalib
Directed by Sohrab Modi
Produced by Sohrab Modi
Written by Rajinder Singh Bedi
Saadat Hasan Manto (story)
J.K. Nanda
Starring Bharat Bhushan
Nigar Sultana
Durga Khote
Music by Ghulam Mohammed
Cinematography V. Avadhoot
Release dates
Running time
145 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Mirza Ghalib (1954) is an Indian Hindi and Urdu language biographical film, directed by Sohrab Modi. Based on the life of well-known poet Mirza Ghalib, the film was acclaimed upon release. It stars Bharat Bhushan as Ghalib and Suraiya as his courtesan lover. The film won the Golden Lotus Award for National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1955.[1]


The film depicts the life of one-time wealthy and noble poet Mirza Ghalib. The story revolves around his trials, successes and failures and his ultimate descent into poverty. Ghalib falls in love with a beautiful courtesan named Chaudvin; however, tragedy befalls their ill-fated relationship. Set in a historical background, the film deals with the eternal psychological and social problems in the career of a genius poet. This film portrays one aspect of life of Mirza Ghalib (born 27 December 1797; died 15 February 1869, at age 73) in which the conflict between love and loyalty had deeply affected a sensitive artist. Mirza Ghalib fails to make an impression at the Royal Court 'Mushaira' of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar but at the same time, unknowingly wins the heart of Chaudvin, an accomplished court dancer.




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