Most of us love Johnny Walker, and we love to hum that famous song “Sar jo tera chakraye” , which is also a hot favourite at every nai ki dukan while the barber gives a oil laden head massage. I am sure atleast the guys know what I am talking about.
But what I am going to tell you are some tidbits about the movie that this song belongs to – Pyaasa. I love this film because it really is different. About a struggling poet, whose passion is to write about the difficulties of a post-independent India, Pyaasa was rated as one of the best 100 movies in 2005 by Time Magazine.
Following the commercial success of this unusual film, Guru Dutt made another similar movie, Kaagaz Ke Phool on a larger budget, but sadly, this one flopped miserably. Funnily enough, though, it went on to be a hit long after Guru Dutt’s death. One of those unsolvable mysteries of Bollywood.
The bit about Waheeda Rehman, who plays Gulabo, a prostitue, is based on a true incident. The writer, Abrar Alvi, had visited Mumbai’s red light area and met a woman who called herself Gulabo. She thanked him for treating her with respect in a place where she had only been treated as dirt. Infact, he used those exact words as Waheeda’s dialogue in the movie.
Another interesting piece of information – Guru Dutt wanted to shoot some scenes in Kolkata, but during the time, they were attacked by a group of pimps. But Dutt was so adamant about having Kolkata as the background, he recreated the sets using photographs taken in Kolkata. Talk about being particular!