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The Dialogue of Pyaasa: Guru Dutts Immortal Classic (With DVD)

Nasreen Munni Kabir (Author)
Synopsis Great films come from great writing and the aim of The Dialogue of Pyaasa, Guru Dutt's Immortal Classic is to preserve in book form the film's complete dialogue by Abrar Alvi and songs/poems by Sahir Ludhianvi. These are presented in Hindi, Urdu and Romanised scripts. Generously illustrated, the dialogue is also accompanied by an English translation, introduction and extensive commentary by Nasreen Munni Kabir. First-rate screenwriter, Abrar Alvi has created superb scenes and subtle lines. Skilled in giving personality to every Pyaasa character, Alvi's flair for lived-in expression turns Guru Dutt as Vijay or Johnny Walker as Abdul Sattar into real people. Pyaasa's other excellent writing comes from Sahir Ludhianvi's sublime songs and poetry. This master Urdu poet has been widely acknowledged for elevating the film song to a poetic form and this is in full evidence in the film. Sahir's Marxist ideology, brilliant imagination and deep understanding of human emotions are the soul of Pyaasa. Guru Dutt's Pyaasa is a stirring example of cinema's power, enhanced by its marvellous dialogue and songs. London-based documentary filmmaker and author, Nasreen Munni Kabir was the first to present Indian film dialogue in a three-language format, starting with The Immortal Dialogue of Mughal-e-Azam (2007) and followed by Awaara and Mother India (2010). Her next books are A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music and The Dialogue of Devdas, Bimal Roy's Immortal Classic.
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About the author

Nasreen Munni Kabir

Nasreen Munni Kabir is a London-based documentary filmmaker/author who has made several documentaries produced for Channel 4 TV (UK), including Follow that Star (a profile of Amitabh Bachchan, 1989), the series Movie Mahal and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005, Channel 4/Red Chillies). She has also written several books on 
Hindi cinema, including Guru Dutt, a life in cinema, Talking Films/Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar, and The Immortal Dialogue of Mughal-e-Azam. Born in Hyderabad, India, she has lived most of her life in the UK. In 1999, she won the first Asian Womens’ Achievement Award for her work in promoting Indian cinema in the UK, and is a former governor on the board of the British Film Institute, serving a six-year term. A consultant to Channel 4 for over 25 years, she continues to curate their annual 20-part Indian film season. She is currently working on a book on Raj Kapoor’s Awaara.

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Title The Dialogue of Pyaasa: Guru Dutts Immortal Classic (With DVD)
Format Softcover
Date published: 26.03.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789380070537
length xxiv+213p., Illustrations; 26cm.