30 January 2011 Art & Entertainment Books

New Book Chronicles the Making of 'Pyaasa'

She chronicled the lives of Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in her documentaries and Nasreen Munni Kabir's latest offering is a book which narrates the making of Guru Dutt's evergreen masterpiece Pyaasa.The actor-director's 1957 film is considered a cult classic and the book titled The Dialogue of Pyaasa takes a detailed look at both the man and his work.Kabir had earlier helmed In Search of Guru Dutt, a three part documentary on the legendary Indian actor, writer, director and producer to mark his 25th death Anniversary.The Dialogue of Pyaasa presents a detailed look at the film's making with it's famous dialogues and evergreen songs.Pyaasa is widely regarded as Dutt's best work and the film was a masterpiece thanks to Abrar Alvi's flawless script and Dutt's deft direction and performance as Vijay, the struggling poet with Waheeda Rehman playing his love interest, Gulabo, the prostitute.Sahir Ludhianvi's lyrics were brought to life in songs like Jaane Kya Tune Kahi, Hum Aap Ki Ankhon Mein', Jaane Woh Kaise Log The Jinke, Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind and Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye, composed by S D Burman.The book, which will be launched on Wednesday, includes extensive commentary by Kabir and is available in Hindi, Urdu and English.

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