• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

“Pakeezah” is a classic Indian film directed by . The film tells the story of a courtesan named Sahibjaan () who is born and raised in a brothel. Despite her circumstances, Sahibjaan dreams of finding true love and escaping her life as a courtesan. Her life changes when she meets a wealthy prince named Salim (), who falls in love with her and promises to marry her. However, their love faces several obstacles, including social norms and family pressures.


“Pakeezah” is considered a masterpiece of Indian cinema, known for its intricate storytelling, stunning cinematography, and soulful music. The film's themes of love, redemption, and sacrifice have made it a timeless classic. 's performance as Sahibjaan is widely regarded as one of the greatest performances in Indian cinema, earning her critical acclaim and several awards.


“Pakeezah” received several awards and nominations, including the National Film Award for Best Art Direction and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for . The film's music, composed by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad, was also highly acclaimed and received several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Despite its critical acclaim, the film faced several controversies and production delays during its making, which contributed to its lasting legacy in Indian cinema.

Directed by
Produced by
Written by
Starring ,
Music by Ghulam Mohammed
Naushad Ali
Cinematography Josef Wirsching
Edited by D.N. P
Release date February 4, 1972
Running time 153 minutes
Country India
Language Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu)
Box office ₹6 crore (equivalent to ₹217 crore or US$30 million in 2019)

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