Basic info
  1. Director: Guru Dutt
  2. Alternative Titles: Eternal Thirst; The Thirsty One
  3. Country: India; Year: 1957; Language: Hindi; Runtime: 153 min; Color: Black and White; Sound: Mono
  4. Studio: Guru Dutt Films Pvt. Ltd.
  5. Producer: Guru Dutt; Writer: Abrar Alvi; Cinematographer: V.K. Murthy; Editor: Y.G. Chawhan; Composer: S.D. Burman; Lyricist: Sahir Ludhianvi
  6. Cast: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Johnny Walker, Rehman, Kumkum, Shyam, Leela Mishra, Rajinder, Mayadass, Mehmood, Radheshyam, Ashita, Moni Chatterjee
Vijay (Dutt) is an unpublished poet, dismissed by family and office colleagues but befriended by a prostitute (Waheeda Rehman). In a twist out of Sullivan’s Travels, Vijay is believed dead and his poetry “posthumously” lionized. The writer-producer-director-star paints a glamorous portrait of an artist’s isolation through dappled imagery and the sensitive picturizing of S.D. Burman’s famous songs. And Rehman, in her screen debut, is sultry, radiant—a woman to bring out the poet in any man, on screen or in the audience.
Interesting links
  1. Review and commentary by University of Iowa
  2. Review by Anuj Kumar in The Hindu
  3. Review by Dinesh Raheja in Rediff
Where to watch/buy?
  1. Watch on YouTube
  2. Buy on Amazon