Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, The Only Indian Restored Film for World Premiere at Venice Film Festival

Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, The Only Indian Restored Film for World Premiere at Venice Film Festival

This is a momentous time for Indian Cinema as Guru Dutt’s cult classic ‘Pyaasa’ is set to make entry for world premiere in the competition section at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. Ultra Media & Entertainment Pvt Ltd had 45 experts has done this applauding job of restoring and bring back the film to its original quality and showcasing it globally.


“Venice Classics” has been a crucial section of the Venice Film Festival which has been successfully premiering world class restored classics in the festival. The most important aspect of this section is to revive the spotlight old, underestimated and neglected films of the past which has been restored a year back by film archives, cultural institutions or production companies around the world.


On this prestigious moment, Mr. Sushil Kumar Agrawal, CEO, Ultra Media & Entertainment Private Ltd. said: “It gives us an immense pleasure to present a cult classic like “Pyaasa” to the global audience. There is a huge fan following of Guru Dutt all over the world who have not been able to see this ageless magic in its original form and glory. It took us nearly 4 months to restore this film frame by frame and we are happy that the final outcome of the restored version can now be seen in its original form. Out of the many classics that we have restored, “Pyaasa” has a special place in our hearts. It is one of the rarest gems of Indian Cinema and we take great pride in preserving it and showcasing it globally. In fact the film has already created substantial buzz and we have several distribution enquiries from various parts of the world. We are also planning a major theatrical release of Pyaasa post its screening at the Venice Film Festival.”


Pyaasa, widely regarded as Guru Dutt’s magnum opus is a poignant tale of a struggling poet Vijay (Guru Dutt) not accepted by hypocrite society and disowned by his brothers, sets out to carve a niche for himself in society. Pyaasa depicts a jilted love story of Vijay, who is rejected by his lover (Mala Sinha) and, is embraced by a prostitute, Gulabo (Waheeda Rehman). Gulabo is moved by the power of his poetry. When the world finds Gulabo despicable and treats her with contempt, she seems to be the only soul capable of reciprocating love and respect.


Pyaasa is a well thought out story of an anguished man, seeking love and respect. The film is written by Abrar Alvi and cinematographed by the veteran Mr. V.K.Murthy


Producer & Directed by Guru Dutt, this all-time classic have an ensemble star cast like: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, JohnnyWalker, Rehman, Mehmood,TunTun etc. The movie boasts of one of the best performances of S.D. Burman, Sahir Ludhianvi, Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar to produce one of the most lyrical Hindi musicals ever. The film comprises of evergreen songs like: Jaane Woh Kaise Log, Yeh Duniya Agar Mil, Jaane Kya Tune Kahi etc.


Pyaasa will be screened on 11th September 2015 at 2pm and 12th September, 2015 at 9am in “Sala Volpi” auditorium at Venice Film Festival.