Indian director Guru Dutt’s fifties’ classic musical-drama Pyaasa has been listed fifth among Time magazine’s Valentine’s Day list of top Romantic Movies.
For the Feb 14 day celebrating love and affection between intimate companions, “Time.com has a list – from the songs you need to ease the pain to the movies that will sweep you up in a romance nearly as epic as your own” In picking up Pyaasa, Time asked: “Where did classic Hollywood go when it died?”
And answered its own question: “To India, where the nation’s pop cinema still attends to antique conventions of family fealty, personal integrity and, of course, all-conquering love.” “In this achingly lush tale of a poet whose one true friend is a prostitute, director-star Guru Dutt creates a musical drama as shimmering and ethereal as the poet’s verses, as sultry and earthy as Waheeda Rehman, the 20-year-old actress who became Guru Dutt’s mistress and muse,” Time said. “Pyaasa means ‘thirst’; if this film is your introduction to the glamour and heartbreak of Indian film, it’ll leave you parched for more,” it said.
Here are the top ten Romantic Movies: Son of the Sheik (1926), Dodsworth (1936), Camille (1936), An Affair to Remember (1957), Pyaasa (1957), Jules and Jim (1962), Chungking Express, Moulin Rouge (2001), Talk to Her (2002), Brokeback Mountain (2005)