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The great poet Vijay (played by director Guru Dutt) has only two admirers, his mother and a prostitute who discovers his poems at a rag dealer's shop after his brothers sell them for scrap. The final third of this 1957 Indian musical is convoluted but also moving, as dramatic compositions heighten the narrative conflict between artistic idealism and an avaricious society. Unfortunately the print being shown lacks subtitles for the frequent musical numbers, which seem important to the story—some of them are settings of Vijay's poems. With Waheeda Rehman. In Hindi with subtitles. 146 min.

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