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The Pure One

One of Kamal Amrohi’s finest films sees Meena Kumari dazzle in her last screen role.

Image from Pakeezah

India 1972
Dir Kamal Amrohi
With Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Ashok Kumar
Urdu with English subtitles
Certificate PG

Set in Lucknow amid the elegant culture of early 20th-century Muslim nobility, Pakeezah features wonderful performances and spectacular musical numbers, assuring the film its place in Indian cinema history. Kamal Amrohi, considered among the great master Indian filmmakers, directs this tale of two generations of courtesans (iconic star Meena Kumari in her last performance) who fall in love across the social divide.

Nasreen Munni Kabir

The screening on Fri 6 Dec will be introduced by Ashanti Omkar, BBC Asian Network broadcaster.


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