Produced and directed by Guru Dutt, the 1957 film had an ensemble star cast including Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Johnny Walker, Rehman, Mehmood and Tun Tun.
“The screening of ‘Pyaasa’ will be held on November 21. We will also be re-releasing the film theatrically worldwide after the festival,” said Sushil Kumar Agrawal, CEO of Ultra Media and Entertainment, which has restored the film.
In September, the restored film had world premiere in the competition section at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. It competed with 20 other prestigious restored films from all over the world and was also screened in the ‘restored classics’ section of the recently concluded 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
Besides ‘Pyaasa’, eight other films under the ‘classics’ section to be screened at the Azad Maidan venue in ‘open air screening’ format are ‘Jait re Jait’, ‘Manthan’, ‘Bhavani Bhavai”, “Is Raat ki Subaah Nahi”, “Uttarayanam”, “Ek Din Achanak’, ‘Ajantrik’ and ‘Do Bigha Zameen’.