Pakeezah (1972)

Drama/Romance 2h 34m
Cast: Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Ashok Kumar
Genre: Drama/Romance
Duration: 2h 34m
Producer: Kamal Amrohi
Music Director(s): Ghulam Mohammad, Naushad Ali
Lyricist(s): Syed Amir Haider Kamal Naqvi (Kamal Amrohi), Traditional, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaif Bhopali, Kaifi Azmi
Release Date: 04 Feb, 1972
Filming Location: Kamal Amrohi Studios, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


Cast and Crew

Nargis / Sahibjaan
Salim Ahmed Khan
Hakim Saab (as Sapru)
Nawab Zafar Ali Khan
Madame Gauhar Jaan
Salim's Badi Amma


  • [singing] Salim Ahmed Khan: Come, my love, come, / let us soar beyond the moon... Sahibjaan: I am ready, / let us go...
  • Salim Ahmed Khan: Tonight, I will see those feet you planted in my heart, performing in front of everyone. Will I be able to look?
  • Salim Ahmed Khan: [in a note to Sahibjaan] Aapke paon dekhe, bahut haseen hai. / Inhe zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayenge. [Saw your feet; they are very beautiful. / Don't place them on the ground, they will get dirty]
  • Hakim Saab: Jo log doodh se jal jate hain woh chhas bhi phoonk phoonk kar peete hain. [Those who get burnt by milk blow into buttermilk too before drinking it] Salim Ahmed Khan: Afsos, log doodh se bhi jal jate hain. [Alas, people get burnt by milk too]
  • Salim Ahmed Khan: This mansion is built on quicksand out of fog - it cannot give refuge to anyone.


  • In 1958, Ashok Kumar had signed on to play the role of Salim, who was to be a businessman. When filming was resumed in 1968, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt were considered for the role. When Raaj Kumar accepted the role, it was modified from a businessman to a forest ranger to match Kumar's rugged build. Ashok Kumar was still on, though now he was to play Hakim Saab; but he instead played Shahabuddin, while Hakim Saab was played by D.K. Sapru.
  • Meena Kumari died two months after the film released. Until then, it had had a lukewarm response at the box-office, but afterwards it became a hit and acquired cult status. It also unfortunately acquired the unfortunate distinction of being considered as Kumari's last film.
  • Waheeda Rehman paid a brief visit to Meena Kumari on the sets.
  • In between the making of Pakeezah, Kamal Amrohi had produced and released Dil Apna Preet Parai with the same stars, this film was directed by Kishore Sahu.
  • In 1972, veteran actor Pran turned down his Filmfare Award for Be-Imaan (1972), because while the Filmfare Best Music Award had gone to Shankar-Jaikishen for his own film Be-Imaan (1972), he felt that _Pakeezah (1971)_ had not been awarded on merit and that the late 'Ghulam Mohammed' was more deserving of that award.