Kagaz Ke Phool

Posted: April 26, 2014 in 100 remarkable Indian films, Cinema techniques


A semi-autobiographical film by director Guru Dutt. The film traces the life of a director as he is caught trapped in his creative vision and unable to reconcile himself with the changing commercial trends. His growing fondness for one of his proteges (Waheeda Rehman) against a crumbling marriage in which he loses custody of his daughter, to whom he was closely attached led him to alcoholism. Will he be able to fight back? Watch this film for the answer. The highlights are some beautiful lighting techniques (in the song line ‘Tum bhi kho gaye, hum bhi kho gaye, ek raha por chalke do kadam’ the two protagonist in this dreamy sequence is shown approaching a focused light beam, and upon facing each other when they’re near simply vanishes), the haunting songs (Waqt ne kiya, kya haseen situm…), the good performances and a peep into the film world.

The film could have been edited in a better way. The buffoonery of Johnny Walker and some needless songs dilutes an otherwise inspiring film. The credit for the story goes to Abrar Alvi…The camerawork by V. K. Murthy is excellent.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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