Mirza Ghalib

Award winning bio pic of Mirza Ghalib (1954) directed by Sohrab Modi and starring Bharat Bhushan, Suraiya, Nigar Sultana among others.

It depicts one part of his life when Mirza Ghalib (Bharat Bhushan) falls in love with Chaudhvin Begum (Suraiya) who is smitten with the poet. But her family have their own problems including poverty. Mirza has his own problems which is also debt and he is already married to Umrao Begum (Nigar Sultana) but who is childless.

Whole lot of darbar politics in the court of king Bahadur Shah Zafar, Mirza is arrested for gambling and there is whole lot of misunderstanding between the love of Mirza to Chaudvin Begum. Meanwhile Umrao Begum is pining for children at the background and silently crying at the romance between Mirza and Chaudvin Begum.

The dialogues are mostly in Urdu, very chaste, very rich. Suraiya looks beautiful in the movie and has acted magnificently as the jilted lover. Am surprised that she has not got any award for her performance in the film. Songs are all very rich sung by Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood and Suraiya herself.

This is kind of a cult film, must watch for all ages. I hope they digitally enhance this movie to provide some rich colour to the prints.

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