Pakeezah is a beautiful, heart rending film. Passionately developed and performed, its beatific sequences are saturated with love and beauty as is the painterly mise-en-scene which adorns the set. Highlighting the film’s merits is a wonderful soundtrack which provides entertainment as well as context. Rife with layers of subtext, metaphor, and socio-cultural commentary, Pakeezah’s screenplay is quite substantive. This is a multi-faceted Indian classic.
87/100 – Excellent