Bollywood Classics Series: "Pakeezah"
Our series presents films that influenced the genre as it developed from the 1960s to the present day. Beginning and ending in the golden age of Mughal emperor Akbar, it also showcases the arts and histories of Muslim civilizations.
Will love conquer all in this Bollywood story about a Lucknowi courtesan longing to change her life? Find out at this screening under the stars. Telling the story of a woman raised in a brothel but “pure of heart,” Pakeezah took over 14 years to complete. It marks the final performance of celebrated actress Meena Kumari, who died shortly after the filming ended. Its elaborate musical numbers and lavish sets inspired generations of Bollywood filmmakers.