Mirza Ghalib (1954)
Category: Feature Film
Sohrab Modi made this classic in 1954. The film, based on the life of the great Indian poet who lived during the reign of Bahadur Shah Zafar, won the President's Gold Medal for the Best Feature Film of 1954. The film beautifully captures the mood of the period and magnificence of the court of the last Mughal where the poets like Zauq, Momin, Tishna, Shefta and Ghalib assembled to recite their verse. Suraiya gave her finest dramatic performance, in the role of the married Ghalib's lover, a courtesan. Her singing in the film is till date regarded as the definitive Ghalib. In fact India's then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru paid her the ultimate compliment by telling her she had brought Mirza Ghalib to life, 'Tumne Mirza Ghalib Ki Rooh Ko Zinda Kar Diya'.
Cast: Bharat Bhushan, Suraiya, Ulhas, Durga Khote, Mukri, Kumkum, Iftekhar, Murad, Nigar Sultana