Pyasa to compete in Venice Film Festival’s Classics Award category










“Pyaasa”, a timeless cult classic starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Mala Sinha has become the first film to be restored to its original quality for the upcoming Venice Film Festival to be held next month.

The film will compete with 20 other prestigious restored films from all over the world for the coveted “Venice Classics Award” for the best restored film, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival that will be held from September 2-12 in Venice.

Ultra Media and Entertainment, who own the negative rights owners of the movie, have restored this film for the occasion with an objective of preserving and presenting it in its original quality to the global audience.

The film, which first released in 1957 will be screened on September 11 and 12 in Sala Volpi auditorium at the Venice Film Festival.

“It took us nearly four months to restore this film frame by frame and we are happy that the final outcome of the restored version can now be seen in its original form. Out of the many classics that we have restored, ‘Pyaasa’ has a special place in our hearts,” Sushil Kumar Agrawal, CEO, Ultra Media & Entertainment said.

“We are also planning a major theatrical release of ‘Pyaasa’ post its screening at the Venice Film Festival,” he added.

He said that the most challenging part after acquiring the rights of the film was to source the authentic materials to complete the preservation.

“Thousands of instances of dirt, lines, scratches, splices, warps, jitters and green patches were manually removed frame by frame under careful supervision by experienced artists,” he said.


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