Pakeezah’s famous line

Raaj Kumar tucks a note between her toes.

“Aap ke paon dekhey, bahut haseen hain, Inhen zameen par mat utariyega, mailey ho jayengey”. Pakeezah (1972)

“I saw your feet, they are very beautiful. Don’t place them onto the ground. They will get soiled”

Meena in this film is a courtesan. Courtesans in India dance mujra kathak, using heavy anklets. Kathak captures for its use of intricate footwork. So it is interesting that he, unbeknownst to this, says “Don’t place them onto the ground. They will get soiled”. What a line!

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One thought on “Pakeezah’s famous line

  1. My favourite films are pakeezah and umrao jaan
    i have watched them many times
    they teach us many lessons

    amarjit

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