- Ashok Kumar: Shahabuddin
- Meena Kumari: Nargis / Sahibjaan
- Raaj Kumar: Salim Ahmed Khan
- Veena: Nawabjaan
- D. K. Sapru: Hakim Saab
- Kamal Kapoor: Nawab Zafar Ali Khan
- Nadira: Madame Gauhar Jaan
- Pratima Devi: Salim 's Badi Amma
- Parveen Paul:
The film is set in turn of the century Muslim Lucknow. Shahabuddin 's premier comes from home and yet brings the courtesan Nargis from the brothel, to take her to wife. His father throws them out of the house to their status of her as a prostitute to leave dirty. Therefore Nargis flees to the cemetery, where she lives long a time and gives birth to a child. Finally, she dies and her sister takes the baby itself.
17 years later and Nargis 's daughter Sahibjaan is a prostitute and the attraction of the city. When she falls asleep once in a train, it falls on the traveler Salim Ahmed Khan. He deposited her a loving note, the reserves Sahibjaan and now every day dreaming of the mysterious man.
And indeed she meets him after a boating accident. Both fall in love, but soon turns out that Salim is the nephew of her father. For Salim's father, a marriage of the two is not an option and prohibits the binding.
Sahibjaan dancing on Salim's arranged marriage, where her father Shahabuddin makes their identity locate and recover as his daughter.
In the end, all their wishes and fulfill Sahibjaan Salim marries and leaves her past behind.
The music is by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad Ali. The lyrics written Kaif Bhopali, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Kaifi Azmi. Chalte Chalte and inhe Logone Ne are one of the most famous songs of Lata Mangeshkar.
Pakeezah was planned since 1958 by Kamal Amrohi and his then wife Meena Kumari. Originally wanted Amrohi even take over the male lead. Production began in 1964, but after Amrohi and Kumari had separated, the project was postponed indefinitely. Kumari, who was at that time already an alcoholic, the completion of the film agreed to several years later. Due to her poor health had to be partially replaced by Kumari, Padma Khanna in the dance scenes.
During the filming of the composer Ghulam Mohammed died, whose works were completed by Naushad ( background music). Even the cinematographer Josef Wirsching died during the filming; his part took over R. D. Mathur.
Shortly after Pakeezah was released in February 1972, Meena Kumari died of liver cirrhosis. After her death, the first act taken by the public film became a classic.
Filmfare Award 1973
- Filmfare Award / Best Art Direction at NB Kulkarni