(Released: Aug 12, 1983)
The best and the noblest in a Harijan is characterised through Gauri, the central character in the story of Pyaas. She lives in Bharat Nagar a humble Basti in a city, symbolising the spirit of New India, where man and women of all castes and creeds live and work together in peace and harmony Gauri is responsible for keeping the Basti clean, but she cannot take away the dirt from the minds of the people nor can she remove age old prejudices against people born of low caste. Gauri is in love with Raja, a young man of the Basti, but Raja's high caste mother can never even dream of polluting her Brahmin household by bringing a bahu as her daughter-in-law. In this basti, one day comes Bhola, a wandering guitar player whom Raja brings as his frined and gives him shelter. Raja's true identity is a mystery, but no one bothers, because everyone loves him. The Basti is ordered to be demolished. The landiord, Raja Saheb, form his Palace has given the orders and Raja Sahebs evil son Avinash and his villainous henchmen have no sympathy for the poor Basti dewellers. Bhola leads the Basti dwellers to the palatial residence of Raja Saheb to allow them ot stay there a little longer and then it is discovered that Bhola is the long lost son of Raja Saheb and the look-alike twin brother of Avinash. Events soon move to a climax. Bhola is murdred, injustice and money power rule supreme. But a thrilling climax exposes the villains.