Guru Dutt … The Genius Filmmaker

Guru Dutt with this hard hitting song in his movie PYAASA lambasted the hypocrisy of the society superbly. The movie till date is regarded as a milestone and has been declared as one of the top 10 romantic movies of all time by the reputed Time magazine. Today July, 7, is the birth anniversary of the legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt; Raaga.Com remembers the great actor, director and film producer all rolled into one.

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Born as Guru Dutt Padukone his obsession for Art begun at a young age and he learned dance from the dance maestro Uday Shankar. Readers would be surprised to know that Guru Dutt began his career not as a director but as a choreographer at Prabhat Theatres and it was here that he first came close to Dev Anand who was being introduced in Prabhat Films’ Hum Ek Hai as a hero and Guru Dutt as choreographer. 

Later, it’s history that the two became great friends and Dev Anand fulfilled his promise of giving break to Guru Dutt as a director in his maiden home production, Baazi, After Baazi Guru Dutt directed few more movies but the creative director in him remained unsatisfied. Hence he made his own production company Guru Dutt Films and under this banner he made two India’s best classic – Pyasaa and Kagaz Ke Phool. However both the films failed at the box – office and this lead the brilliant filmmaker to the slow path to death, because appreciation for him was very important. Infact Guru Dutt was so shattered that he began believing himself to be a jinx. Insiders revel that’s the reason despite directing his next film Sahib Biwi Aur Gulam he remained behind the curtain and credited the films credit of direction to his friend Abrar Alvi. 

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Apart from the depression of being robbed of reorganization what further tormented him was the personal trauma of being torn between two women which made him lonelier and it was this loneliness that forced him to take the drastic step. In one of his interviews before he died Guru Dutt had confessed, “I fear someday I may go mad. Loneliness is really very oppressive”.

Sahir sahab summed up his depression beautifully in the verse that is the opening scene of the classic PYASSA… 

Tang aachuke hai Kashme - kashe zindagi se hum …
Thukarna de zamane ko Kahin be – dilse hum 

(I am fed up with the pains and agonies of life …

I wonder I may quit this world in depression)


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