Legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt is probably the most adored Bollywood filmmaker of all time. Even today, contemporary filmmakers are inspired by his captivating style of filmmaking and are bowled over by his brilliance in selecting story.
Guru Dutt who made some of the hard-hitting social awakening movies like PYAASA (1957), KAAGAZ KE PHOOL (1960), SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM 91962), was not restricted to social drama instead he proved his mastery in crime thrillers with BAAZI (1951), CID (1956) and his proficiency at comedy in MR AND MRS 55. Hence his films still leave an impression on thinking filmmakers.
Recently at the book release of the screenplay of Guru Dutt’s awe-inspiring films viz. SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM, CHAUDHVIN KA CHAND and KAAGAZ KE PHOOL, prominent filmmakers of today Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Dibakar Banerjee, Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap shared their experiences how Guru Dutt and his immortal films keep inspiring them.
Saluting the genius filmmaker Farhan Akhtar said, “I became his devotee after I saw his movie PYAASA. What left me dumbfounded was the significance of the subject. Even today the subject holds sense and the songs like Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye toh kya hai or Jinhe naaz hai hind par who kahan hai compel us to ponder.”
“What makes me admire Guru Dutt is his command in selecting subjects. He was born in a Kannada family yet what is amazing is that he made his movie SAHEB, BIWI AUR GHULAM inspired from Bengali novel. This gives a lesson to new breed of filmmakers to read books for powerful subjects,” said Dibakar Banerjee, famous director and screenwriter, known for films like KHOSLA KA GHOSLA, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE!
Praising Guru Dutt, Anurag Kashyap said, “Guru Dutt was genius in capturing the scenes on celluloid. He played with light, mood, emotions. His style of narration was quite innovative and path breaking.”
“What made Guru Dutt special was that he never bothered about the box office,” said Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Recalling his conversation with Dev Anand, Chopra said, “Devji informed me that despite KAAGAZ KE PHOOL failure Guru Dutt, was confident and he proved it with the success of his next film CHAUDHVIN KA CHAND (1960)
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