On guru Dutt’s 96th birth anniversary: why the master of gloom fascinates us even today. Guru Dutt was born on this day in 1925 and died in 1964 at the age of 39. In the past few decades, the fame of the Pyaasa writer has soared beyond imagination.
He was as kind to him as his time was to great artists from Vincent van Gogh to Heath Ledger.
His youthful life and career prompted him to plunge into the trenches of mysterious and indefinable myths. In Hindi cinema, the 1950s is considered a golden age, also considered an era dominated by forces such as Raj Kapoor, V Shantaram, Bimal Roy, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, BR Chopra, and Mehboob Khan, named ‘Guru Dutt’. He said with respect.
Of course, like Olson Wells, the film director he is most often compared to, Dutt’s work only began to be completed after his tragic death. But the industry at the time would have noticed Guru Dutt’s intense obsession with art and his unrivaled attempt to make his films his own.
It’s so artistic that it’s filled with glorious music and evocative motifs, so one look and you know it’s a Guru Dutt movie. Dutt, whose real name is Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone, began as a choreographer. He met three people who changed his life in show business.
For better or for worse, we will never know. One was Dev Anand. Dutt and Anand’s friendship dates back to when the latter, not yet a big star, played in Hum Ek Hain (1946). The rookie Dutt was the choreographer for the same film. The two met by chance one day at the Prabhat Film Studio in Pune when Anand saw Dutt wearing his shirt.
The laundry seems to have sent Dev Anand’s shirt to the wrong person. The duo laughed heartily about the confusion and soon became good friends. Anand promised Dutt that if he became a producer, he would hire Dutt as a director and Dutt would repay the favor by casting a handsome friend as a hero. Whenever they put on a producer’s hat, they kept their word, as history proves.