O.P. Dutta (1922–9 February 2012) a filmmaker and writer, was born in Gujranwala, British India to a Punjabi Brahmin family. He began his career in 1948. He directed nine films until 1959, after which he got into writing dialogues, scripts and stories for films. He wrote most of the films for his director son, J.P. Dutta, notably Border and LOC Kargil. In 2001, he won the International Indian Film Academy Award and the Filmfare Award for the film Refugee. In 2006, he won a Lifetime Achievement Award from Filmfare. Dutta died from pneumonia in Mumbai on 9 February 2012. He was 90.
O.P also made a film in Karachi post independence in the early 1950s, called ‘Anokhi’, and further helped build a studio in that city. He wrote scripts/dialogues for the films ‘Mastana’ ( *Mehmood Vinod Khanna ), ‘Jeet’ (* Randhir Kapoor Babita ), ‘Chirag’ (* Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh) and ‘Do Raaste’ (* Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz), among others. He did not figure in the credits due to differences with Raj Khosla, who insisted on him sharing credits with another writer.
OP Dutta was the father of JP Dutta, producer and director of indian films, and father-in-law of former actress Bindiya Goswami.