Today marks the 53rd death anniversary of Guru Dutt, the legendary filmmaker, who changed the face of Indian cinema with his innovations.
A man ahead of his time, Guru Dutt is among the few artistes who have made a mark in the history of Indian cinema. An actor, director and producer, this man was perhaps the most brilliant package of talent we ever had.
Guru Dutt has left the image of a somber and self-destructive romantic hero haunted by failure and death. Guru Dutt marked the Indian film industry by a completely different personal approach that is being rediscovered and admired even today. He is remembered in the history of Indian cinema as the brooding passionate romantic who tried to reflect the changing social situation in India in the fifties. Within his short life, he created some of India`s most socially conscious movies like Pyaasa (1957), Kaagaz ke Phool (1960) and Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960).
Even today, movies like Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool are cult classics and are relevant in this time too. Both are listed in Time magazine’s ‘All-Time 100 best movies’!