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GURU DUTT

Famous Actor and Director Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt is remembered in the history of Indian cinema as the brooding intense romantic who attempted to reflect the changing social situation in India in the fifties. Born as Gurudutta Padukone, he was a telephone operator before joining Prabhat studio in 1944 as an actor, then choreographer and assistant director of Hum Ek Hain in 1946. Within his short life, he created some of India's most socially conscious movies like Baazi (1951), Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz ke Phool (1959). He introduced Waheeda Rehman in CID (1956) and propelled her to stardom through his films. Guru Dutt's films are marked by certain kind of nostalgia, most evident in Chaudvi Ka Chand (1960) and Sahib, Bibi Aur Gulam (1962). In all of his films, Guru Dutt has shown mastery over cinematic elements, from lighting and camera-work to film composition; and every film bears the unmistakable imprint of his work. He is also credited for making India's first CinemaScope film, Kaagaz Ke Phool. His brilliant career came to a premature end with his suicide, following a protracted struggle with alcoholism, in 1964.


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