Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Guru Dutt Stamp





The government of India had honoured one of Hindi Cinema's iconic Directors Guru Dutt with a Postage Stamp in the year 2004.

Guru Dutt Shivshankar Padukone was born on July 9th 1925 in Bangalore. His father worked in Bank while his Mother was a school teacher.

He did his early schooling in calcutta but did not study beyond Matriculation as his family could not afford it. He was always interested in Arts and joined the Uday Shankar "school" in Almora and studied dancing. Then joined prabhat Films as a Dance Director. Here he did not stick to Choreography alone but showed an interest in all other Departments and even did some small roles.

After his contract was over he joined as Assistant Director to Amiya Chakravarthy and later to Gyan Mukherji for his film "Sangram" - 1950.

Much earlier he and his friend an aspiring Actor had promised to give each other a chance the moment the first one makes it Big - the actor who kept his word was Dev Anand who called him in 1951 to Direct the Film "Baazi" - a crime thriller.

During the recording of songs for this film he met Geeta Roy , love blossomed and they married in may 1953.

"Aar Paar" in 1954 saw him being reckoned as a Director of some Repute. This was enhanced by his string of classics that followed Mr and Mrs 55 , Pyasaa , and Kaagaz Ke Phool.

The last film was a disaster in Box Office terms that a dejected Guru Dutt NEVER directed a film after that - at least it was never released in his name. This film is still viewed by fans and critics alike for the sensitive portrayal and superb Photography - Please see my earlier Blog on V.K.Murthy , The Cinematographer.

Soon after he acted and Produced in "Chaudivin Ka Chand" and "Sahib Bibi aur Ghulaam".
To him must go the credit of introducing long focal length lenses of 75mm and 100mm for Close up shots in Indian Films. His selection of themes, use of music and song and finally beautiful dialogues all shot with great care and play of light and shadow ensured that each frame was a masterpiece.

He died on October 10 , 1964. It is said that he committed suicide as he was constantly fighting depression and a battle with alcohol - another great career cut short by that vile and addictive extract of fruits and grain.

A nice Biography of him is released by Oxford written by Nazreen Munna Kabir for those interested in reading more.

Please watch geeta Dutt sing Waqt ne kiya in Kaagaz ke phool and let me know if such precise camera movements and lighting is there in any song by any body !!!! What a classic and REMEMBER he was a Dancer , and yet look at the minimal movements he has given to the actors.

9 comments:

Anand Balaji said...

Sir, I searched for the V.K.Murthy blog post, but couldn't find it. A few years ago I had the good fortune of profiling Mr. Murthy for a newspaper here in Bangalore.
Guru Dutt, the tragic genius' life is littered with heartbreaking episodes.
Like so many stalwarts in various fields before him, he was accorded the recognition he rightly deserved posthumously.
I saw a documentary on the legend once; and in it a friend recollected Dutt's loss of faith in life and work. He apparently said: "I've tasted success and failure... is there anything else that life has to offer apart from these two? There's nothing more for me to look forward to in life now."

Mohan's Musings said...

here is the reference.....just a few weeks ago....
http://mohanramanmuses.blogspot.com/2010/02/vkmurthy.html

Mohan's Musings said...

february 18th to be precise

vasan said...

Nice work sir, It draws back the memory of great guru dutt...

Pls go thro this wonderful video about gurudutt the compilation is good...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4MdLAhP3eE

Karthik PK said...

Very Interesting post Mr Ram ,I am really curious and impressed with your hobby/passion.Keep up the great work.I enjoy good cinema (I cannot say I am an expert) but Gurudutt left a deep void due to his premature demise.I think sixties and too a certan extent seventies were a glorious period in Hindi Cinema,which has started rotting since then.Again ur hobby is really interesting

Cable Sankar said...

thanks for your reply in my blog sir..i've acted with you in anandam. and some more serials. you've done a excellent job.

கவிதை காதலன் said...

முதல் முறையாக உங்கள் தளத்திற்கு வருகை புரிந்திருக்கிறேன். மிக அருமையான கலெக்ஷன்ஸ். Interesting.....

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Very interesting post...

vijay said...

sir, this is vijay from chennai, your blog is really awesome, and i've watched your many films, am also the beatles fan... sir if you've time check my blog for beatles artworks...... congrats...

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